Ever wondered if your child could benefit from contact lenses?
The Contact Lens Practice is one of the first practices in the UK to offer specialised MiSight® 1 day contact lenses for children that not only correct vision, but potentially help slow the progression of shortsightedness. February half term is the perfect time to book a trial appointment to see if these brilliant new lenses could work for them!
As your child grows their eyes grow too and sometimes the eyes can continue to grow. When the eye grows too long the vision becomes out of focus and things in the distance become blurry, this is called myopia, more commonly known as shortsightedness.
The proportion of young people with in Britain has more than doubled in the last 50 years, whilst we’re seeing increasing numbers of children becoming short-sighted at a younger age.
There’s more to myopia than blurred vision though; it also increases your likelihood of developing an array of vision-threatening conditions including glaucoma, retinal detachment or myopic maculopathy (myopic macular degeneration), so there are many health benefits to slowing the onset earlier on during childhood.
But what’s the difference between MiSight® 1 day and normal contact lenses for children?
MiSight® 1 day lenses are soft daily disposable contact lenses that slow down the progression of shortsightedness in children. Daily disposable contact lenses are simple, convenient and a great option for children. MiSight® 1 day contact lenses correct vision just like normal lenses but feature ActivControl® technology. ActivControl® technology creates myopic defocus to control axial elongation.
Slowing the speed at which the eyes grow longer helps to slow the progression of myopia. The results of a three-year study showed that MiSight® 1 day reduces the rate of myopia progression by 59% over a three-year period.
You might be wondering: are contact lenses safe for your children?
Many parents express concerns about their children wearing contact lenses and more specifically, around the process of putting them in and taking them out. However, children who wear contact lenses report higher satisfaction levels with contact lenses than with spectacles, and our young patients can mostly manage their own lens wear independently.
Here are a few key benefits of MiSight® 1 day contact lenses for children:
- Slows myopia progression – MiSight® 1 day uses patented technology to slow the progression of shortsightedness and reduce the likelihood of contracting vision-threatening conditions in the future.
- Active lifestyle – contact lenses are an optimal solution for children who enjoy sports or outdoor activities and don’t want to worry about breaking or losing their glasses.
- Peripheral vision – contact lenses provide a much wider field of vision than spectacles – again, great for sports or just running around in the playground.
- Self-esteem – for children who are self-conscious about wearing glasses, contact lenses can help them grow in confidence, without fear of being bullied or teased by peers.
MiSight® 1 day contact lenses for children are currently only available in a small number of opticians practices across the UK and Ireland. The Contact Lens Practice in Birmingham was selected as one of the first practices in the UK to participate in the MiSight® 1-day pre-launch seeding programme, which only supplied eye care professionals who regularly fit young children with contact lenses and are trained in the specialised fitting of MiSight lenses.
Fitting young children with contact lenses can take time and patience, but our experienced team are well equipped to work with kids of any age. In fact, our youngest contact lens patient was 2 years old!
We understand that the technology is only effective when your child is happy wearing the lenses, so during each trial appointment, we focus on ensuring your child feels comfortable and confident about wearing them before going ahead with a full consultation.
And not to worry – you’ll only have to pay a holding deposit of £45.00 for the appointment which is fully refundable, should you decide not to proceed with lenses for your child. If they decide they do want to have the full consultation, you then have the option of putting the initial £45.00 towards your child’s first supply of contact lenses – reducing your costs and making the transition to wearing contact lenses easier for your child and you!
One of our 11-year-old patients has strong astigmatism but didn’t want to wear glasses when he started secondary school. Despite being told his refractive error wasn’t possible to correct by other opticians, we stuck by him and his parents to find a solution and eventually fitted him with contact lenses that were just right for his visual needs. He’s now happily enjoying his second term at secondary school without spectacles.
“My son was aged 11 and has a very bad astigmatism. He was due to start senior school and didn’t want to wear glasses at his new school.
Everyone else told us it couldn’t be done but the contact lens practice did not hesitate and stuck with us until my son was without glasses.
I cannot recommend this team enough. Honestly, they accommodated us week after week until we cracked it.
Thank you so much.”
If you’re interested in a MiSight® 1 day contact lens trial for your child this February half term, simply request an appointment online at The Contact Lens Practice in Birmingham City Centre, or give us a call on 0121 643 3848.