By Guest Blogger Mariedith Appanaitis
Since 1969, Forsyth Family Eye Care has been a leader and preferred provider of quality vision care products and personalized eye care services for patients in Winston-Salem and the surrounding areas. The doctors and staff offer comprehensive vision and eye health examinations and specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of eye conditions and pathology.
Drs. Alex Appanaitis, Amy Gurley, and Van Vo work together to administer optimal eye care using advanced, state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and eye care products. Drs. Gurley and Vo were two of the first doctors in the country trained to fit a revolutionary, daily disposable myopia management lens called MiSight. This lens is proven to slow the progression of nearsightedness when initiated in age appropriate children, between the ages of 8-12, or earlier.
MiSight, by Coopervision, is the first FDA approved lens for myopia management. One of Dr. Gurley’s passions for many years has been the search for such a lens. She has lived with myopia (nearsightedness) most of her life. She also has two, young daughters who could inherit this common vision condition in which you can see objects near to you, but objects farther away are blurry.
Dr. Gurley states, “Kids lead active, jam-packed lives. But whether they are playing pretend, riding bikes with their friends, or learning new things at school, myopia (nearsightedness) can make it harder for them to engage in the activities they love. And as they grow, their nearsightedness may progress too.”
Dr. Gurley and Dr. Vo are both trained to fit the new myopia management lenses and have found that 95– 100% of age-appropriate children said they preferred wearing their MiSight one day contact lenses over wearing their glasses.
Myopia is common in children and tends to increase as they get older. If a person develops severe myopia as a child, they may be susceptible to other eye problems such as early cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, or a detached retina during adulthood. The MiSight soft contact lenses are meant to be worn daily to correct nearsightedness and slow the progression of myopia in children with healthy eyes. When placed on the eye, one part of the MiSight contact lens corrects the refractive error to improve distance vision in nearsighted eyes, like a standard contact lens. Simultaneously, concentric peripheral rings in the lens focus part of the light in front of the retina (the back of the eye) which is postulated to reduce the stimulus causing the progression of myopia.
At Forsyth Family Eye Care, you will find eye care professionals who genuinely care about your vision and ocular health and are dedicated to providing exceptional patient care.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, you can reach their office at 5305 Robinhood Village Drive in Winston-Salem, NC. You may also call 336.924.9121 or visit ForsythFamilyEyeCare.com.
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