The BLINK Study is sponsored by the National Eye Institute to determine whether commercially available, soft bifocal contact lenses slow the progression of nearsightedness in children. Learn more about how soft bifocal contact lenses may slow the progression of nearsightedness in the journal articles below.

Helpful Journal Articles

Multifocal Contact Lens Myopia Control

Jeffrey J. Walline, Katie L. Greiner, M. Elizabeth McVey, and Lisa A. Jones-Jordan


Effect of Dual-Focus Soft Contact Lens Wear on Axial Myopia Progression in Children

Nicola S. Anstice, BOptom, PhD, and John R. Phillips, MCOptom, PhD


Decrease in Rate of Myopia Progression with a Contact Lens Designed to Reduce Relative Peripheral Hyperopia: One-Year Results

Padmaja Sankaridurg, Brien Holden, Earl Smith, Thomas Naduvilath, Xiang Chen, Percy Lazon de la Jara, Aldo Martinez, Judy Kwan, Arthur Ho, Kevin Frick, and Jian Ge


Defocus Incorporated Soft Contact (DISC) lens slows myopia progression in Hong Kong Chinese schoolchildren: a 2-year randomised clinical trial

Carly Siu Yin Lam, Wing Chun Tang, Dennis Yan-Yin Tse, Ying Yung Tang, Chi Ho To

Nearsighted kids wearing glasses or contact lenses have light that focuses behind the peripheral retina (left), but nearsighted kids wearing soft bifocal contact lenses have light that focuses in front of the peripheral retina (right). Light focusing in front of the retina may act as a signal to slow eye growth and the progression of nearsightedness. 1

1 Smith EL. Prentice award lecture 2010: a case for peripheral optical treatment strategies for myopia. OVS 2011;88:1029-44.