Myopia – commonly known as shortsightedness – is a refractive error that affects approximately 34% of the UK population. It occurs when your eyeball is slightly elongated, causing rays of light to focus in front of your retina, rather than on its surface. This makes objects close to your eyes look clear, whilst distant objects appear blurry.
But what if you could correct this refractive error without relying on eyewear and without having to resort to laser eye surgery?
Here at Karen Lockyer Opticians we specialize in two state-of-the-art solutions – Orthokeratology and MiSight lenses.
Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K, corrects myopia via overnight contact lenses that gradually reshape your cornea while you sleep. When you wake up, you can remove the lenses and see without the need for vision correction. The corneal reshaping is temporary – lasting only for a day or two – so you can always stop wearing them if you want to go back to contact lenses or glasses.
The Karen Lockyer team is highly qualified to fit your Ortho-K lenses. To measure the curvature of your corneas, we use a corneal topographer to create a topographical map of the surface of your eyes. We then supply you with lenses from our extensive inventory or – if your exact fit is not available – we’ll order custom lenses to suit your personal prescription. To attain the maximum vision correction, you may need up to three pairs of lenses.
Ortho-K is the ideal solution for those with active lifestyles who don’t want to rely on eyewear during the waking hours, anyone working in dry or dusty conditions or young people not old enough for laser eye surgery. Research has shown that Ortho-K technology can also slow the progression of myopia in children.
MiSight lenses are an innovative new vision-correcting solution for children, which similarly serve to slow the onset of myopia as their eyes develop. Launched in March 2017, these daily disposable contact lenses have been shown to reduce myopic development in children by up to 59%.
Rather than reshaping the cornea, MiSight lenses work by creating a circle of increased power surrounding the central vision. This triggers your eyes to stop growing longer, thereby halting the onset of myopia in its tracks. To be effective these revolutionary lenses must be worn for at least ten hours for six days a week.
As children grow, their eyesight is particularly susceptible to developing common eye conditions such as lazy eye, squints, astigmatism and myopia. Although easily corrected with eyewear, myopia can have detrimental effects later in life, making the onset of glaucoma, retinal detachment and macular degeneration statistically more likely in the future. This is why we’re proud to be one of the first opticians in the country to offer MiSight technology to our young patients.
If you’d like to find out more about Ortho-K and MiSight solutions, get in touch with our team to discuss how these pioneering technologies could transform your vision experience.