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New Contacts Prevent Myopia

New Contacts Prevent Myopia

New contact lenses promise to treat myopia before it starts…

A new contact lens promises to prevent nearsightedness, known medically as myopia, by changing the way the eyeball grows. Created by researchers from the State University of New York College of Optometry the new contact lenses are designed for children, to help prevent the development of myopia as they age.

The special contact lenses work by altering how light is focused in the peripheral retina; this in turn induces a change in growth that helps reshape the eyeball.

After experimenting with different focal powers, the researchers were able to change eye growth with predictable results.

new contact lens prevents myopia

New Contact Lenses Prevents Nearsightedness

Image Credit: Anthony Kelly, 2008.

Nearsightedness occurs when the eyeball is elongated, which makes it hard to focus on distant objects. The condition affects around 40 percent of Americans, and is known to worsen with age.

We’ve already seen contact lenses that temporarily reshape the eyeballs to correct nearsightedness, however the effects are short lived.

The by assisting the growth of the eyeball, the new contact lenses could help prevent myopia for good.

The findings will be presented at the Optical Society’s (OSA) Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2012, Oct. 14 in Rochester, N.Y.


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  1. Specialty contact lenses may one day help halt the progression of nearsightedness in children. Phys Org, 10/02/2012.

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