New research suggests that rigid gas permeable contact lenses may help slow the progression of nearsightedness, or myopia, in young children.
At the end of a three-year study of more than a hundred 8- to 11-year olds, researchers determined that wearing rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses slowed the progression of myopia by nearly 30 percent, compared to soft contact lens wear.
Only recently did researchers find that young children could handle the responsibility of wearing contact lenses. Rigid contact lenses alter the shape of the cornea, which plays a small role in the development of myopia, said Jeffrey Walline, the studys lead author and an adjunct assistant professor of optometry at Ohio State University.
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