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Myopia Control with MiSight 1-day Contact Lenses

misight boxAn exciting new contact lens has landed in Canada as of March 2018. Dr. Dianna Leong, Dr. Anh Bui and Dr. Elizabeth Yan have done the necessary training to offer this new myopia control lens for children and adults.

MiSight is the first soft contact lens with proven clinical research to slow down the progression of myopia in children by 59%. Traditional glasses and contact lenses allow peripheral focus BEHIND the retina, which triggers a biofeedback stimulus to increase the length of the eye (axial length) and as a result, increasing myopia. MiSight helps prevent increasing axial length of the eye by a patented “two zone” peripheral lens technology that creates peripheral image focus in FRONT of the retina rather than behind it. The central zone is clear for distance viewing, but the peripheral lens zone still has myopic defocus to avoid the biofeedback stimulus. The lens provides myopia control in any direction of gaze since the contact lens follows the direction that a person is looking, and the lens also controls for light or dark conditions.

The research was done in Canada, England, Portugal and Singapore over 3 years in children ages 8 to 12 years old comparing MiSight lenses to standard contact lenses. After 3 years, the evidence showed that myopia was reduced by 59%, and there was less than 0.25 D lens power change over 3 years in 41% of MiSight users.

Children were trained to handle the 1-day disposable contact lenses and most found that the lenses were easy to insert and remove, and had good comfort during the day. After one month of use, most children adapted to the lens (halos are common at first) and parental help with lens handling was no longer needed.

As children live in an electronic era now, Drs. Leong and Bui attempt to keep our patients on the forefront of preventing myopia by building healthy lifestyle habits, and controlling myopia with leading-edge technology. Contact our office to learn more.

Website links:

www.myopiacare.org

www.mykidsvision.org

www.myopiacontrol.org

www.myopiaprevention.org

 

 

Thank you for trusting your eyecare with us over the years.  The Foresight Eyecare team follows the government mandate to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After December 2020 announcements made by the Alberta Government, our clinic is following the revised Infection Prevention and Control policy by the Alberta College of Optometrists.

Patients interested in obtaining eye exam services or eye care products can be seen by appointment only.  Please call ahead, and staff will arrange an appointment time and ask COVID-19 screening questions.  If you have any symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose or shortness of breath, we ask that you call or e-mail us and do not attend the clinic for your scheduled visit.   Within the clinic, please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at reception.  Our clinic complies with the City of Calgary bylaw requiring mask covering over the age of two years old.  For patients who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons, the patient can be scheduled for an appointment at a time when minimal number of other patients are in the clinic such as at the beginning or end of the day to ensure appropriate physical distancing requirements.

We are using disposable disinfectant wipes on all surfaces and devices such as front desk counters, chairs, handles in exam rooms and waiting room.  All eyewear that have been touched by patients are continually being sanitized.   Any toys and magazines are stored at this time.  Examination areas are being sanitized with hospital grade disinfectant.  Debit and credit cards but NO CASH payments will be accepted.

COVID-19 symptoms are not always obvious.  We want to fend off this pandemic and minimize risk to our patients and the Foresight staff as front line health workers.   Contact that is closer than 2 m (6 feet) is to be avoided, with barriers in place when this cannot be avoided. We choose to continue to do our work and cautiously take care of our patients with compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience.   It is a challenging and new experience for many of us, so let‘s support each other and prevent virus spread!  Beyond 2020, our focus is on take care of you and keeping Clean Hands, Clear Heads and Open Hearts.   For more information, please refer to the following web pages or phone Health Link 811.

www.albertahealthservices.ca

www.collegeofoptometrists.ab.ca

Drs. Dianna Leong, Anh Bui, Andrew Chan