A Brief Description of the Myopia Management Services Available at Louisiana Eye Care
If you are concerned that your child’s prescription is getting worse every year, we can help! Dr. Celeste DiCarlo is a Certified Eye Care Professionals for the Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program. This program is FDA-approved to slow the progression of nearsightedness, medically known as myopia, by using the CooperVision MiSight® 1-Day contact lens. Call or text us to schedule an appointment for your child today!
CooperVision’s MiSight® 1 day is the first and only contact lens FDA-approved* to slow the progression of myopia in children aged 8-12 at the initiation of treatment. Children can apply the soft, daily wear, single use contact lenses to their eyes in the morning, wear them for at least 10 hours during the day, then dispose of them in the evening. The FDA-approved* lens is available as part of a comprehensive myopia management approach offered by Louisiana Eye Care through CooperVision.
How Does it Work?
MiSight® 1 day is an award-winning dual-focus soft contact lens that uses ActivControl™ Technology to slow the elongation of the eyeball. The ActivControl™ Technology in MiSight® 1 day utilizes an optic zone concentric ring design with alternating vision correction and treatment zones. Two zones are vision correction zones with the label power of the contact lens, and the alternating two zones are treatment zones with 2 diopters of defocus to slow the progression of myopia. This design allows the child to see clearly while benefiting from the treatment effect.
What is Myopia?
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness or shortsightedness, is the inability to see things clearly, unless they are situated close to your eyes. This makes distant objects appear blurry. Myopia usually develops when the eye grows too long from front to back, with this measurement known as axial length. Most commonly, myopia is diagnosed around the ages of 5 to 7 with most patients experiencing worsening until age 12 to 16.
Myopia is the most common refractive error among children and young adults. It’s estimated that close to 30% of the world’s population is currently myopic. It is predicted that by the year 2050, close to 50% of the world’s population will be myopic.
Most patients with this refractive condition wear eyeglasses or contacts to correct their vision. However, if the myopia continues to progress as your child grows, it can cause your child to be at higher risk of developing serious eye diseases later in life such as retinal detachment, myopic maculopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. By the year 2050, it is estimated that 55.7 million people will be visual impairment due to myopia maculopathy and that 18.5 million will be blind from it. Fortunately, we can now do something about these staggering statistics!
What is Myopia Management?
Myopia Management, sometimes called Myopia Control, is a series of treatments that are expected to slow the axial elongation of the eye, thereby slowing the progression of myopia. It is not expected to reverse myopia and not expected to stop it completely, but it definitely slows the process down to benefit the patient in the long run. These treatments can include eye drops and specific contact lenses and, in some cases, specific eyeglasses.
Not only is myopia management expected to reduce the risk of future ocular disease, but it is also expected to allow your child to enjoy a smaller refractive error (having glasses that aren’t as thick!).
Dr. DiCarlo will work individually with your child through the Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program using the CooperVision MiSight® 1-Day contact lens. These contacts are FDA-approved to slow the progression of myopia in children age 8 to 12 at initiation of treatment. Please note that if your child is outside this age range, they can still wear the MiSight contact lens.
Is my child a candidate for Myopia Management?
During your child’s eye exam at LEC, Dr. DiCarlo will discuss and determine if your child is potentially at risk for myopia progression. If appropriate, we are happy to schedule your child for a Myopia Management Consultation to determine if they are a good candidate for Myopia Management. This visit provides additional specialized testing required for the management options.
Over the course of a 3 year study of 135 children, those wearing MiSight 1Day contact lenses experienced a 59% reduction in the increase of nearsightedness compared to children wearing conventional daily disposable lenses. Many children wearing MiSight 1 Day lenses (41% of those participating in the study) experienced NO CHANGE at all in their prescription over the course of the 3-year study, which is amazing results!
At Louisiana Care, we want to provide the highest level of care and support when it comes to eyecare. Teaming up with The Brilliant FuturesTM Myopia Management Program, we have curated a package that helps kids take control of myopia. The Myopia Control Package includes:
- Patient Starter Kit: Welcome Letter, Backpack, Eye Care Bag, Compact Mirror, Insertion Instructions
- Annual supply of MiSight® 1 day daily disposable lenses
- Free shipping and free returns if prescription changes is needed
- Future office visits outlined for the entire year
- Access to online support tools
- Special discount for backup pair of glasses