What is short-sightedness? Short-sightedness, or myopia, typically starts in childhood and usually requires glasses or contact lenses to see the detail on a whiteboard or the TV, for example.1
An example of what a school classroom looks like to a short-sighted child
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be short-sighted, our vision simulator helps to give some answers.
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How short-sightedness progresses
A child with short-sightedness may need a stronger prescription as they continue to grow.2 Prescription changes happen at a different rate for each child, so regular eye examinations are important to ensure they can see clearly. Stronger prescriptions mean thicker glasses and children will become more and more reliant on them to see. While this is inconvenient, it may also lead to an increased risk of future eye health problems such as retinal detachments and myopic macular degeneration.3
Causes of short-sightedness
Short-sightedness is most commonly caused by the eye growing too long. Certain factors make a child more likely to become short-sighted, such as:4
Children who have short-sighted parents are more likely to inherit the condition. In fact, if both parents are short-sighted, there’s a 50% chance their children will be short-sighted too.6
Not enough time outdoors
Spending more time outdoors may help delay the onset of short- sightedness.5 Sunlight stimulates the production of vitamin D and dopamine, which are linked to healthy eye development.7,8 Experts recommend a minimum of 10 hours outdoors each week – about 90 minutes a day.9
Too much time focusing on nearby objects
Modern lifestyles mean we spend more time focusing our eyes on nearby objects such as phones and tablets. It’s important to be mindful that activities such as computer use, reading and watching TV increase the chance of developing short-sightedness.5,10
How can we help?
Although there is currently no cure for myopia, we are able to fit your child with contact lenses that may slow down the progression of Myopia. Our eye care practitioners have extensive experience in myopia management and can advise suitable treatment tailored specifically for your child.
Dual focus contact lenses
Dual focus contact lenses, such as MiSight® 1 day are worn during the day to correct vision and slow down the progression of short-sightedness in children. MiSight® 1 day is just like a soft daily disposable contact lens but with a special optical design, proven to slow down the speed at which short-sightedness progresses.12
Contact Lenses designed for children
MiSight® 1 day is a daily disposable contact lens designed for children so they can get the dual benefit of clear, spectacle-free vision and the possibility of slowing down prescription changes by 59% on average.12*
We now offer the Brilliant Futures™ Myopia Management Programme from CooperVision which includes the proven MiSight® 1 day contact lenses providing you with information, support and regular assessment. The programme is specially designed to maximise the success of slowing down your child’s short-sightedness.
Children as young as 8 can successfully wear contact lenses12* and tell us they:13
- Feel more competent when taking part in sport and other physical activities
- Feel better about their appearance
- Feel better about fitting in with their friends
Proven to slow short-sightedness progression in children by 59% on average12*
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