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Johnson and Johnson says contact lenses do not exacerbate myopia

30th April 2008

Medical products company Johnson & Johnson has released a statement claiming that the use of contact lenses in children does not cause the development of myopia to accelerate.

A randomised three-year trial tracked the incidence of myopia – or nearsightedness – in 484 children aged between eight and 11. Each was assigned to wear either glasses or lenses.

No “clinically meaningful” difference was discovered between the two types of visual aid and neither lens nor glasses-wearers experienced a noticeable acceleration of myopia progression.

According to Johnson & Johnson, these findings quash a “long-held” myth that suggested soft contact lenses exacerbated nearsightedness more than other options.

“The combined body of research should give both doctors and parents greater confidence in presenting children with the option of contact lens wear when vision correction is required,” said Jeffrey J Walline PhD of the Ohio State University College of Optometry and leader of the Achieve (Adolescent and Child Health Initiative to Encourage Vision Empowerment) Study.

The opposite of nearsightedness or myopia is hyperopia.

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