After recently gaining CE approval for managing shortsight in children, Menicon Bloom offer a holistic approach to the problem of increasing short sight in the young. It is the first product to gain this approval in Europe. This is in addition to approval in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.
Ortho K now comes CE marked
Certified to fit Bausch & Lomb Vision Shaping Treatment
AOP Contact Lens Awards 2015
The Ortho K Clinic’s optometrist, Colin Tonner, has been announced as winner of a prestigious national award in recognition of his services to optics. Run by the Association of Optometrists (AOP) and sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, the awards recognise the highest levels of achievement in UK optics.
Mr Tonner was named winner in the Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year category during an awards ceremony in Birmingham on 5 November. The category, which is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, recognises an individual who actively promotes contact lens wear within the practice and beyond – particularly focusing on groups such as teenagers and the elderly.
Asked about what he thinks makes his service ‘gold standard’ Mr Tonner said: “I think it would be the way that I try to interact with people and deal with the psychological aspects that hold potential wearers back. Patience and encouragement for patients to come back two, three or more times until they are comfortable with the process. I would not want them to feel hurried.”
Commenting on his award, Mr Tonner said: “Being shortlisted was a big surprise, but I am gobsmacked that so many people have taken the trouble to vote for me. It is an honour for me and the team.”
Mr Tonner enjoys his profession and commented: “I have always loved the positive reaction that people have when you are freeing them from their glasses.” He added: “For different people, being fitted with contact lenses means different things. Some people do, literally, describe it as life-changing.”
Henrietta Alderman, AOP Chief Executive, said: “The AOP Awards gives us the opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the individuals and organisations who give so much to the public and the profession. Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted for this year’s Awards.”
More than 14,000 votes were cast across this year’s awards categories. The twelve awards categories include a new accolade for Newly-qualified Optometrist of the Year. For more information on the AOP Awards 2015, including details of all the winners and shortlisted nominees, see the AOP website www.aop.org.uk
Short-sight increases in the young
The eye research charity Fight for Sight have highlighted the results of a study of over 60,000 people of European ancestry. This includes figures taken over a 25 year period that shows that there were more than 3x as many short-sighted participants between 25-29 than those over 70. The study looked at the number of short-sighted in the different age groups as well as the proportion across age groups. In the younger age group, short-sight was the biggest cause of visual error. More alarming is that in the younger age group alone, almost half were short-sighted. In some ways this is not surprising as a similar pattern had previously been demonstrated in Hong Kong Chinese. We were only waiting for the maths to be done on a European group to confirm a similar trend. To read the full report click ow.ly/MTA61
Contact Lens Specialist Symposium 2013
The Contact Lens Specialist Symposium 2013 held in London on 28-29th September 2013 brought together eye care practitioners from UK, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Canada and the US. Leading researchers provided delegates with the latest information on various specialist contact lenses. Of particular interest was the latest research data on the benefit of using Ortho K to control short sight.
Controlling Short Sight
The latest study to look at progress of short sight in children has clearly shown there is a significant benefit in wearing Ortho K lenses. Matching results with spectacle wearers of the same age and prescription over an eight year period, revealed significantly more stable prescription for the Ortho K eyes. Within the Ortho K group, nearly two thirds showed no change in prescription over the whole period of the study. Downie, Laura – Eye and Contact Lens, July 2013.
Laser eye surgery alternatives …..
Laser surgery has been around for nearly twenty years. It is widely advertised and world wide there are hundreds of thousands of people have had the procedure. As a result of the amount it is advertised, celebrity endorsements and High St availability, the public have come to believe that anybody can have it and that it is completely safe.
However, the way it is marketed and the claims made about it, have come in for recent censure from regulatory bodies, for not making clear the risks associated with laser treatment.
Around 30% of candidates are not suitable for laser treatment due to dry eye. A significant number of laser patients require the use of artifical tear drops (and/or punctual plugging) for months after treatment.
This is before you consider correction errors and healing issues that can occurs. Like all things in life, laser surgery is another example that life is not perfect.
So what are the alternatives? (Ignoring contact lenses and spectacles as that is what people usually want to be able to do!)
Ortho k is the safe alternative to laser surgery. Unlike laser, if the outcome is not achieved simply stopping the ocular orthodontic allows the eye to return to its previous state within five days. Laser takes away precious ocular tissue so the only way to alter the result is to remove more tissue. Ortho k lenses can be altered to adjust the outcome as required.
People believe that having laser surgery corrects the vision for life. This is not the case for everyone. Changes in the eye over time can result in the need for spectacle or contact lens correction again. Ortho K lenses can be used to safely eliminate the change in prescription without the need for more laser treatment while still providing daytime freedom from glasses and contact lenses.
Case Study: Philip had laser eye surgery in 2004. By 2008, he was wearing spectacles again for driving (especially at night) and going to football matches. He came for an eye test in 2010, thinking his vision had deteriorated again. In discussing his options, he didn’t want laser again and as an active sportsman, glasses weren’t ideal. He decided to try Ortho K which restored his vision back to normal. His correction has been stable since first fitting.
Colin at The Lancashire Cricket Ground
Lancashire’s players are certain to have Twenty20 vision this season after undergoing stringent eye tests ahead of the new campaign.
In previous years the squad have been urged to have checks as part of their medicals.
But this year the club’s medical science director Dave Roberts has brought in optometrist Colin Tonner to give the players’ sight a thorough review.
Read the full article HERE