When it comes to myopia (or short-sightedness) in children, it’s no longer good enough to be simply prescribed a pair of distance glasses. This eye condition is progressive, meaning it gets worse over time – until the late teens at least.
There are a range of treatment options available that not only correct distance vision but also address the worsening of myopia over time. These are covered on our Myopia Control page.
Multifocal contact lenses
One strategy that always creates confusion is the use of Multifocal or Bifocal Contact Lenses for the treatment of myopia. These are similar to the multifocal contact lenses used by middle-aged people to allow them to read as well as see in the distance. These lenses are specially designed for younger eyes and have undergone clinical studies to test their effectiveness.
Evidence for the use of soft bifocal contact lenses for the control of myopia progression was first published in 2008 in a case report of identical twins. One of the twins was fitted with distance only soft contact lenses and the other with a bifocal lenses. In the first year of contact lens wear, the child fitted with the single vision soft contact lens showed myopia progression of -1.32 D more than their twin, however their myopia progression halted once she switched to bifocal contact lenses.
NaturalVue Contact Lenses
The best contact lenses for use in children for the purpose of myopia control are those specially designed with this in mind. NaturalVue is the latest multifocal contact lens for the myopia control. Early clinical studies have shown that not only does this lens slow down (or halt) the progression of myopia, it can even REVERSE it. We will be closely watching the results of ongoing trials but we are very excited about this addition to the arsenal against myopia progression.
This soft, daily-disposable contact lens is replaced every day at a cost of approximately $2 per lens.
Talk to your optometrist about the best treatment options for your child with myopia.
Call The Eye Practice on (02) 9290 1899 or make an appointment online.