Like clockwork, the kids and I never miss our annual comprehensive vision exams. Adding onto that—if an issue arises, I wouldn’t hesitate to follow up with our optometrist.
More than just the health of a valuable body part, our eyesight is how we literally see and experience life. I absolutely want to protect the health of our eyes whether it be annual exams, or innovative products that facilitate vision health.
When it comes to our own eye history, both myself and one of my children have myopia, which is more commonly referred to as nearsightedness. That means that we can see objects near us clearly, yet anything further away is blurry.
I was diagnosed with myopia when I was a pre-teen, and my daughter when she was about 10 years old. While not official quite yet, our last appointment showed that one of my other daughters is on the cusp of needing prescription eyewear for myopia as well.
Our own personal story is the standard, as myopia is a very common eye condition. Yet unfortunately the prevalence of myopia is expected to increase from approximately two billion people in 2010 to nearly five billion people in 20501. That means that nearly half of the world’s expected population will be nearsighted.
If you think this isn’t a big deal and that glasses and contacts remedy this, end of story – you are wrong. What many don’t realize are the risk factors that result from myopia. Worsening myopia significantly increases the risk of retinal detachment and myopic maculopathy. Even low myopia levels are associated with a higher prevalence of glaucoma and cataracts3. That’s a huge snowball effect of vision disorders stemming from one issue.
Also aligning with our own story, symptoms of myopia typically first appear in childhood and usually worsen during adolescence and adulthood. I know mine and my daughter’s prescriptions got worse as time went on.
Eye health, parental care, and concern for yours and your loved ones health is why I’d like to share this important information with you. The title of this post is ‘For the Love of MiSight’, because I literally love my sight, but there’s also a product that you’re going to love knowing about called CooperVision MiSight® 1 day contact lenses.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by CooperVision
MiSight® 1 day contact lenses have a specific quality to them that is far above the rest. They are the world’s first soft contact lens proven to slow the progression of myopia in children by a whopping 59%2.
Again like myself when I was younger, it wasn’t long after my daughter got glasses that she also got contact lenses. Reasons were not only for safety and comfort reasons when playing sports.
She didn’t need glasses for seeing up close, and was advised to take them off when doing so. This wasn’t done regularly and this back and forth was a pain for her. Contacts were a wear-one-and-see-all solution which proved to be beneficial in so many ways for her.
MiSight® 1 day provides all those benefits of being less reliant on glasses, but most importantly, slows down the progression of myopia. Considering myopia can result in more severe vision issues down the road, this slowing down is imperative
Here is your reminder to book an annual eye exam if it’s time, and if myopia is present and contact lenses are discussed, ask your optometrist about CooperVision MiSight® 1 day contact lenses.
For more information about myopia, visit fightmyopia.ca.
1 Compared with a standard single-vision, one-day contact lens over a three-year period. Data on file, CooperVision.
2 Holden BA, Fricke TR, Wilson DA, et al. Global prevalence of myopia and high myopia and temporal trends from 2000 through 2050. Ophthalmology. 2016;123(5):1036-1042.
3 Flitcroft DI. The complex interactions of retinal, optical and environmental factors in myopia aetiology. Prog Retin Eye Res. 2012;31(6):622-660