Your child & short-sightedness

Don’t let their eyesight hold them back

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What is short-sightedness?

‘Short-sightedness’ is the common term for myopia – a common eye condition that makes seeing things at a distance blurry. Read more about myopia here.  It usually starts in childhood and can impact the ability to see things at a distance clearly, such as the detail on a whiteboard or the television.[1]

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If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be short-sighted, our vision simulator helps to give some answers. Launch simulator

Causes of short-sightedness

Short-sightedness is a common condition that makes seeing objects at a distance appear out of focus. It is most commonly caused by the eye growing too long. Certain factors make a child more likely to become short-sighted, such as:[2]

• Family history – children who have short-sighted parents are more likely to inherit the condition[3]

• Not enough time outdoors – spending more time outdoors may help delay the onset of short-sightedness.[2] Experts recommend children spend a minimum of 10 hours outdoors each week – about 90 minutes a day[4]

• Too much time focusing on nearby objects – modern lifestyles mean we spend more time focusing our eyes on nearby objects. Activities such as computer use, reading and watching TV increase the chance of developing short-sightedness.

Why is it important to slow the progression of short-sightedness

• Myopia can become worse in young children as they get older because their eyes continue to grow[6]

• As their eyes grow and their condition increases, the dependency on glasses increases

• This can reduce the ability of children to participate actively in sports and other activities

• Increasing myopia can lead to eye health problems in the future[7]

Estimated progress of short-sightedness; for illustrative purposes only below:

Four images showing illustrated versions of girls aged 6, 8, 11 and 16 as their eye sight develops with age

Signs to look out for

As well as signs of a child squinting or screwing their eyes up there are 4 other key signs to look out for:

Managing short-sightedness

Short-sightedness can be easily corrected with glasses or contact lenses. At Boots Opticians we also offer MiSight® 1 day contact lenses which have a proven ability to slow the progression of myopia.[*][8] So if you notice your child displaying any of the above signs, don’t worry – simply book them in for an eye test and our team will find the best option for you and your child.

MiSight® 1 day contact lenses – designed for children

Whether they want to become a vlogger, explore the Amazon, save the planet or take care of animals the possibilities are endless.

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A young girl outdoors holding a pair of binoculars
A young girl stood outdoors next to a tree
A young boy holding a dog

MiSight® 1 day is a daily disposable contact lens designed for children with a proven ability to slow down the progression of myopia in children.[8]

• MiSight® 1 day contact lenses use ActivControl® technology. This special optical design provides clear vision whilst also reducing the signal that’s telling the eye to grow too long, helping slow the progression of myopia[*][8]

• Wearing MiSight® 1 day contact lenses has been shown to reduce myopia progression in children by 59% on average, which results in a lower prescription[*][8]

Estimated progression of myopia with and without management based on age, refraction and ethnicity. Below For illustrative purposes only; individual results may vary.

An illustrated process flow showing how eye sight develops in children from age 6 to 16

Find out more about MiSight® 1 day

Speak to your local Boots Optician today about the Myopia Management Programme from CooperVision. The programme is specially designed to maximise the success of slowing down your child’s myopia by providing information, support and regular assessments alongside MiSight® 1 day contact lenses.

Children as young as 8 can successfully wear contact lenses[‡][8] and tell us they:[9]

• Feel more competent when taking part in sport and other physical activities

• Feel better about their appearance

• Feel better about fitting in with their friends

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Book an eye test and free contact lens assessment and trial

To get the full benefit of MiSight® 1 day we recommend wearing your lenses for at least 10 hours per day, and on at least six days each week.

*Compared to a single vision 1 day lens over a 3 year period.

‡138/144 children aged 8-12 were successfully fitted with either MiSight® 1 day or Proclear® 1 day daily disposable soft contact lenses.

1. Zadnick K, et al. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015 Jun; 133(6): 683–689

2. Wolffsohn JS, et al. Cont Lens Anterior Eye. 2016;39:106–116

3. Morgan P. Is Myopia Control the Next Contact Lens Revolution? The Optician (2016). Available at: www.opticianonline.net/cet-archive/127. Accessed November 2020.

4. WHO. The impact of increasing prevalence of myopia and high myopia. A Report of the Joint World Health Organisation (2015). Available at: www.who.int/blindness/causes/MyopiaReportforWeb.pdf. Accessed November 2020.

5. Gifford P & Gifford, K. Optom Vis Sci. 2016;93:336–343

6. Walline J, et al. Cochrane Database of System Rev. 2020;1:CD004916

7. Tideman J, et al. JAMA Opthalmol. 2016;134:1355-1363.

8. Chamberlain P, et al. Optom Vis Sci. 2019;96:556–567

9. Walline J, et al. Optom Vis Sci. 2009;86(3):222-232.