Your Hartsdale Myopia Control Specialist
The rapid growth of myopia across the world in what is called an epidemic, has created a huge increase in attention by the contact lens companies to come up with a product that will prevent progression.
One of the first questions at our Hartsdale practice is about the age that kids should be when starting wearing contacts. What most parents don’t understand is that contacts are safe in young children and have been shown to be greatly favored by children for a variety of reasons. Contacts prevent sports injuries, enable better vision, increase social acceptance, and are easy to use.
The two most common contact lenses for myopia control:
Orthokeratology: A gas permeable contact lens that is worn overnight while the child sleeps. They correct the child’s vision by gently reshaping the cornea so that during the day, the child has perfect vision without requiring contacts or glasses.
Multifocal contact lenses: They use different zones in the contact to slow down the elongation of the eye, which is the cause of myopia. They have been shown to be very effective at reducing progression.
As our optometrist and contact lens specialist Dr. Schwartz says;
“The development in contact lens design is amazing, but one of the most incredible is the situation with contact lenses used for myopia control. As little as a few years ago, there was not a commercially available product, and today there seem to be new products every time I look.”
Common Questions: Contact Lenses For Children
What Age Should My Child Wear Contacts?
Contact lenses in young children is perfectly safe and widely favored by both the child and the parent in multiple studies. The main question to ask the parent is if the child is mature enough to follow the instructions of proper care.
Because of the importance of slowing down the progression of myopia in young children who are most prone to high myopia, parents should seriously weigh the benefits and negatives of contact lenses in young children.
Are Glasses Safe?
Many of our patients from Scarsdale and Hartsdale ask us if glasses are a safer option than contact lenses. Research indicates the opposite, as contacts prevent serious eye disease which results from myopia progression and decreases the risk of sports-related eye injuries that are so common with eyeglasses.
One of the interesting ideas related to this question is that teaching children at a young age the proper method of care for contact lenses actually makes them less likely than adult wearers to have complications.