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Helping Kids See with the Latest Tools to Tackle Myopia Progression

Contact lens materials, topographical instruments, and lens designs have come a long way since then.

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THE MISIGHT 1 DAY lens is the only product the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved for slowing myopia progression in kids. Twenty U.S. ECPs have been certified to prescribe CooperVision’s Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program featuring the MiSight 1 day CL as its cornerstone. Following an in-person educational workshop, each ECP successfully completed an online exam. In addition, CooperVision’s myopia care portfolio includes advanced lenses such as Paragon CRT and Procornea DreamLite designed for overnight wear (orthokeratology). Highlighting the growing interest in myopia, ABB’s recent Practice Development Educational Webinar Series featured ortho-k and myopia management topics.

Art Optical MOONLENS Overnight Orthokeratology Contact Lens System

Art Optical Contact Lens

MOONLENS Overnight Orthokeratology Contact Lens System that helps manage and temporarily correct myopia, as well as mild astigmatism.

(800) 253-9364, artoptical.com

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CooperVision MiSight

CooperVision

MiSight 1 day contact lens slows the progression of myopia in children (8-12 years of age).

(800) 341-2020, coopervision.com

SynergEyes contact lenses

SynergEyes

Duette progressive center distance contact lenses

(877) 733-2012, synergeyes.com

Innovega eMacula eyewear

Innovega

The eMacula eyewear two-part system includes a camera that captures the wearer’s view of the world, magnifies it and passes the imagery to microdisplays in the glasses. The contact lens component corrects the user’s vision and enables them to view the microdisplays an inch from their eyes.

(425) 516-8175, innovega-inc.com

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fusion 7days lenses

Safilens

Fusion 7days lens for myopia and hyperopia.

safilens.com

Vivior monitor glasses

Vivior

The Vivior Monitor which is worn on prescription or clear glasses and combines data from the patient’s behavior with objective measurements.

vivior.com

Paragon CRT

Paragon VisionSciences

Paragon CRT (orthokeratology)

(800) 528-8279, paragonvision.com

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Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino, The Contact Lens Center at Optique, Nashville, TN

I’ve been using myopia prevention and control for five years. We have seen some patients with strong genetic characteristics for high myopia flatline and not progress. These are undeniable clinical results based on using all four strategies currently available. 1. We are an orthokeratology practice so we use ortho-k lenses to change the shape of the cornea overnight. 2. We prescribe center distance multifocal soft CLs to correct myopia. 3. For children with myopic astigmatism, our top strategy is hybrid lenses. 4. Low dose atropine drops. Based on a conversation with the parents, we prescribe a solution. We present the pros and cons of each and offer guidance.

Dr. Eileen Lo, East Bay Vision Center, Oakland/Freemont/Pleasanton, CA

For children with developing myopia or progressing myopia, or even children with high risk, such as having high myope parents, we counsel parents and children on the importance of myopia control. We discuss the implication of having it, the average rate of progression and morbidity of eye diseases related to myopia. We advise lifestyle changes and present different methods employed by ECPs to flatten the rate of progression. As for professional management, I recommend the three methods that have strong evidence of providing effective control: orthokeratology, atropine therapy and daytime multifocal contact lenses. I prefer orthokeratology because it offers an added benefit of freedom from daytime glasses and CLs for the child.

Carol Gilhawley is a contributing writer for INVISION.

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