Disclosure: This post about taking care of your child’s eyes, was sponsored by CooperVision but as always, my thoughts and opinions are my own.
Our eyes. The window to the soul, some say. As a mom of five, I had no idea how important regular eye exams were until I had my first child. I had gotten regular exams growing up, and even had a few more as an adult, but I had no idea that testing my child’s eyes should have been something I did before they started school.
When my daughter was just 3½, my sister-in-law told me that I should get her eyes tested since lazy eye was something hereditary on her side of the family. So, I took her in right away. Much to my surprise, the poor thing could not see very well—she was nearsighted. The problem with younger kids is that when they have an issue with their vision, they have no idea that how they see isn’t how everyone else sees. Children will compensate and just think that it’s their normal.
Did you know:
According to the World Health Organization, occurrences of myopia (more commonly referred to as nearsightedness) are expected to increase from approximately 2 billion people to nearly 5 billion people in 2050—nearly half of the world’s expected population1.
Since my experience with my first child, I have made sure to have all my children’s eyes tested regularly because I know that it is so important. Myopia affects many children and is growing at an alarming rate. Luckily, there is help thanks to CooperVision.
MiSight® 1 day contact lenses. The world’s first 1-day soft contact lens proven to slow myopia progression in children by 59%2
- A simple-to-wear, 1-day soft contact lens your child throws away at the end of each day
- ActivControl® Technology targets the source of myopia progression3
- Lets children with myopia see well at all distances2
MiSight® 1 day contact lenses are convenient to use as there is no need to clean and store them.
Over a three-year period of studying MiSight® 1 day contact lenses in children ages 8–15 years: 4
- 90% of children said they preferred wearing their MiSight® 1-day contact lenses over their glasses.
- Less than 10% of children needed help from parents to insert and remove their MiSight 1-day contact lenses.
- 100% of parents said their children were happy with the experience of wearing contact lenses5.
Slowing the progression of myopia supports the long-term health of your child’s eyes6.
I wish that these contacts were around when my daughter was first diagnosed with myopia because I would have tried them out when she was old enough to wear contacts. The challenge with myopia is that as the eye continues to grow, the retinal tissue has to stretch. Worsening myopia can lead to eye health and vision issues later in life6. As my daughter has gotten older, her prescription has changed several times and although it hasn’t gotten much worse since she was three, having the choice to use a product like the MiSight® 1 day contact lenses, that have been proven to slow the progression of myopia, would have been an easy choice for me.
To learn more about myopia visit: https://fightmyopia.ca/
Find out more about CooperVision and the MiSight® 1-day contact lenses: https://coopervision.ca/contact-lenses/misight1day and ask your certified Eye Care Professional to see if MiSight® 1 day is right for your child.
- Holden BA, Fricke TR, Wilson DA, et al. Global prevalence of myopia and high myopia and temporal trends from 2000 through 2050. 2016;123(5):1036-1042.
- Chamberlain P, Logan N, Jones D, Gonzalez-Meijome J, Saw S-M, Young G. Clinical evaluation of a dual-focus myopia control 1-day soft contact lens: 3-year results. Presented at: British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference, Liverpool, England. Compared with a single-vision, one-day lens over a three-year period.
- MiSight® 1 day contact lenses may not slow the rate of myopia progression in all children and will not cure myopia.
- After 1 month of wear, 100% of the children found the lens easy to remove and 85% of who have never worn contact lenses before found the lenses easy to insert. Data on file, CooperVision.
- Overall experience as defined as children’s comfort, vision, lens handling, and freedom from glasses. Data on file, CooperVision.
- Flitcroft DI. The complex interactions of retinal, optical and environmental factors in myopia aetiology. Prog Retin Eye Res. 2012;31(6):622-660.