If your child’s prescription seems to be getting worse every year, speak to one of our doctors about the following two treatment options which can slow the progression of nearsightedness in children by up to 50%.
MiSight Contact Lenses
MiSight contact lenses use a special optical design that slows the elongation of the eye responsible for nearsightedness. These contact lenses are daily disposables, so your child simply discards them at the end of the day and opens a fresh pair the next morning. Researchers had excellent success fitting kids as young as 8 years of age.
For more information about MiSight, click here. Vista Eyecare is a certified MiSight prescriber.
Dilute Atropine Eye Drops
Atropine eye drops appear to also slow the progression of nearsightedness and are a great option for children who are too young for MiSight contact lenses or who have astigmatism (MiSight is currently not available for patients with astigmatism).
At the low concentrations used, atropine eye drops have virtually no side effects. They are given once per day on a long term basis. While atropine drops are not currently commercially available in dilute form, they can be compounded by certain pharmacies right here in Saskatoon.
To see a literature review on the use of atropine to control nearsightedness, click here.