Our newest venture is myopia control contact lenses for children. Trying to prevent future generations being excessively short sighted is something that we are passionate about.
Our paediatric eyecare is second to none, and our optometrists are fully trained in the prevention of juvenile stress myopia and accommodative stress. We utilise specialist products like the Coopervision MiSight contact lenses and we are accredited to fit them to children.
Coopervision MiSight contact lenses
Our dispensing opticians are well versed in the most suitable lens types and necessary fitting of the spectacles, to ensure the child can see effectively and they are undergoing the appropriate eye training.
Half of the global population will be short sighted by 2050.
You will have walked down the High Street or strolled through your local park and seen a child in their pushchair, with either a phone or tablet, only several centimetres from their eyes.
Their parents are unwittingly giving their loved ones a wonderful solution to keep them happy and calm, whilst they carry their daily routines.
Unfortunately, the close proximity of the device can be damaging to their young eyes.
If you look at an object 2 metres away, for example someones face, you will be using the macula to do 90% of the viewing. The peripheral vision is still in focus on the retina. If you look at your lap-top 1 metre away, again the peripheral is still in focus. However, when you look a phone with its bright screen at a close distance, within 30cm, the peripheral is now out of focus!
This is why children eyes are becoming more and more short sighted.
In practice, we used to see children becoming short sighted at around the same time as puberty, when they started to grow into adults. Now, we are seeing children aged 8 – 10 years needing myopic correction. Not only that, children are also relying upon bifocals and varifocals for their close up work.
If you’re interested please research the following links:-
Hyperopic Defocus Juvenile Stress Myopia
Accommodative Stress Axial Myopia
To help combat this ensuing optical pandemic, David & Lydia embarked on a two year long quest to establish oyako. One of the world’s first apps to bring parents and children together on their devices, so careful monitoring of safe viewing distances can be established and the children quickly learn how to view their smart devices safely.