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Short-sightedness in children must be managed

A study out this week has found that yet again the rate of myopia (short-sightedness) in young people is on the rise. Now more common between aged 25 and 29 than those aged 55 to 59, with as many as half of this age group suffering from the condition.

The research from King’s College London also found that those with a higher education are more likely to suffer from myopia than those who left school at 16. It is still not clear exactly why people develop myopia however, these findings further indicate that people who spend more time working on computers and reading, seem more likely to suffer the condition. The research also suggests another contributing factor could be the lack of time spent outdoors.

In response to research like this, Cameron Optometry is soon to launch a myopia control clinic that will work to halt the progression of myopia in young children. The use of contact lenses in childhood can make a real difference in a bid to ensure that by the time children become adults, their myopia has not deteriorated as it would if left untreated. Severe myopia can lead to more serious eye conditions such as glaucoma and retinal detachment reaffirming the need for myopia control.

Through a shark’s eyes

The Shark documentary on BBC 1 last night was fascinating (and a pleasant break from GE coverage!). Sharks have a bad reputation, not least as a result of the 1970’s blockbuster, Jaws. But actually they are a species that pose very little threat to humans and instead are truly majestic creatures.

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You may think this is a little off topic. What do they have to do with the human eye? Well you might be surprised to learn that the shark’s eye structure is very similar to that of a human’s eye with a cornea, lens, retina, pupil and iris. In fact so similar that the shark cornea has been used in human eye surgery.

However the eye surround is very different. Many sharks don’t blink, they just use their eyelids when they need protection and rarely close their eyes. Some don’t even have eyelids, instead species like the great white roll their eyes into their head when they need protection, usually when feeding. They also have the ability to see in the dark due to the eye tissue called the tapetum lucidum which can lead to their eyes appearing to glow in the dark, much like the household cat.

From the goblin shark to the tasselled wobbegong, there is a lot more to the species than the great white which stole the show in the Steven Spielberg thriller. We need to preserve the lives and habitats of this remarkable predator.

Ian Cameron named UK Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year

Pioneering work recognised at Optician Awards

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We are delighted to announce that managing director, Ian Cameron, has been named UK Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year at this year’s Optician Awards. Recognising the specialist work he performs on a daily basis, the award is an acknowledgement of his work supporting those with complex eye conditions.

A thrilled Ian said, “It is a great honour to receive this award, especially as the judging panel is made up of highly regarded optical industry experts. I am hugely passionate about the work I do and am always eager to help those with specialist eye conditions who had thought that they couldn’t wear contact lenses. Lenses have life-changing potential for some people, from babies who have had cataracts removed, to those who have complex conditions like keratoconus, it’s my job to find the right approach to ensure they can enjoy all the benefits that contact lenses can bring.

“We are soon to launch a specialist myopia (short-sightedness) clinic for children in a bid to stop their vision deteriorating throughout their childhood, through the use of specialist contact lenses. This is an approach that has shown great results but parents, and even some optical professionals, are unaware of the potential benefits of contact lenses in halting the progression of myopia.”

The award will sit alongside our Association of Optometrists (AOP) UK Practice of the Year award and Donald Cameron’s AOP Lifetime Achievement Award which he collected last year.

You only get one pair of eyes, so you really should give them the best possible care. That is what everyone at Cameron Optometry aims to do every time a patient walks in to the practice. It has been an incredible few years for the practice and we are confident the success will continue in the coming years with our fantastic team here.

 

Calls for tighter regulation on the laser eye industry

Further to a report calling for tighter regulations in the laser eye sector, Ian appeared as an expert guest on BBC Radio Scotland to discuss the procedure. At the moment anyone who is a qualified doctor, such as a GP, can perform laser eye surgery without any specialist eye training.The feature also follows protests this week by individuals who feel they have experienced ‘botched’ laser eye surgery, reiterating calls for tighter regulation.

Ian discussed what is involved in laser eye surgery, a process where the front of the eye is reshaped to change the prescription. In an industry that is currently booming, he pointed out that it takes regulators time to catch up and this is what is required in this case. He also discussed the lack of transparency in a sector where private companies are not obliged to publish their statistics so the estimate that around one in twenty people experience problems with the procedure, could in fact be higher.

