Limiting the progression of childhood myopia
Myopia (nearsightedness) is a condition that is associated with blurred vision at distance. Increasing amounts of myopia are associated with an increased risk of sight-threatening eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, myopic maculopathy, retinal holes, retinal tear and retinal detachments. Your doctor has prescribed an intervention to help limit the progression of your child’s nearsightedness.
The use of specially designed contact lenses has been shown in numerous studies to significantly limit the progression of myopia when compared to a traditional single vision contact lenses or glasses. The effectiveness of these specialty therapeutic contact lenses has been reported to reduce the rate of myopic progression by 59% depending on studies cited.
The theory of how they reduce the myopia progression of myopia is based on the concept of “peripheral myopic defocus”. By focusing light in front of the peripheral retina, these specialty lenses inhibit the elongation of the eyeball which would result in an increase of myopia as well as increased risk of the aforementioned diseased.
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