Dr. Templeman is proud to be one of the first practitioners in the Twin Cities and Minnesota to offer the MiSight therapy lenses for controlling myopia. These lenses are the first approved by the FDA to slow down myopia progression in children. Three years of detailed scientific study have shown that wearing MiSight lenses reduces myopic progression in children by 59% on average. That is extremely exciting news for reducing dependence on vision correction as well as decreasing the risk of eye health conditions related to high myopia such as myopic macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinal detachment.
The MiSight Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program is a comprehensive approach to managing myopia with a therapy lens that wears like a soft daily disposable contact lens. The ultimate goal is to slow down the progression of your child’s prescription and maintain the health of their eyes.
What causes Myopia?
Myopia results from the eye growing too long. This causes images to be focused in front of the retina rather than directly on it where it should be, leading to blurry distance vision.
Both genetic and environmental factors can influence your child's risk of developing myopia. When one parent is myopic, a child has a 1 in 3 chance of developing myopia. If both parents are myopic, this increases to 1 in 2 chance. Even when neither parent is myopic, a child’s risk is 1 in 4. Lifestyle factors such as extended screen time and not enough time spent outdoors can also contribute to the development and progression of myopia.
Why Myopia Control is important
Myopia is now recognized as a global epidemic and the prevalence and severity is rapidly increasing. As myopia increases, children's dependency on glasses increases. This can limit their opportunities including reducing their ability to participate in sports and other activities. Myopia at higher levels increases risk for health problems of the eye in adulthood, including retinal detachments, cataracts, glaucoma, and myopic macular degeneration.
MiSight and Myopia Control
MiSight's lens design slows down eye growth, reducing myopia progression, while allowing children to see clearly at the same time. These innovative lenses are worn like daily disposable soft contact lenses that are used by teens and adults, and have been proven to be very safe for use by children.
Lenses are Child-friendly
Some parents worry that their children won't be able to manage contact lenses. However, we find most children adapt to handling and wearing lenses quicker than adults! In a recent study, over 90% of children said they preferred wearing MiSight lenses to wearing their glasses. They found MiSight comfortable to wear and enjoyed clear vision for all everyday activities.
As daily disposables, MiSight therapy lenses offer significant benefits in eye health and convenience. Because they are simply worn once and then thrown away, there are no complicated cleaning and disinfecting routines involved and so the risk of eye infections is lower than any other replacement type.
Call 612-338-4861 to schedule an eye exam for your child to find out if myopia management is a good option.