MiSight Contact Lenses
Clearvue Vision Center is proud to be one of the first practices in WA state to offer the MiSight soft contact lenses for controlling myopia. These contact lenses are the first soft lenses that are FDA approved to slow down myopia progression in children.
Three years of detailed scientific trials have shown that wearing MiSight lenses reduces myopic progression in children by 59% on average. That's good news for reducing dependence on vision correction as well as decreasing the risk of eye conditions related to high myopia.
The MiSight Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program is a comprehensive approach to managing myopia with a single use, disposable soft contact lens, with a goal of slowing down the progression of your child’s prescription.
What causes Myopia
Myopia occurs when the eyeball grows too long for the eye's focusing system. That means images are focused in front of the retina instead of directly on it, causing blurred vision in the distance.
Genetic and environmental influences can both affect your child's risk of developing myopia. When one parent is myopic, a child has a 30% risk of developing myopia. If both parents are myopic, this increases to almost 50%. Low levels of outdoor activity and prolonged near tasks are also thought to contribute to myopia.
Why Myopia Control is important
As myopia increases, children's dependency on glasses increases. This can reduce their ability to participate in sports and other activities. Also, higher levels of myopia can lead to eye problems in later life, including retinal detachments, cataracts, glaucoma and maculopathy.
MiSight & Myopia Control
MiSight's clever dual-focus design allows children to see clearly while at the same time slowing down eyeball growth and reducing myopia progression. These innovative lenses are a daily disposable design suitable for myopic children as young as eight years old.
Some parents worry that their children won't be able to manage contact lenses. However, we find most children adapt to handling and wearing lenses quicker than adults! In a recent study, over 90% of children said they preferred wearing MiSight lenses to wearing their glasses. They found MiSight comfortable to wear and enjoyed clear vision for all everyday activities.
As daily disposables, MiSight lenses offer significant benefits in terms of eye health and convenience. Because they are simply worn once and then thrown away, there are no complicated cleaning and disinfecting routines involved and the risk of eye infections is low.
Call 425-251-9200 to schedule an eye exam to find out if MiSight lenses are a good option for your child.
Ortho-k Lenses in Kent, WA
Get Your Vision in Shape with CRT!
Are you tired of wearing eyewear to correct nearsightedness? Do you dream of seeing sharp all day long, without bothersome eyeglasses or contacts? Ortho-k lenses may be the ideal option for you!
Increasingly popular, orthokeratology (ortho-k) is an innovative method of vision correction that does not involve surgery, eyeglasses, or daytime contact lenses. Before bedtime, you insert specialised, rigid gas permeable lenses. As you sleep, these ortho-k lenses will mould and flatten the shape of your cornea gently, thereby correcting refractive error. Upon awakening, you simply remove the lenses to enjoy crystal-clear vision all day long.
The effects of ortho-k are temporary – typically lasting only a few days – so you need to wear the reshaping lenses nightly. At Clearvue Vision Center, our Kent eye doctor fits patients with Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) lenses, from Paragon Vision Sciences and FDA-approved.
Are you a good candidate for ortho-k?
In general, ortho-k works well for people with mild to moderate nearsightedness. As long as your eyes are healthy, age makes no difference.
Individuals who are not candidates for LASIK or other refractive procedures (such as young children) can often benefit from vision shaping with orthokeratology. Ortho-k is safe and reversible, and it can be discontinued at any time. (In fact, if you change your mind and want LASIK sometime in the future, it’s fine. Just be sure to inform the surgeon that you wore ortho-k lenses, so the laser surgery can be scheduled appropriately.)
People who work in arid or dusty environments love the comfort of ortho-k, as there're no eyeglasses to wipe clean or irritated eyes from dry contact lenses! Sports players and active individuals who are tired of glasses slipping down their nose or getting in the way, particularly appreciate the convenience of CRT lenses.
Are the results of CRT lenses immediate?
Most of our patients report improvement in their vision within the first day or two after wearing ortho-k overnight. However, it usually takes a few weeks to notice the full effects. During this transition period, you may see some halos around lights or a small glare. But these minor side effects tend to disappear quickly.
What quality of vision is provided by ortho-k lenses?
Vision shaping aims to correct your eyesight to 20/20 without any daytime eyewear. In many studies and FDA trials, over 65% of patients achieved 20/20 vision with CRT lenses. Even more impressive is the whopping 90% of patients who achieved 20/40 vision, which is the legal requirement for driving in most American states.
In general, milder prescriptions for myopia have a higher success rate. To find out if your vision prescription can be corrected by ortho-k, contact our office. We are pleased to fit many patients from Renton and Kent, WA, with CRT vision shaping.
Does ortho-k hurt?
No! Due to the bad reputation of old-fashioned hard contact lenses, many people associate rigid, gas permeable lenses with discomfort. Yet ortho-k lenses are crafted from new, modern materials that feel comfortable on your eye. In addition, you only wear CRT lenses while you doze – so you won’t feel a thing!
My young child suffers from myopia that gets worse each year. Can ortho-k help?
Many parents are disturbed to hear annually that their kid’s vision prescription has deteriorated – once again! Fortunately, ortho-k can help. Studies have demonstrated that orthokeratology is an effective method of myopia control. Wearing these lenses regularly can slow or stop the progression of myopia significantly. Call our Kent office to schedule a paediatric eye exam and to ask about fitting your child with ortho-k lenses for myopia control!
Are you ready to enjoy crisp vision with no eyewear?
Our Kent eye doctors are experienced and knowledgeable about orthokeratology. We perform expert fittings for our valued patients in the Renton and Kent area. If you have more questions, we’ll be pleased to answer them! We invite you to visit Clearvue Vision Center for more info and to discuss your candidacy for ortho-k and CRT lenses.