Rawlings Opticians have been selected to be among a small number of opticians to be the first in the UK to have access to MiSight® 1 Day - an exciting new product to slow progression of myopia (short sight) in children.
We want to slow myopia because being myopic (short-sighted) increases the risk of some eye diseases in later life including retinal detachment, glaucoma, and macular disease. Myopia develops because. Myopia develops because the eyeball overgrows. This stretches the tissues within the eye which is what causes the disease processes & the higher the level of myopia the higher the risk of related eye disease. Even at -1.00 there is an increased risk of retinal detachment and at -5.00 there is a 9 times higher risk of retinal detachment than someone who is not myopic. Our children will live longer than us and we need to do all we can to preserve their vision!
Levels of myopia are increasing worldwide, faster in some areas than others and in some parts of Asia over 95% of teenagers are myopic. In the UK myopia has doubled in the past 30 years, most of this change in the last ten years. Children are becoming myopic at a younger age and developing higher levels of myopia increasing the lifetime risk of myopic eye disease. Research is continuing into the reasons for this as there appear to be multiple factors causing this myopia ‘epidemic’. In some areas of the world myopia-related eye disease is now the main reason for being registered blind.
Myopia Management is offered at Rawlings Opticians using specialist contact lenses but until now no specifically designed product for children has been available. MiSight® 1 day is the first product developed specifically for use in children to reduce progression of myopia to be launched in the UK. It has been available in Asia for 5 years but was only been launched here at the beginning of March 2017 to specialist practitioners who have undergone detailed training. It has been scientifically proven to reduce myopic progression by up to 60% over 2 years. It is a comfortable thin daily disposable therapeutic contact lens with special focussing characteristics which slow overgrowth of the eyeball. These therapeutic lenses are designed to be worn for ten hours a day at least 6 days per week.