With the new school year upon us—whether it’s virtual or in-person—now is the time you need to take your child to the eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam. There’s nothing worse than your child not being able to learn from the classroom whiteboard or enjoy sports activities because they can’t see clearly. Odds are, your child’s routine has changed quite a bit over the past few months. You may have found your family spending more time on digital devices and reading and less time outdoors, which studies have found may have an impact on the development of myopia (also known as nearsightedness).1,2
When children are diagnosed with myopia, glasses are a common solution. While glasses will help a child with myopia see the whiteboard, they’re not able to impact the long-term progression of the myopia. MiSight® 1 day contact lenses are the first and only FDA-approved* soft contact lenses proven to slow the progression of myopia in children, aged 8-12 at the initiation of treatment.†9 Read on to see how MiSight® 1 day contact lenses work, and if these contact lenses may be a fit for your child!
Myopia is very common—more than 40 percent of Americans have it.3 Your family history also plays a role in whether your child will develop it: the odds of a child developing myopia is increased by three times with one myopic parent,4 and the odds of a child developing myopia is six times as likely with two myopic parents.5 If left untreated, myopia can lead to sight-threatening conditions later in life, including retinal detachment, myopic maculopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts.6
How Does MiSight® 1 day Work?
You’re probably wondering whether contact lenses are right for your child. MiSight® 1 day is a healthy way for children to wear contact lenses; your doctor will show you and your child how to care for the lenses and apply and remove them safely. Though you may not think your child will be able to use contact lenses, we can assure you that children learn to apply lenses fairly quickly, with 85 percent of them finding it easy to apply after just one month!7
The MiSight® 1 day contact lenses feature ActivControl™ Technology, which corrects blurry vision and may help slow the elongation of the eyeball and myopia progression in children (aged 8-12 at the initiation of treatment). Such children should wear the lenses for a minimum of 10 hours a day, 6 days a week for best results and should continue using the contact lenses until their eyes stop growing and the prescription stabilizes as directed by their eye care professional.8
While it’s best to have your child’s eyes examined by an eye doctor at least once a year, there are ways you can check on their vision in between visits to keep an “eye” out for any changes. For example, when you’re in the kitchen, have your little one stand 20 feet away from the stove, cover one eye at a time, and read out the time on an oven clock that is around nine millimeters large. If they’re struggling or squinting, it may be time to make an appointment with an eye doctor for an exam.
What is the Brilliant Futures™ Myopia Management Program?
The Brilliant Futures™ Myopia Management Program with MiSight® 1 day contact lenses is what your family will use to manage your child’s nearsightedness. Addy, an eight and a half-year-old who was diagnosed with myopia when she was in Kindergarten, began managing her myopia using MiSight® 1 day with the Brilliant Futures™ Myopia Management Program. Addy’s mom has myopia, and Addy’s myopia had progressed quickly. Putting in contacts took her a little while to learn, but with a little practice, she got the hang of it and now wears her contacts almost every day, usually longer than the minimum recommended wearing time to slow her myopia.9
“It was such an easy option,” says Addy’s mom, “and the contacts give her more freedom so she doesn’t have to deal with glasses. I love everything about it!”
The Brilliant Futures™ Myopia Management Program is much more than simply receiving contact lenses. When your family is enrolled in the program, you receive free product shipping and returns. Parents have access to an interactive mobile app that keeps them engaged with MiSight® 1 day product information, myopia management details, lens handling instructions, appointment scheduling, product ordering, and more.
Learn more about the Brilliant Futures™ Myopia Management Program with MiSight® 1 day by speaking to a certified Brilliant Futures™ eye care professional in your area. Click here to find a doctor.
—Leah R. Singer
Indications and Important Safety Information
Results may vary.
ATTENTION: Reference the Patient Information Booklet for a complete listing of Indications and Important Safety Information. Indication: 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.
†Compared to a single vision 1 day lens over a 3 year period.
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