The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first contact lens that could effectively slow down the development of myopia in children, Cooper Vision’s MiSight contact lens, for children ages 8 to 12,media reported. According to the FDA, MiSight contact lenses can also help reduce the risk of other eye diseases in children later in life, such as cataracts or retinal shedding.
Cooper Vision’s MiSight is a soft daily drop contact lens product that can be discarded at the end of daily use. A three-year clinical study showed that the contact lenses slowed near-sightedness in children by 52 percent in an annual examination, as measured by the average eye axis length.
“We cannot overstate the importance and potential impact of this landmark decision on children’s vision, especially given the rising severity and prevalence of myopia in the United States and around the world,” Daniel McBride, president of Cooper Vision, said in a statement. Eye health professionals using this ground-breaking approach will improve the quality of life and eye health for many children. “
According to Malvina Eydelman, director of the FDA’s office, which evaluates eye equipment, MiSight contact lenses can also ultimately reduce the risk of developing other eye diseases in children. Children with severe myopia are more likely to develop cataracts or retinal shedding during adult ingness.
The three-year clinical trial, which recruited 135 children, also reduced myopia progression by 59 percent by optically measuring the average lash muscle palsy equivalent dome compared to the control group who used traditional daily contact lenses. Cooper Vision reported that in its fourth and fifth years, it had encouraging results, and that some participants were still wearing the contact lenses.
When placed on the eye, some lenses can improve far-sightedness by correcting refractive impotence similar to standard contact. MiSight contact lenses also have “concentric rings” around the perimeter that separate light and focus it on the front of the retina to help reduce the stimuli that are thought to drive myopia development.
Cooper Vision plans to launch the contact lenses in the U.S. starting in March 2020. Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Australia already offer this product to children of all ages.