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How Do MiSight® Contact Lenses Work in Slowing Progression of Nearsightedness?

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MiSight® contact lenses have become a game-changer for myopic, or nearsighted, people looking for a hassle-free solution.  But what makes these lenses stand out? 

MiSight® contact lenses function by using a technology called ActivControl.  This innovative technology employs a dual-focus lens design.  One part of the lens corrects the wearer’s nearsightedness, allowing for clear distance vision, while concentric rings in the lens focus light in front of the peripheral retina, which is believed to reduce the stimulus that causes myopia progression

This unique ability to simultaneously correct vision and control myopia progression sets MiSight® lenses apart from other solutions.

Let’s dive into the details and understand how these lenses work.

The Dual-Focus Lens Design Difference

ActivControl Technology is the principal force behind the effectiveness of MiSight® contact lenses.  The dual-focus lens design is what makes them different from traditional corrective lenses.  The central part of the lens corrects nearsightedness, providing clear vision for distance-based activities, such as driving or watching TV.  This accounts for roughly 20% of the lens’ function. 

Meanwhile, the remaining 80% of the lens is designed with concentric rings that focus light in front of the retina rather than directly on it, creating a myopic defocus that has been shown to slow down the elongation of the eye.  This is a crucial distinction as it is believed to reduce the stimulus that promotes the progression of myopia, thereby controlling its advance over time.

ActivControl Technology’s innovative design allows for clear vision, while addressing myopia’s root cause.  By controlling this progression, MiSight® lenses can potentially reduce the risk of developing high levels of nearsightedness in later years. 

This combination of corrective and preventive measures within a single lens is what sets ActivControl Technology and, by extension, the MiSight® contact lenses apart in the field of vision care. 

Proven Effectiveness in Children

Multiple studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of MiSight® contact lenses in slowing myopia progression in children and young adolescents.  In a 6-year study, which is still ongoing, it was found that MiSight® lenses reduced myopia progression by 71% over a three-year treatment period.

These lenses have officially obtained FDA approval for the specific purpose of myopia control, indicating their efficacy and safety.  Children who participated in the MiSight® contact lenses trial adapted quickly to full-time wear, rated the lenses highly, and rarely reported issues.

Clinical trials and studies have also shown that the dual-focus optics included in MiSight® lenses successfully achieved myopia control without lowering subjective ratings when fitted to both new wearers and those transitioning from single-vision contact lenses.

Comfortable & Convenient:  MiSight® Lenses’ Hydrophilic Material

MiSight® lenses are designed for daily wear, meaning they can be inserted in the morning and discarded at night.  This makes them a convenient option for children and parents struggling to manage traditional contact lens care routines.

In addition, MiSight® lenses are made from a soft hydrophilic material that is comfortable to wear and allows for high oxygen flow to the eye.  This means the lenses can be worn comfortably for extended periods without causing irritation or discomfort.

Benefits Beyond Vision Correction

Apart from providing clear and comfortable vision and controlling myopia progression, MiSight® contact lenses also offer several other benefits for wearers, including: 

  • Improved Self-Esteem and Confidence:  Individuals with myopia may feel self-conscious about wearing glasses, especially during physical activities.  MiSight® lenses offer a more discreet and natural-looking option for vision correction.
  • Freedom to Participate in Sports and Outdoor Activities:  Traditional glasses can be cumbersome and limiting for those who enjoy playing sports or spending time outdoors.  With MiSight® lenses, you can engage in any activity without worrying about glasses getting in the way.
  • Better Academic Performance:  Poor vision can affect a child’s ability to learn and perform well in school.  By correcting myopia and improving visual clarity, MiSight® lenses can help children focus better on their studies and academic performance.
  • Greater Independence:  With contact lenses, children have to learn how to care for their contact lenses properly.  This can help instill a sense of responsibility and independence in children from a young age.
  • Enhanced Safety:  Glasses can pose safety hazards during physical activities, especially contact sports.  MiSight® lenses eliminate this risk as they are worn directly on the eye, reducing the chances of injury caused by broken frames or lenses.
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Experience the Benefits of MiSight® Contact Lenses

MiSight® contact lenses are designed with precision and care to provide a comfortable and effective solution for myopia correction.  At Eye Love Optometry, we understand the importance of clear vision and are dedicated to offering the most ideal eye care solutions for you and your loved ones.  Our team of experienced eye doctors will assess your or your child’s vision and determine if MiSight® lenses are the right choice.

If you want to experience the benefits of MiSight® contact lenses, book an appointment with us today, and let us help you and your family see the world with clarity.


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  • Written by Park L. Hsieh, O.D.

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