Contact Lenses to Slow
the Progression of Myopia
- an increased risk of retinal detachment
- an increase in retinal tears
So, can anything be done to slow or halt the progression of myopia?
Myopia control contact lens studies have shown that a contact lens which has been specifically developed to under-correct focus in a particular part of the retina, will effectively reduce the progression of myopia. This is particularly exciting as the research has been conducted here in Australia.
This research by Aller and Wildsoet, has shown that a particular design of contact lens can reduce the progression of myopia. The study showed an 87% reduction in myopia progression for the first year of wear.
- Bifocal and multifocal contact lenses are slightly thicker than standard single vision contact lenses. Although this can occasionally cause a longer adaptation period for the lenses, most children adapt to the lenses within a week or two.
- Children also require a responsible attitude to maintain their contact lenses and to lessen their chance of developing an eye infection.
- The vision with multifocal contact lenses is not quite as crisp as the vision with a single vision lens. This is due to the optics of a multiifocal lens which relies on simultaneous close and distance vision through each lens.