1. Myopia can be cured or reversed with eye exercises.
FALSE: While eye exercises may relieve eye fatigue temporarily, there is no scientific evidence that myopia can be reversed or its progression slowed down with eye exercises.
2. Contact Lenses are unsafe for kids
FALSE: Daily disposables provide decreased inflammatory adverse events (12.5x less) as compared to reusable contact lenses1
In fact, children may be safer soft contact lens wearers than teens with more
parental supervision and support.
3. Soft multifocal contact lenses are not effective in reducing myopia progression.
FALSE: The NaturalVue® Multifocal 1 Day Contact Lenses are indicated to reduce myopic progression in children. NaturalVue Multifocal 1 Day soft contact lenses utilize patented optics to move the light rays inside the retina so that the signal for the eye to grow and elongate is reduced (addressing Peripheral Hyperopia). 2,3
NaturalVue® Multifocal 1 Day Contact Lenses – Proven to Decrease Myopia Progression in 98% of children studied.4
- 81% of children’s progression stopped completely, with some showing reversal. 4
- 0.82D average dioptric decrease per year in children ages 6-194*
4. Wearing glasses that correct their vision is sufficient for myopic kids
FALSE: Data has shown that routine correction of myopia in eyeglasses or contact lenses increases myopia by signaling the eye to elongate or grow. This occurs when routine correction moves images behind the retina (known as peripheral hyperopia) which may signal the eye to grow.5
Data suggests that the optimal correction should bring the image inside of the retina.5 The patented optics of NaturalVue® Multifocal contact lenses focus peripheral light rays in front of the retina to remove peripheral hyperopia, thus reducing the signal for the eye to grow.2,3
5. It is better to be undercorrected so that our myopia will not worsen.
FALSE: Undercorrection of myopia may lead to the stimulation of eye elongation due to the presence of blurred vision at any distance and accelerate the progression of myopia. Instead, a full distance correction for myopia with a progressive reading addition is suggested to reduce the progression of myopia.6
5 pairs free trial of NaturalVue® Multifocal 1 Day Contact Lenses
- Chalmers et al. Multicenter Case-Control Study of the Role of Lens Materials and Care Products on the Development of Corneal Infiltrates. Optometry and Vision Science, Vol. 89, No. 3, March 2012.
- Dillehay S, Woods J, Situ P, Payor R, Griffin R, Tyson M, Jones L. (2014). Comparison of Three Power Levels of a Novel Soft Contact Lens Optical Design to Reduce Suspected Risk Factors for the Progression of Juvenile Onset Myopia. ARVO Poster, Poster #A00863637; Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 55(13). 3637
- Payor R, Woods J, Situ P, Dillehay S, Griffin R, Tyson M, & Jones L. (2014) Feasibility Testing of a Novel SCL Optical Design to Reduce Suspected Risk Factors for the Progression of JuvenileOnset Myopia. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 55(13). 3638. Retrieved from http://iovs.arvojournals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2269075.
- Cooper J, O’Connor B, Watanabe R, Fuerst R, Berger S, Eisenberg N, Dillehay SM. Case series analysis of myopic progression control with a unique extended depth of focus multifocal contact lens. Eye & Contact Lens. 2018;4(5):e16-e24.
*Both eyes combined; On an annualised basis in children 6-19. Retrospective analysis of 32 children, ages 6 to 19, across 10 different practice locations who wore the lenses for 6-25 months.
5. Peripheral Hyperopia explanation summarized from: Gifford P, & Gifford KL. (2016). The Future of Myopia Control Contact Lenses. Optometry and Vision Science, 93(4), 336-343. Smith EL., Kee C, Ramamirtham R, Qiao-Grider Y, & Hung L. (2005). Peripheral Vision Can Influence Eye Growth and Refractive Development in Infant Monkeys.
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 46(11): 3965. Cooper J, Schulman E, Jamal N. (2012). Current Status on the Development and Treatment of Myopia. Optometry. 83(5):179-199.