How can contact lenses for children help to preserve their vision?

Short-sightedness, otherwise known as myopia, in children has doubled in the last 50 years and this number is only set to increase in the future. The worse the short-sightedness, the greater the lifetime risk of developing several sight-threatening eye conditions, including glaucoma and retinal detachment. So, if you have been told that your child is shortsighted, it’s understandable that you may be worried about how severe it could potentially become. Thankfully, you can do more than correct their vision with glasses or contacts now – you can actually slow the progression of their myopia!

How? There are 2 options: EyeDream Ortho K lenses or MiSight contact lenses, both of which are available at Taylor Biddle Opticians in Wolverhampton and are suitable for children aged 8 upwards.

Here’s how each work:

MiSight®

MiSight® 1 Day soft contact lenses are worn during the day. They will correct your child’s vision in the same way as glasses do, but also signal to the eye to stop growing longer — as elongation of the eye is what results in myopia. You may be concerned about how your child will cope with wearing them but in our experience, we find children quickly adapt to wearing them as they are easy to use and provide a high level of comfort.

EyeDream Ortho K

As with MiSight® contacts, Ortho K contacts also provide vision correction, but these are rigid lenses which are worn overnight while your child sleeps. They imperceptibly flatten the surface of the cornea, which is what results in crystal clear vision the very next morning. Your child can then go about their day seeing clearly without wearing contacts or glasses. In addition to providing vision correction, these lenses have also been shown to slow down the progression of myopia in children. They are safe to use, as they are only worn in the home at night, under parental supervision and are arguably as comfortable as wearing normal soft contact lenses.

Learn more about contacts and your child’s vision

These revolutionary contact lenses for children offer more than vision correction – they ensure that your child’s eye health and vision is being protected as much as possible by reducing the risks associated with advanced myopia. EyeDream and MiSight® contact lenses offer the ideal solution.

To find out if your child could benefit from either EyeDream or MiSigh®t lenses, we need to start by doing an NHS comprehensive examination, so we can determine their latest prescription and check their eye health.

Simply book an appointment for your child this half-term at our Compton or Wombourne opticians in Wolverhampton, and our experienced optometrists will also be happy to answer all of your questions about myopia control.