The Myopia epidemic

Over the past two decades a sharp increase in patients with myopia, also known as nearsightedness, has been registered across the globe. This has drawn the attention of the eye care industry: according to Coopervision experts, more than 50% of the global population is estimated to be myopic by 2050.

Particularly worrying is the increasing number of myopic children. In fact, children are becoming myopic at a younger age and two-thirds of eye care practitioners have reported that the number of nearsighted children in their practices has significantly increased over the past 5-10 years. Nearsightedness is one of the most common, as well as one of the biggest issues in children’s eyesight today.

What is myopia?

Myopia is more commonly called nearsightedness, and is the inability to see objects clearly at a distance. This condition can be corrected using glasses or contact lenses.

What causes myopia?

Evidence suggests that behavioral and lifestyle factors along with genetics, are contributing to the myopia 'epidemic'.

It’s known that myopia in children is more likely to be present when the condition is already affecting their parents. The risk is nearly 1 in 2 children becoming myopic when both parents already are, and 1 in 3 when one parent is myopic. When neither parent is myopic, the risk lowers to 1 in 4.

Modern lifestyle also seems a contributing factor to the myopia ‘epidemic’. Children nowadays spend insufficient time outdoors. Their eyes are constantly exposed to digital devices for increasingly longer time as children are often busy with computers and portable devices such as phones and tablets.

Myopia management in children

If you’ve have worn glasses or contact lenses all your life, start managing myopia in children as young as 8 years of age might seem early. However, when myopia develops in young children, it usually progresses faster and more severly, bringing all the associated discomforts and risks.

Worsening myopia may contribute to more severe eye health complications and potentially blinding conditions later in life, including retinal detachment, myopic maculopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts. Starting myopia management early is crucial in order to minimise risk.

Nearsightedness in children, especially when undiagnosed, can also cause developmental issues in your child’s education, social relations, and learning. Take a look at this myopia simulator to see what your child’s vision looks like with myopia.

We can manage myopia together

Keep your child’s future brilliant. The first step towards this goal is booking a comprehensive eye exam with our expert clinicians. There are a number of options and solutions available, including special children contact lenses, to keep myopia under control and ensure your child's eyes stay healthy.

MiSight® 1 day – children contact lenses

MiSight 1 Day are child-friendly daily disposable contact lenses clinically proven to slow the progression of nearsightedness by 59% on average in children aged 8-12 at the initiation of treatment.

The MiSight 1 Day (omafilcon A) Soft (Hydrophilic) Contact Lenses for Daily Wear are made from a "water-loving" (hydrophilic) material that has the ability to absorb water, making the lens soft and flexible.

Of children aged 8-15, who had never worn contact lenses before:

  • - 95-100% of age-appropriate children said they preferred wearing their MiSight 1 day contact lenses over wearing their glasses.
  • - Children as young as 8 years were able to handle their lenses confidently soon after initial fitting.

These lenses are indicated for daily wear single use: once removed, they are to be discarded and a fresh new pair is used every day. Daily disposable lenses provide greater comfort and lower the risk of infection.

MiSight® 1 Day are available in our practices

If this product is of your interest, please feel free to get in touch and book an appointment. Our expert staff will assess the situation of your child’s eyes and advise on the appropriate treatment accordingly.

Please visit our booking page to make an appointment, or contact your local practice.

Article source: CooperVision