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Myopia Control For Children


Scientists estimate that by 2050, half of the world—about 4.75 billion people—will have Myopia. Northlake Eyecare Associates in Northeast Atlanta is committed to helping control Myopia one patient at a time.

Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness, a word you’ve probably heard more often. Being medically Myopic means that you can see clearly when looking at objects nearby, but that distant objects appear blurry. This eye condition is the most common cause of distance-related vision problems. There is also strong evidence that if parents are highly Myopic, it will be genetically passed on to their children.

Myopia Symptoms:

Many children with Myopia discover they have it when it becomes difficult to make out writing on a blackboard or read signs from far away. The following symptoms could indicate nearsightedness:

  • Blurred vision when trying to discern faraway objects or writing
  • A need to squint to make your vision temporarily clearer
  • Eye strain and eye fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Increased vision impairment at night

Ask Your Experienced Northlake Eyecare Associates Optometrist in Atlanta About the Best Options to Help Control Myopia

MiSight® 1 day Contact Lenses with ActivTechnology® from Coopervision is an Excellent Option:NEA1022 MiSight Box

Kids lead active, jam-packed lives. But whether they’re playing pretend, riding bikes with their friends, or learning new things at school, Myopia can make it harder for them to engage in the activities they love. And as they grow up, their prescription may get stronger too.

Fortunately, your age-appropriate children may benefit from innovative technology to help slow down the progression of their Myopia.1: MiSight® 1 day Contact Lenses with ActivControl® from CooperVision. This state-of-the-art technology not only helps correct nearsightedness – they’re also the first soft contact lenses proven to slow the progression of Myopia in children aged 8-12 at initiation of treatment. *1

When wearing MiSight® 1 day Contact Lenses, your age-appropriate child can experience clear vision, freedom from glasses and continue to enjoy the activities they love. 1,2,3

The Features You’ll Love

MiSight® 1 day Contact Lenses is the confident choice for your child. Of children aged 8-15, who had never worn contact lenses before:

  • 95–100% of age-appropriate children said they preferred wearing their MiSight® 1 day Contact Lenses over wearing their glasses.4
  • Children as young as 8 years were able to handle their contact lenses confidently soon after their initial fitting.5
  • Convenient daily disposable contact lenses.

* Compared with a single vision one-day lens over a three-year period


1. Chamberlain P, et al. A 3-year randomized clinical trial of MiSight® lenses for myopia control. Optom Vis Sci. 2019;96(8):556–567

2. Sulley A, et al. Wearer experience and subjective responses with dual focus compared to spherical, single vision soft contact lenses in children during a 3-year clinical trial. Poster presented at AAO 2019, San Francisco, Calif.

3. Chamberlain P, et al, Further comparison of myopia progression in new and established myopia control treatment (MiSight® 1 day) groups. Presentation at BCLA 2019, Manchester, England

4. 95% - 100% of children expressed a preference for contact lenses over glasses at each visit over 36 months. Sulley A et al, Wearer experience and subjective responses with dual focus compared to spherical, single vision soft contact lenses in children during a 3-year clinical trial. AAO 2019 Poster Presentation

5. Children new to contact lens wear aged 8-12, n= 130 @ 1 month after dispense. Chamberlain P et al A 3-year Randomized Clinical Trial of MiSight® Lenses for Myopia Control. Optom Vis Sci 2019;96:556-567

Myopia Control FAQ

What is myopia? How does it start/progress/develop?

  • Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is a condition in which patients have difficulties seeing distant objects. The development of myopia is mainly related to family genetics, specifically mother and father. Depending on how high the nearsightedness is with parents, it can directly affect their children as well. The best form of managing myopia and reducing the progression is yearly eye examinations.

What does myopia control do?

  • Myopia control focuses primarily with the use of a contact lens that is designed to slow the progression of nearsightedness. This contact lens, called MiSight, which is also the only FDA approved contact lens for myopia control is not your typical cosmetic contact lens; it is strictly designed and made to control nearsightedness and to prevent it from getting worse.

Who is it for?

  • Myopia control can be for any individual but primarily for the younger population. Studies shown with MiSight had ages range from 8-12 years old. Although adults can still benefit from MiSight, however, by that time the eyes have fully developed and would be more difficult to manage the nearsightnedness.

What are signs that I or my child need this treatment?

  • Signs of nearsightedness include difficulty seeing distant objects, eye strain, headaches, and double vision occasionally.

    What is the treatment like? Whats used? How long does it take?

    • Treatment /management for myopia control is full time glasses correction or contact lens correction. During the MiSight study, results showed significant reduction in increased nearsightedness after 1 year of wearing contact lenses.

    Is it covered by medical insurance? Is it a lot more than average contact lenses?

    • Because MiSight is designed to slow progression of nearsightedness, it is not covered by medical insurance. Thus, a year supply of contact lenses is slightly more expensive compared to the average contact lens cost. However, it is beneficial for the future to prevent high myopia and further complications such as glaucoma and retinal detachments which are blinding conditions.

    How do I learn more or get started with myopia control?

    • The best way to learn and get started with myopia control is with routine yearly eye examination and asking your optometrist if you are a good candidate.

    Dr. Rad Patel 1989-2023


    It’s with a heavy heart that we share the passing of Northlake Eyecare Associates, Dr. Rad Patel at the young age of 33. His shining personality and humor brought happiness to everyone he encountered.

    Dr. Patel graduated from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry in 2018. He completed an externship at OMNI Eyecare Services and was chosen as a resident in Ocular Disease. He completed his residency with a diploma from UAB in 2019. He then joined the established optometry practice of Dr. Steven R. Warstadt & Associates in Atlanta. In 2021, Dr. Patel became the sole owner, and the practice became known as Northlake Eyecare Associates.

    With regret, Dr. Patel passed away on Friday, May 12, 2023. He was taken too soon, and we will miss him deeply. Northlake Eyecare Associates is still operating for all patients.