How Does MiSight Work to Correct Myopia?

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The world of optometry has been buzzing about a significant breakthrough in the control and management of Myopia. A lens technology developed by CooperVision named MiSight has been turning heads due to its innovative approach. But what is this technology, and more importantly, how does it work?

The Emergence of Myopia

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Myopia - An Overview

Myopia, often referred to as nearsightedness, is an eye condition that causes distant objects to appear blurred while close objects are seen clearly. This condition is a result of the eye growing too long, causing light to focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it. The severity of myopia ranges from mild to high, with high myopia associated with an increased risk of more serious eye conditions like retinal detachment, cataracts, and glaucoma.

Rising Incidence of Myopia

There's no denying the fact that we are living in a digital age. The increased reliance on electronic devices, paired with less time spent outdoors, has resulted in a significant rise in the incidence of myopia worldwide. Recent research suggests that if the current trend continues, nearly half of the world's population will be myopic by 2050. It's not just about the inconvenience of wearing glasses or contact lenses - the long-term eye health risks associated with myopia are substantial.

Introducing MiSight

MiSight - The Myopia Control Lens

Amid the rising prevalence and the subsequent risks of myopia, CooperVision's MiSight contact lens emerges as a beacon of hope. These innovative lenses are not just for correcting vision - they're designed to control the progression of myopia in children, offering a proactive approach to eye health management.

Unique Features of MiSight

Soft and comfortable, MiSight lenses are built using ActivControl Technology. They not only correct existing myopia, enabling clear distance and near vision, but also aim to slow down the progression of myopia. The unique optical design of the MiSight lens allows for clear central vision while simultaneously creating a "defocus" effect that has been shown to control myopia progression.

The Mechanics of MiSight

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How Does MiSight Work?

Defocusing Mechanism

MiSight's magic lies in its defocusing mechanism. The lens is designed to focus light directly on the retina while simultaneously creating a myopic defocus in front of the retina. This defocus is believed to send a signal to the eye to slow down the elongation of the eye, thereby controlling the progression of myopia.

The Power of Dual Focus

Each MiSight lens has two visual zones. The central zone ensures the correction of refractive error and provides clear central vision. The concentric peripheral rings, on the other hand, create a myopic defocus which helps in the control of myopia. This unique combination of clear vision and myopia control is what sets MiSight lenses apart.

The Science Behind MiSight

The principle of myopic defocus has been supported by numerous scientific studies. These studies suggest that by creating a consistent myopic defocus across the retina, the eye's excessive axial growth can be slowed down, thus controlling the progression of myopia. MiSight takes this principle and applies it in a practical, wearable form.

MiSight's Role in Myopia Control

MiSight in Action

In a practical sense, children wearing MiSight lenses can go about their day as usual - studying, playing, and participating in activities, all while their myopia is being controlled. The lens is designed to be comfortable for all-day wear and easy to care for, making it a practical solution for myopia control in children.

Benefits of MiSight for Myopia Control

MiSight lenses have the dual benefit of providing immediate correction of myopia and slowing down its progression. By slowing down the progression of myopia, the lenses can potentially reduce the risks associated with high myopia. The lenses offer an easy-to-use and non-invasive approach to myopia control that can be incorporated into a child's daily routine.

Case Studies and Research on MiSight

Real-world Outcomes with MiSight

Research and real-world case studies have shown promising results. Clinical trials have demonstrated that MiSight can slow down myopia progression by up to 59% over a three-year period when compared to single-vision lenses.

Scientific Evidence Supporting MiSight

Various studies, including a long-term study by CooperVision itself, have provided solid scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of MiSight lenses in controlling myopia progression. These studies are a testament to the lens's potential to change the landscape of myopia management.


The advent of MiSight represents a significant step forward in myopia control. By leveraging innovative technology and the principles of myopic defocus, MiSight offers a practical, non-invasive solution to slow down the progression of myopia, potentially saving millions from the risks of high myopia.

FAQs About MiSight

What is MiSight?

MiSight is an innovative contact lens developed by CooperVision to control the progression of myopia in children.

How does MiSight work to control myopia?

MiSight works by employing a defocusing mechanism that creates a myopic defocus in front of the retina, thus slowing down the elongation of the eye and controlling myopia progression.

What are the benefits of using MiSight?

MiSight provides immediate correction for myopia and slows down its progression, potentially reducing the risks associated with high myopia.

Are MiSight lenses comfortable to wear?

MiSight lenses are designed to be soft and comfortable for all-day wear.

What evidence supports the use of MiSight for myopia control?

Numerous scientific studies and clinical trials support the efficacy of MiSight in controlling myopia progression.

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