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The Initial Consultation

Whichever lens you are interested in, we would carry out a consultation which will take at least 30-45 minutes where we will assess the health and condition of everything from the tips of the lashes to the iris,  looking at the quality and quantity of the tear film (the main support for the contact lens), the shape and condition of the lids and the size and health of the cornea. To do this we use a biomicroscope (slit lamp) with various coloured dyes to help show us the general well being of the front of the eye. We would then measure the shape of the eye using a Corneal Topographer, which is so accurate we can design lenses from this data. All this information is then used along with our talk with you about what you want and expect from lenses, what sort of work you do, the environment at work, your hobbies and general health etc, to help us decide what lenses to recommend for you and to give you trial lenses which, in most cases, will be free of charge.

 
 

Myopia (shortsightedness) Control Lenses

Myopia control lenses are lenses which aim to minimize or halt rapidly increasing shortsightedness. High myopia can be very debilitating and also increases certain ocular health risks.

It is not a new concept but the latest research seems to suggest that we are beginning to understand the mechanics involved and how we can go about making it a reality. it is ,however, a developing science so the more we learn the more we discover that it is probably a range of things that will influence whether myopia can be controlled or not.

At the 2011 British Contact Lens Conference there was early evidence that diet, playing outside, daylight and specially designed lenses (both for specs and contact lenses) can all influence how shortsighted our children can get. Early designs of spectacle and contact lenses are available in some parts of Asia, where myopia is currently in epidemic proportions, in some countries 90% of the population are shortsighted.

Because of the necessary protocol required to gain a license to be sold in Europe as a "Myopic Control" lens (claims have to be verified with clinical data, which can take years to collate) it will be some time before lenses branded as such will be available in the UK. However, there are lenses currently available that, according to some recent studies, can seem to control myopia.

 

Orthokeratology

There are at least two long term studies, one in Hong Kong and the other in Spain, which both show orthokeratology lenses can control how rapidly the myopia worsens. We have already fitted several young patients in ortho-k lenses with this in mind.

Orthokeratology costs from £150 for the lenses plus £176 fees for the initial fitting followed by £39 per month which will cover six monthly lens replacements and the aftercare appointments, please ask for further detail.

 

Bifocal contact lenses

In the past bifocal spectacle lenses have been used but with minimal success but the way certain contact lens bifocals work is the basis for the latest Myopia control soft lenses. These are approximately £36 per month inclusive of fees and solutions.

As I mentioned before this is a new and developing area of contact lens work and one which we have an avid interest in and will keep researching for the latest developments.

Please contact us if you require further details or just want a chat about Myopia control.

 
  Leightons & Tempany: 157 High Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1AU.    T: 01202 678 244    E: info@LeightonsTempany.co.uk