When prescribing myopia controlling contact lenses for children, daily disposables are the safest modality. Only spherical corrections are available, though, which can impact lens selection for children with astigmatism. The NaturalVue Multifocal contact lens is suggested for up to 2D of astigmatism, much higher than is typical for spherical CL designs. Is is ‘masking’ astigmatism, or ‘partially correcting’ it instead?
Axial length (AXL) has been well established as the critical measurement in myopia control research. The measurement accuracy and link to disease risk make AXL increasingly important in a clinical setting. But what else should we measure in the myopic eye? Does the cornea change as well? Will we end up doing away with refraction? Read more on measuring the whole eye in myopia.
This research summary describes the major multifocal contact lens (MFCL) research studies for myopia control, and what we still need to learn. From the first studies only a decade ago, to wearing time, commercially available lenses, the influence of BV, novel designs and more, this comprehensive review will get you all the way up to date on MFCLs.
Children with more than 5-6D of myopia can require special consideration to ensure safe management of their ocular and systemic health. This clinical case details important aspects of care for the very high childhood myope: ophthalmology co-management, best optical corrections, parental education and eye health monitoring.