Professional VisionCare Associates is now offering MiSight to our young patients! MiSight 1 Day is the latest innovation in myopia control, and we are proud to add this option to our myopia management program. This is the first FDA approved soft contact lens clinically proven to slow nearsighted progression by 59%. Studies show that children as young as 8 years old have been successful at wearing and handling MiSight, and over 90% of kids prefer MiSight over their glasses. With the simplicity of wearing the lenses once and then disposing them, there are no hassles with cleaning or disinfecting, and the risk of eye infections is low. Contact us or make an appointment to see if your child can benefit from MiSight 1 Day! What's New in Myopia Control Here are some helpful articles to provide up-to-date information about various topics in controlling nearsightedness. Please check back often for updates! Myopia Facts What is it? Myopia (or nearsightedness) is blurry vision at distance. Common complaints you may have heard from your child include, "I can't see the board at school" or "I can't see the TV." It results from a mismatch between the eye's focal power and the length of the eyeball. The focal power of the eye is too strong, and the eyeball is elongated, creating a blurry image on the retina. Near objects are often clear within a certain range. Myopia is not just a problem of the eye’s focal power. Because the nearsighted eye is often abnormally elongated, myopia is frequently associated with eyesight threatening disease later in life. Research shows the prevalence of myopia among school age children is growing at an alarming rate. According to an article published by the World Health Organization, one out of every two people will be myopic by the year 2050. This means an increasing number of people are at risk for severe vision impairment in late adulthood. What causes myopia? Myopia is caused by a mixture of genetic and environmental factors, which lead to an elongation of the length of the eyeball (in millimeters). A child's risk of developing myopia increases if one or both parents are myopic. Other than genetics, too little exposure to outdoor light, excessive time doing near vision tasks, and eye posture and focusing ability all play a part in progressive myopia. Click here to assess your child's risk of developing myopia.