What is Myopia?

Myopia is a common eye condition otherwise known as nearsightedness. Children who suffer from myopia can have trouble seeing objects at a distance which can make tasks such as participating in school, watching a movie, or playing sports particularly difficult.

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Common Causes

Family History—
Myopia is hereditary. Having family members with a history of myopia can increase the risk that your child will have problems with their vision.
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Daily Activities—
Participating in an excessive amount of close vision activities such as reading or using digital devices can put stress on the eyes and lead to a permanent reduction of vision over time.
Other Conditions— Symptoms of myopia, including blurry vision or frequent headaches, can also be a sign of other serious eye conditions such as diabetes or cataracts
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Myopia Can Worsen Over Time

Myopia typically develops during childhood and can continue to progress as the eye grows until around age 20. This can result in the need for stronger prescription strengths year-over-year as well as an increased risk of other eye conditions later in life.

Prevention and Management

1. Start talking to your child about their eye health at an early age. Sometimes children are not even aware that how they see is abnormal because they may think that everyone sees in this way.

2. Keep an eye on how long your child uses digital devices to ensure they are not putting excessive strain on their eyes. Encourage them to take frequent breaks and spend time playing outdoors.

3. Plan routine visits to your child’s Shopko Optical optometrist to measure the progression of their vision, evaluate the status of their eye health, and determine which eyewear is right for their lifestyle and myopia management.

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Child-friendly daily disposable contact lenses proven to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children aged 8-12 at the initiation of treatment.1, 2

Soft contact lenses that are comfortable and easy to use for age-appropriate children.1 Convenient daily disposable replacement schedule means they’ll start each day with a fresh, clean lens for a healthier lens-wearing experience. Great option for activities such as sports or other activities when glasses are not an option.

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if MiSight® 1 day can help manage your child’s myopia

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1. Chamberlain P, et al. A 3-year randomized clinical trial of MiSight® lenses for myopia control. Optom Vis Sci. 2019;96(8):556–567.

2. Compared with a single vision one-day lens over a three-year period.

Indications and Important Safety Information. Rx only. Results may vary. ATTENTION: Reference the Patient Information Booklet for a complete listing of Indications and Important Safety Information. *Indications: MiSight® 1 day (omafilcon A) soft (hydrophilic) contact  lenses for daily wear are indicated for the correction of myopic ametropia and for slowing the progression of myopia in children with non-diseased eyes, who at the initiation of treatment are 8-12 years of age and have a refraction of -0.75 to -4.00 diopters(spherical  equivalent) with ≤ 0.75 diopters of astigmatism. The lens is to be discarded after each removal. Warnings: Problems with contact lenses could result in serious injury to the eye. Do not expose contact lenses to water while wearing them. Under certain circumstances MiSight®  lenses optical design can cause reduced image contrast/ghosting/halo/glare in some patients that may cause difficulties with certain visually-demanding tasks. Precautions: Daily wear single use only. Patient should always dispose when lenses are removed. No overnight wear. Patients should exercise extra care if performing potentially hazardous activities. Adverse events: Including but not limited to infection/inflammation/ulceration/abrasion of the cornea, other parts of the eye or eyelids. Some of these adverse reactions can cause  permanent or temporary loss of vision. If you notice any of the stated in your child, immediately have your child remove the lenses and contact your eye care professional.