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CHILDREN’S EYE CARE

Regular eye checks are recommended for all children from the age of four or earlier if parents feel there is a problem. If your child doesn’t recognize the letters of the alphabet, we use different techniques to detect visual problems.

Modern equipment allows us to use shapes and pictures to check vision. A sight test can pick up many conditions at an early age.

We provide NHS sight tests for all children under the age of 16 and under 19 providing they are in full time education. All children under 16 should have an annual sight test.

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We believe that children should be able to wear comfortable glasses. We stock a range of colourful frames for children.

There is some help available through the NHS optical voucher system which can help towards the cost of glasses or contact lenses.

Children’s eye health is important to us and for your child’s personal and social development. Please call us on 020 8566 8750 to book an appointment.

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Ortho K Lenses for Kids

Ortho-K or Orthokeratology is a way of wearing contact lenses overnight to correct your vision during the day. Custom designed overnight contact lenses are worn while you sleep and then removed each morning resulting in clear natural vision all day long. Ortho-K has been around for several decades. With the development of modern instruments it has become more popular as the accurate measurements that we can now obtain can be used to create precisely manufactured, personalised contact lenses.

Ortho-K is ideal for

  • Children- Ortho-K contact lenses are worn only at home and at night and provide clear daytime vision without the inconvenience of day time contact lens wear. Research has shown that Ortho-K can be effective in myopia control, to slow the progression of shortsightedness.

  • Sports enthusiasts-Wearing a night time contact lens removes the risk of damaging or losing glasses or contact lenses while involved in physical activity. Ortho-K lenses are ideal for those engaged in water sports and contact sports.

  • Allergy sufferers-Allows glasses free vision even during hayfever season.

  • Dry eye sufferers-Ortho-K lenses avoid the discomfort that can sometimes be caused by day time contact lenses.

How does it work?

Ortho-K corrects short-sightedness (myopia) which is a condition where the eye is effectively too long and images focus in front of the retina causing blurred distance vision. Ortho-K lenses are custom made to your prescription and cornea shape. They gently flatten the cornea by less than a hair’s width so that, on removal, rays of light coming into the eye focus correctly on the retina. To maintain this effect the lenses must be worn each night

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Ella's Story

Ten-year-old, Ella, has been using Mirage Opticians to correct her vision. Have a look at what she has to say.

“Hi my name is Ella I am 10 years old and l go to Mirage Opticians, and have been using Ortho-k contact lenses for 3 weeks now. When I first heard of these contact lenses I thought that they sounded weird and I  wouldn’t be able to put them in myself but after doing a bit of research, encouragement and thinking I decided I’d give them a try. When I first tried them I was excited and nervous about putting them in but after quite a few attempts I got them in and I’m not going to lie to you they were uncomfortable and felt weird but only for about 2-4 minutes after that I almost couldn’t feel them at all. When I woke up the next morning I took them out and it was like magic and I could see! I didn’t need my glasses ALL day! The next night I put them in and it was a bit easier than the first night because I knew I could do it, and after that it just got easier each night. And it was BRILLIANT I didn’t have to worry about breaking my glasses while playing Netball and I could see while swimming. Ortho-K contact lenses will sound weird at first but I recommend you try them because they have so many benefits and slow down your eyes deteriorating. I find it cool being able to see again and I hope you will too.”

Ella

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Myopia Control

Myopia control contact lenses are a specially designed contact lens used to slow the progression of short-sightedness (myopia). They are a soft contact lens and need to be worn daily to be effective in management of myopia. Myopia control lenses can be fitted to children of all ages, and are particularly important to consider when myopia starts at a young age, is showing signs of progressing and there are other risk factors (eg myopic parents).

Why fit myopia control lenses?

From a lifestyle point of view, being moderately to highly short-sighted can be inconvenient as full time spectacle or contact lens wear is necessary. From a health of the eye point of view there are additional factors to consider as increased myopia is associated with an increase in the size of the eyeball. Research shows that as myopia increases risk of sight threatening eye conditions such as retinal detachment, macula degeneration, glaucoma and cataract also increases. 

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“Good guidance and aftercare on contact lenses.”

T, Ealing

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