It can be a pretty big shock to suddenly learn that your child has a vision problem. When my husband was diagnosed in his tween years, he told me that he had no idea how poor his vision was. It wasn’t until he put on his first pair of glasses that he knew just how much he’d been missing!
And when my own son was diagnosed with myopia (more commonly referred to as nearsightedness), I was equally shocked that his vision wasn’t perfect as I’d assumed. His myopia was categorized as low, so he hadn’t shown any noticeable signs and didn’t necessarily need to wear his glasses all the time. But after a week or so of wearing glasses, he told me he was surprised at how much better he could see with them on!
If your own child is nearsighted, you’re not alone. Currently, 42% of the world’s population have been diagnosed with myopia1. And now, there’s a revolutionary treatment that is available in Canada that parents have got to check out! CooperVision MiSight® 1 day is the first soft contact lens that has been clinically proven to not just correct for myopia, but to slow down its progression by 59% in children2!!
Wondering if CooperVision MiSight® 1 day contact lenses are a good choice for your child? Here are four reasons you may want to consider them:
1) They’re Easy to Use
Because CooperVision MiSight® contact lenses are a 1 day disposable lens, they’re a great choice for children and teens. Kids won’t have to worry about the work of caring for lenses, disinfecting them after use or accidentally losing a lens.
Instead, all a child needs to learn is how to put the lenses in and take them out. In a recent 3-year study of children ages 8–15 years, less than 10% of children needed help from parents to insert and remove their MiSight 1 day contact lenses3.
In addition, 90% of the children using MiSIght 1 day lenses said they preferred them to wearing glasses3!
2) They Can Help with Self-Esteem
It can be devastating for a child that’s already a little insecure to learn they need glasses. While some children will happily choose a nice set of frames, others worry about teasing from friends or being singled out by peers.
CooperVision MiSight® 1 day contact lenses let kids enjoy clear vision without having to worry about changing their current appearance. For a sensitive child, the lenses don’t just let them see better, they let them maintain their own personal style.
3) Myopia is Associated with Future Vision Problems
Myopia is a condition that generally gets worse throughout the childhood years and stabilizes in adulthood. But the more severe a person’s nearsightedness, the higher that person’s risk is of developing more serious eye conditions including glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment and even blindness4.
That’s why slowing the progression of myopia is so important. By using CooperVision MiSight® 1 day soft contact lenses, your child’s myopia progression may be slowed down by 59%2,5. And that doesn’t just mean a higher quality of life as an adult. It means a lower chance of serious vision problems too!
4) They Increase Future Independence
Having seen my own husband’s eyes continue to gradually worsen over the years, I’ve seen how debilitating poor vision can be. And of course, I want to do everything possible to ensure my children’s struggles with poor vision are minimized.
Even with low levels of nearsightedness, a person may still need glasses for certain activities, like driving or watching a movie. Therefore, CooperVision MiSight® 1 day contact lenses are an easy and effective way to potentially provide increased freedom and flexibility from glasses! And CooperVision MiSight® 1 day contact lenses are an easy and effective way to potentially provide that increased freedom and flexibility!
Having learned so much about the potential benefits of CooperVision MiSight® 1 day contact lenses, I’m going to be asking my Eye Care Professional about them for my oldest son at his next checkup. I’m excited to see if they can help enable his vision to stay more stable throughout his teen years.
And if your child also suffers from low to mild myopia, visit fightmyopia.ca to learn more about nearsightedness and ways to prevent and treat it. Then, check with your Eye Care Professional to see if CooperVision MiSight® 1 day lenses may be a good solution for your child as well!