Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a global epidemic with prevalence rates in Canadian children increasing at an alarming rate.
According to the World Health Organization, occurrences of nearsightedness are expected to increase from approximately 2 billion people to nearly
5000000000
people in 2050 – nearly half of the world’s expected population.1
What is myopia?
Myopia is commonly referred to as ‘nearsightedness’. It is a common eye condition that makes distance vision blurry. Myopia in young children gets worse as they get older because their eyes continue to grow.
Did you know if nearsightedness is left untreated, it may increase the risk of blindness2?
The challenge with myopia is that as the eye continues to grow, the retinal tissue has to stretch. Worsening myopia significantly increases the risk of retinal detachment and myopic maculopathy, which may lead to permanent blindness for your child.2 The more nearsighted your child is, the greater these risks become2 and these risks increase exponentially as myopia progresses.
Treatment and prevention is important to avoid potential future eye health problems.3,4
It’s important to treat myopia early to reduce this potential risk.
The eye continues to grow throughout childhood which may make the retina vulnerable to future eye health issues3.

When does myopia occur?

The average onset age of myopia is progressively getting younger.3 The earlier myopia starts, the greater chance your child has of developing high myopia.3
The majority of myopia progression typically occurs between the ages of 6-175 as this is a key growth time for children, and their eyes.
Your child may need stronger eye glasses as they continue to grow, which may negatively impact their lifestyle.
What signs to look out for?6,7
Regular eye exams for young children are important to identify and treat myopia early. In many cases there will be no signs at all. Here are some things to watch for:
What causes myopia?5

Genetics.

The risk of myopia in children increases when parents are myopic.5

Lifestyle.

Modern lifestyles may influence the development of myopia and have been reported to contribute to myopia development.3, 4, 8

Lifestyle.

Modern lifestyles may influence the development of myopia and have been reported to contribute to myopia development.3, 4, 8
There’s help!
Millions of children across Canada are poised to benefit from a breakthrough therapy that is authorized for sale by Health Canada and addresses nearsightedness.
Introducing MiSight® 1 day
The world’s first 1-day soft contact lens proven to slow myopia progression in children by 59%.9†

Designed to help slow down the speed at which nearsightedness progresses.

They look and feel like ordinary 1-day soft contact lenses, but they have a very different optical design called
ActivControlTM Technology
. In fact, clinical studies with MiSight® 1 day show that the speed of nearsightedness progression is slowed down by more than half compared to ordinary vision correction.9† This means your child may be less reliant on glasses, but most importantly, the risk of future eye health problems is reduced.3
MiSight® 1 day are child-friendly
Over a three-year period of studying MiSight® 1 day contact lenses in children ages 8 - 15 years:9

90%

of children said they preferred wearing their MiSight® 1 day contact lenses over wearing their eye glasses.

90%

of children could insert and remove MiSight® 1 day lenses on their own.*

100%

of parents said their children were happy with the experience of wearing contact lenses, including comfort, vision, ease of use and freedom from eye glasses.
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