FDA Approves First Contact Lens to Slow the Progression of Nearsightedness in Kids

Children with nearsightedness (myopia) may now benefit from the first contact lens approved by FDA for slowing the progression of the common condition. Until now, traditional eyeglasses and contact lenses available in the United States have only been developed to correct blurred vision (a symptom of myopia), but not for slowing the progression of the condition.  “Today’s approval is the first FDA-approved product to slow the progression of myopia in children, which ultimately could mean a reduced risk of developing other eye problems,” said Malvina Eydelman, MD, director of the Office of Ophthalmic, Anesthesia, Respiratory, ENT, and Dental Devices at FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The MiSight contact lens from San Ramon, CA-based CooperVision is a single-use, disposable soft contact lens that is intended to be discarded and the end of each day and not worn overnight. The lens is designed to correct nearsightedness and slow the progression of myopia in children with healthy eyes. “We can’t overstate the importance and potential impact of this landmark decision on children’s vision, especially considering the rise in myopia’s severity and prevalence in the U.S. and worldwide," said Daniel McBride, president of CooperVision. "Eye care professionals who embrace t...
Source: MDDI - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Business Source Type: news

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Abstract Myopia is an increasingly common condition that is associated with significant costs to individuals and society. Moreover, myopia is associated with increased risk of glaucoma, retinal detachment and myopic maculopathy, which in turn can lead to blindness. It is now well established that spending more time outdoors during childhood lowers the risk of developing myopia and may delay progression of myopia. There has been great interest in further exploring this relationship and exploiting it as a public health intervention aimed at preventing myopia in children. However, spending more time outdoors can have...
Source: The British Journal of Ophthalmology - Category: Opthalmology Authors: Tags: Br J Ophthalmol Source Type: research
Rationale: Spherophakia is a rare diagnosis which is often associated with a shallow anterior chamber, angle-closure glaucoma, lens subluxation, and lenticular myopia. When cataracts occur with subluxation of the lens, vision is often markedly affected. This often presents surgeons with a unique challenge of maintaining good visual outcomes while minimizing potential complications. Patient concerns: A 48-year-old female was referred for ophthalmological assessment due to decreased vision in the left eye. In the left eye, the best-corrected visual acuity at distance was 20/125 with manifest refraction of −6.5D + ...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Case Report Source Type: research
The actual numbers of people blind or with poor vision continue to increase despite so excellent progress that is being made in reducing the prevalence or percentage of people affected. More attention is required to provide quality outcomes for cataract surgery, prevent and manage myopia, detect and treat diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Although more ophthalmologists are needed to provide this eye care, it is important that ophthalmologists work in effective teams with allied eye health personal to be able to meet the community needs.
Source: Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology - Category: Opthalmology Tags: Perspectives Source Type: research
A child receives treatment in the northeastern district of Mymensingh, Bangladesh. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPS By External SourceGENEVA, Oct 8 2019 (IPS) A staggering 2.2 billion people already suffer from eye conditions and visual impairment today, but the global need for eye care is set to increase “dramatically”, with lack of exercise a key factor, the UN health agency said on Tuesday, unveiling its first ever report on vision across the world. While welcoming recent successes in eliminating common conditions such as trachoma in eight countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted evidence indicating ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news
It’s no secret that air pollution isn’t good for your health. In particular, exposure to the byproducts of burning the fuel that powers most of our motor vehicles has been linked to higher risk of lung cancer, respiratory infections, stroke and heart disease, as well as an increased risk of death from these conditions. A new study now adds another worrisome pollution-related risk: eye disease. Dr. Suh-Hang Hank Juo, from the center for myopia and eye disease at China Medical University in Taiwan, and his colleagues documented for the first time in a large population that exposure to two common air pollutants&md...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized health macular degeneration Pollution Source Type: news
Conclusions: The present case is the first to describe the unusual presentation of pseudoexfoliation in a young individual along with presenile cataract. Simultaneous occurrence of pseudoexfoliation with cataract could be due to previous intraocular surgery, iris trauma, possible low-grade inflammation, and high myopia in a predisposed eye. The clinician should be aware that although a rare condition, pseudoexfoliation can occur in the young and may be associated with presenile cataract.
Source: Journal of Glaucoma - Category: Opthalmology Tags: Online Articles: Case Report/Small Case Series Source Type: research
The frequency of late in-the-bag intraocular lens (IOL) dislocation has increased over the past decades. Important predisposing factors are pseudoexfoliation syndrome (PXF), myopia, previous vitreoretinal surgery, and trauma,1 –3 and there is also an association with glaucoma.1–4 Furthermore, some studies report high intraocular pressure (IOP) in eyes with IOL dislocation despite no known glaucoma.1–5 Accordingly, it has been speculated whether the dislocation can cause an IOP increase.
Source: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery - Category: Opthalmology Authors: Tags: Correspondence Source Type: research
The worldwide prevalence of myopia has increased significantly in recent years [1 –4]. In East Asia, myopia prevalence rates are much higher than those in the west. A Korean study recently reported that 96.5% of 19-year-old males in South Korea were myopic [5]. Sun et al. [6] reported a similar figure of 95.5% for Chinese university students. Myopia is associated with several d isadvantages that include the financial cost of optical correction devices, the possible complications of refractive surgery, and the increased risk of ocular diseases such as cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinal detachment [7,8].
Source: Contact Lens and Anterior Eye - Category: Opthalmology Authors: Source Type: research
Retinal fundus photographs have been used in the diagnosis of many ocular diseases such as glaucoma, pathological myopia, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. With the development of computer science, computer aided diagnosis has been developed to process and analyze the retinal images automatically. One of the challenges in the analysis is that the quality of the retinal image is often degraded. For example, a cataract in human lens will attenuate the retinal image, just as a cloudy camera lens which reduces the quality of a photograph. It often obscures the details in the retinal images and posts c...
Source: IEE Transactions on Medical Imaging - Category: Biomedical Engineering Source Type: research
This study is the first to report cataract type specific risks in a cohort of Russian Mayak Production Association workers following chronic occupational exposure to ionizing radiation. In this retrospective cohort study, 22,377 workers (females 25.4%) first employed in 1948 –1982 were followed up till the end of 2008. All cataract subtypes were significantly dependent on sex, attained age, diabetes mellitus, myopia and glaucoma. For each of posterior subcapsular (PSC), cortical and nuclear cataracts, the risk of cataract incidence significantly linearly increased wit h increasing radiation dose. Excess relative risk...
Source: European Journal of Epidemiology - Category: Epidemiology Source Type: research
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