Contact lens may help halt nearsightedness in children


October 3, 2012
Health, Uncategorized

Nearsightedness, or myopia, affects more than 40 percent of people in the U.S. and up to 90 percent of children in some parts of Asia. The problem begins in childhood and often progresses with age. Standard prescription lenses can correct the defocus but do not cure nearsightedness, and do not slow progression rates as children grow. But recent experimental work by biomedical scientist David Troilo and colleagues at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry in New York City supports the development of a potential cure for myopia by using specialty contact lenses that coax the eye to grow in a way that can correct nearsighted vision while reducing myopia progression. Troilo will describe his findings at the Optical Society’s (OSA) Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2012, taking place Oct. 14 in Rochester, N.Y.

Myopia develops when the eye is too long, making it difficult to focus light from distant objects on the retina. Glasses or contact lenses that correct the defocus on the main visual axis can create a slight degree of farsightedness in the peripheral retina, Troilo says. The peripheral farsightedness may worsen myopia because as children grow, the eye grows to move the retina to where the light is focused, naturally lengthening the eye even further.

Contact lens may help halt nearsightedness in childrenTroilo has shown that specially designed contact lenses that alter how light is focused in the peripheral retina can induce changes in growth that help reshape the eye in the desired way. The experimental lenses use different focal powers within a single lens: either alternating focal powers across the lens, or confined to the outer edge. Experiments with the new lenses found that they changed eye growth and refractive state, or focus, in a predictable way. The lenses successfully reduced the elongation of the eye that causes myopia progression.

Several contact lens designs may soon be available to help eye doctors manage the progression of myopia in children, Troilo says. Presentation FW1C.1 “Optical Approaches for Controlling Myopia Progression: Evidence from Experimental Models” takes place Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 8 a.m. EDT at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

 




Contact lens may help halt nearsightedness in children

2 Responses to Contact lens may help halt nearsightedness in children

  1. Black Bull November 13, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    Pretty! This has been a reaoly wonderful article. Thank you for providing these details.

  2. Brielle October 10, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    Hmm, this could be interesting and very helpful. But is it practical? I have a hard enough time trying to get my 13 year old to wear his contact lenses, and to take care of them correctly. I could hardly imagine having to fight with my 4 year old trying to put things into her eyes. I have had glasses since I was 6, finally decided to go to Bay Area LASIK. I couldn’t even imagine wearing contact lenses at that young of an age, I still (in my 30’s) had problems putting them in. Thanks for sharing the post!

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