What is Myopia?
Near-sightedness, also called myopia, occurs when patients can see well up close, but have blurred distance vision.
It is caused from the eye itself growing longer over time, stretching out the retina and neurological tissue, which results in progressive vision loss and prescription changes.
Myopic patients are at a significantly higher risk of retinal detachments, glaucoma, and a host of other ocular diseases later in life, in addition to overall worsening vision.
Who is at risk?
1 in 2
when both parents are myopic
1 in 3
when one parent is myopic
1 in 3
when neither parent is myopic
Insufficient time spent outdoors
Prolonged time spent reading or utilizing digital devices/computers
Why is Myopia Management important?
In the short term, the benefits are similar to typical contact lense use:
- Corrected vision for daily activities, such as schoolwork
- A more comfortable experience versus wearing glasses
- No glasses to lose or break
- Accomodates a more active lifestyle versus wearing glasses
For children who begin a myopia management program, their vision will not only be corrected today, but the progression of myopia over the child’s growing years will be slowed, potentially minimizing the long-term impact of myopia.
In the long term, benefits include:
- Reduces change in eye shape
- Reduces change in eye shapethat causes damage to retinal tissue
- Fewer prescription changesover time due to limiting the progression of near-sightedness
- Reduced risk of Retinal Detachments, Glaucoma, and a host of other ocular diseases later in life
How does Myopia Management work?
However, we now seek ways to slow down the changes to eye shape, which is called, “Myopia Management.”
There are two FDA-approved technologies for myopia management:
- Orthokeratology, also known as Ortho-K
- MiSight 1-day Contact Lenses
Ortho-K is a non-surgical option that corrects myopia without the daytime use of glasses or contact lenses. Ortho-K lenses are worn at night, and correct the curvature of the cornea while sleeping, so you can see clearly during the day. In multiple clinical trials, Ortho-K has been proven to reduce myopia progression by roughly
MiSight 1-Day Contact Lenses
MiSight is a 1-day disposable, soft contact lense that fits and feels like a regular contact lens. It not only corrects distance vision, but has the added benefit of being clinically proven (and FDA approved) to slow the progression of myopia in children who began treatment by an average of 59%.
Leaders in Myopia Management
Dr. Andrew Neukirch lectures nationally on the topics of specialty contact lenses and myopia control.
Some children with myopia may not meet the specific FDA criteria for Ortho-K and/or MiSight. In these cases, alternate peer-reviewed and evidence based myopia management treatment methods, such as atropine therapy, may be considered. Click here for more information
Learn more about Myopia Management
Phoebe, a Glenview resident, was one of Carillon’s very first MiSight Myopia Management patients – and one of the first MiSight patients in the entire country! Check out her and her mom’s early journey with this exciting program.
A recording of Dr. Andrew Neukirch’s live educational and engaging conversation about Myopia Management with our patient Aleena and her mom. He speaks all about myopia and answers questions in a Q&A to help you manage your child’s eyesight.