Award-winning Totterdown opticians offers children treatment for myopia in their sleep
TOTTERDOWN’S award-winning opticians is one of the first opticians in the UK to offer revolutionary new treatments which can help slow the progression of myopia in children. Lynne Fernandes Optometrists in Wells Road won Family Opticians of the year in the 2018 Opticians Awards, following Lynne’s own win of the Optometrist of the Year in 2016.
TOTTERDOWN’S award-winning opticians is one of the first opticians in the UK to offer revolutionary new treatments which can help slow the progression of myopia in children.
Lynne Fernandes Optometrists in Wells Road won Family Opticians of the year in the 2018 Opticians Awards, following Lynne’s own win of the Optometrist of the Year in 2016.
Myopia is often caused by the eyes growing too much in children. It can make words look blurry at a distance and cause difficulties at school.
Lynne Fernandes is offering special soft contact lenses designed to slow myopia. The practice also offers overnight treatment with rigid lenses which gently flatten the cornea.
Many parents aren’t aware of the new treatment options, Lynne said.
She explained: “Childhood myopia is most commonly caused by the eyes growing too long, or continuing to grow after the age of ten to twelve when eye growth should normally cease. Genetics, environment and an individual’s characteristics can all contribute to this excess growth. In younger children, myopia progresses more quickly because their eyes are growing at a faster rate, leading to higher levels of myopia, stronger glasses and more eye health risks.
“There are several lens options available, new MiSight® one day disposable lensesare specifically designed to manage myopia progression and scientifically proven to slow it down by up to 59% over two years. As a soft, daily disposable lens it’s comfortable to wear and suitable for children from six years and up.
“Another option we offer is overnight treatment with rigid lenses called OrthoKeratology or Ortho-K. These are specially shaped contact lenses which gently flatten the cornea so that the light focuses correctly on the back of the retina. The lenses act like a miniature jelly mould and because the cornea is elastic it will retain the corrected shape for at least 36 hours. These lenses are custom designed and are worn every night while you’re asleep, so that no spectacles or contact lenses need to be worn during the day.
“Knowing which option could be right for your child is difficult but we offer advice on the right contact lens to help slow down your child’s myopia progression. What’s important to remember is that for children with Myopia, the younger they start the treatment the better chance of success.
“We also give lifestyle advice to help reduce the rate of myopia progression.”