The advice from Ian is to make sure you fully research your specific surgeon, not just the clinic. Check out their training, reputation and experience in the specific area and ensure that you are always treated by that individual. In addition, ask your own optometrist for a recommendation before undertaking a procedure, which if it goes wrong, could leave you with permanent eye damage.

Listen to Ian’s thoughts and advice here.

Cameron Optometry launches exclusive membership scheme, Vision+

Now offering unrivalled level of care with exclusive discounts.

This month we were delighted to launch our exclusive Vision+ membership scheme. We always wish to ensure that we provide our clients with an unrivalled level of care and by launching Vision+ we feel we are giving our clients access to the most advanced level of eye care available in the most cost effective way.

Behind the scenes we have been busy working on this for some time, researching what other optical services provide and updating our technology to ensure that Vision+ is a cut above the rest. Our aim has always been to provide the most thorough care for your eyes and we believe that we have achieved this through Vision+.

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Vision+ is exclusive to Cameron Optometry and delivers many benefits to members including:

  • Four highly regarded optometrists, making it even easier for you to have direct access to their expertise.
  • Access to our brand new Optos Daytona (link to article below) eye scanner, the most detailed available globally
  • Unlimited emergency visits and prescriptions.
  • Up to 50% off frames and 20% off all lenses that are already competitively priced.

If you are currently a pay-as-you-go client, you will notice that some of our charges, like annual eye examinations, have increased since you last visited. Please visit www.cameronoptom.com/prices for more details. Most clients will find that signing up to Vision+ is now the most cost-effective way to pay for your eye care. For further information please visit the website or email vision@cameronoptom.com.

Cameron Optometry invests in next generation eye care technology

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Practice welcomes most detailed eye scanner available worldwide. 

Cameron Optometry has become one of the first optometrists to offer patients the new Daytona eye care technology as part of their routine eye exams in an effort to help raise the standard and importance of regular eye exams.

Most of us remember to have our car serviced, or visit the dentist for a check up, but how many of us know to have our eyes checked even if we’re not experiencing any sight problems? Eye exams are more than just checking the need for glasses or contact lenses, but are also about checking the health of the inside of our eyes (especially the retina) and our body. The eye is the only place in the body where, without surgery, it’s possible to look in and see blood vessels, arteries and even part of the brain so it’s vital to have regular eye exams that include a comprehensive retina check.

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Daytona is the latest imaging technology available from Optos and it offers patients the most comprehensive and groundbreaking retinal exam available in a quick and painless procedure. The high-resolution optomap images Daytona produces can help our optometrists detect early signs of eye conditions (e.g. retinal tears/detachments, macular degeneration, glaucoma) and non-eye diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Good vision helps children realise potential in their exams

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Make sure your child has had their eyes examined in the last two years.

Just a reminder that exam season is almost upon us so please make sure your children have had their eyes tested to allow them to realise their potential. We have covered this in our newsletter before but make no apologies in doing so again.

Poor vision can have a detrimental effect on your child’s academic performance so please ensure you get your child’s eyes tested at least every two years. Also look out for the following signs that they could have issues with their vision.

  • Headaches and sore eyes, especially after a long revision session
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Using fingers to track text or losing their place when reading
  • Having issues with coordination for example when playing ball games
  • Squinting or closing one eye when reading
  • Showing sensitivity to light or the glare from a screen

And as you will see from our feature below, reassure your children that if they do require some kind of correction to their vision, it needn’t be in the form of glasses as we prescribe contact lenses to many school-aged children. And remember, all children of Vision+ members, in fulltime education, receive comprehensive scans at no charge.

Remember if you’re a Vision+ member your children in FTE get all the scans they need for free’

Contact lenses for children

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With the right expertise contact lenses could be a good option for your child.

At Cameron Optometry we pride ourselves on our contact lens expertise. We regularly receive referrals from other optical and health experts such as the Edinburgh’s Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion who are looking for expertise in contact lenses.

For many parents, finding out that their children have less than perfect vision is upsetting. For most it’s a case of a relatively low level prescription so usually glasses are the chosen route, however for some their issues are more complex and the solution is less straightforward.

