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How Do Contact Lenses Slow The Progression of Nearsightedness in Kids?

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common vision condition that affects a large portion of the population. It is a growing concern, as the prevalence of myopia continues to increase, especially among children.

The more nearsighted a person is, the greater their chance of developing retinal problems, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular issues. The good news is that there are several ways to slow down the progression of myopia, including the use of multifocal contact lenses. Here's how they work:

  1. Multiple Rx's: Multifocal contact lenses contain two or more prescription strengths in one lens, similar to bifocal eyeglasses. The design of the lens helps the peripheral light rays coming into the eye to focus in front of the retina instead of behind it. This has been shown to slow down the progression of myopia, reducing the risk of more serious eye conditions in the future, such as cataracts and retinal detachment.

  2. Convenience: Multifocal contact lenses offer the convenience of both distance and near vision correction in one lens, eliminating the need for separate glasses or contacts for different tasks, like school, sports, reading, learning to drive, etc.

  3. Comfort: Multifocal contact lenses are designed to be comfortable and easy to wear, allowing children and teenagers to participate in their usual activities without any discomfort or irritation.

  4. Customizable: Multifocal contact lenses can be customized to meet the individual needs of each patient, ensuring that they receive the best possible vision correction for their specific needs.

Using multifocal contact lenses for myopia control can be a safe, effective, and convenient solution for children and teenagers with nearsightedness. By slowing down the progression of myopia, multifocal contact lenses can help to reduce the risk of more serious eye conditions in the future and improve a person's quality of life.

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