In 2013, new research in the field of myopia progression and control came about. It found that children are needing glasses at earlier ages and even progressing at faster rates than ever before. The doctors at Optix Optometry started looking at their own patients a little differently. If a child was quickly changing and had highly nearsighed parents (essentially bad "eye genetics"), it seemed reasonable to try to do something about it.
We started utilizing a special design of multifocal soft contact lenses to help control prescriptions in children as young as 7 or 8 years old. This lens variably refocuses images onto different parts of the retina for a better focus across the whole eye.
Since then, most of these patients have had less change in their overall prescription. While keeping a prescription from worsening helps your child be more able to move around the house without glasses on, it can also reduce the liklihood of retinal disease later in life.
It may not be for everyone, but it's awesome that we may finally have a way to slow down the progression of myopia!