Such was the case for the MacKarel brothers, Jesse and Laurie. Jesse was born with some of the iris missing in each eye and has worn glasses and had patching on his eyes since the age of two. He has good vision with his glasses (he is longsighted with astigmatism) but he was finding that they didn’t work well for playing football. Sadly for many similar cases, the parents don’t realise that there are other options. We suggested that he give contact lenses a try and he was delighted with the prospect. He started with his mum inserting and removing the lenses, then starting holding his eyelids open while his mum handled the lenses and now he can take them out by himself. Now heading the ball is not an issue!

His brother Laurie was seven when he started to wear lenses having also worn glasses since he was a toddler. He has a high prescription and was required to wear his prescription all the time to help correct a squint. He has also found them to transform his sporting life, especially for tennis and mountain biking but he also opts to wear them to school some days.

The boys’ mum, Jane believes that the change from glasses to contact lenses for her sons has been a hugely positive experience and both see better with their lenses. Sadly, like many young glasses wearers, there are those moments when children have teased the boys for wearing glasses. For these boys, knowing they have the option of wearing lenses to suit their lifestyles has made a huge difference. They don’t need to sacrifice their love of sport due to the impractical nature of glasses. When they can’t be bothered inserting their lenses, they don’t but when they want to spend an afternoon in the park with a football, in go their lenses.

There are times when glasses aren’t practical for any of us, not just children. Whether it’s for sport or just a night out when you want to be glasses-free, contact lenses do not have to be a fulltime commitment. And they don’t come with an age restriction. The experience of the MacKarel brothers, shows us that with the help of their parents, even children young children can enjoy the benefits that contact lenses bring.

You’ve been framed

Glasses trends for 2015 and beyond.

We all have different relationships with our glasses. For some they are part of them, people comment when they don’t have them on, they don’t feel fully dressed without their glasses. For others they are a fashion statement. They will choose glasses for dressing down and contacts for nights out. For others they are a hidden necessity. When nightfall hits, their pyjamas and glasses go on but no one knows about them and they dread the day they have to don them in public. Whatever your relationship with your glasses, ensure it’s a happy one. If you would like to update yours, take a look at our top trends for glasses this year.

Splash of colour: if you caught any of New York Fashion Week, you’ll have seen colour and lots of it. William Morris London is a leader in style. Go all out with some
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or opt for a more subtle splash of colour with theses
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All about the curve: fluid shapes and curves are hot for 2015. Not quite as round as Harry Potter’s frames, but a strong curve can really accentuate your eyes. The Scandinavians have always led the way in eyewear and Danish designers Lindberg give other brands a lesson in design.
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Step back in time: After the 1950’s dominance of 2014, the 1970’s are making a comeback. Metal frames with hints of gold or silver are a bold choice and popular for those who want to look extra sharp in their work wear. Add these Clubmasters to a power suit to give you an extra confidence boost.
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Tortoiseshell is also making another come back and are a popular addition to the Vintage collection from William Morris London. http://www.williammorris.co.uk/william-morris-collections/vintage-readers?product_id=550

Dark and dynamic: Ray-Ban’s classic black Wayfarer is not just for the sun. These classic frames continue to be one of our bestsellers.
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And Guess do a slightly smaller version that are also a popular choice for everyday wear.

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Cameron Optometry patient on course to combat river blindness

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Edinburgh professor winning battle against cause of preventable blindness.

River blindness is a nasty disease caused by a parasitic worm called onchocerca volvulus who’s larvae are spread by black flies which breed in fast flowing rivers, hence the name. It is estimated that around 25 million people are affected by the disease, largely in Africa, making it the second leading cause of infectious blindness worldwide.

One of our patients, Professor Taylor, began working on the causative agent of river blindness back in 1981, with the long-term aim of developing a vaccine. And as he nears retirement, we are delighted to hear that he is close to achieving his goal. The vaccine has been developed and is now the final stages of trialling. It will initially be used initially to protect vulnerable children and after wider trials, it is hoped that the Edinburgh University professor, could have found the vaccine to eradicate this awful disease.

You can read more in this leaflet from Professor Taylor

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