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Cameron Optometry team survive gruelling Tough Mudder (just)

The team at Cameron Optometry donned their protective specs and braved this year’s brutal Tough Mudder challenge in the Scottish Borders.

Tough mudder

Raising money for the International Glaucoma Association, optometrists Ian Cameron, Gillian Bruce, Claire Keith and their unsuspecting partners, braved the gruelling assault course.

Their eyes were about the only body part that was well looked after during their mudder mayhem. A 12 mile, half-marathon of electrical burns, ice cold lochs, soul-crushing terrain and a whole lot of cold, heavy mud, didn’t deter this determined bunch from making it back in one-piece. With still enough energy to say cheese at the end of it all, they obviously need to find something even tougher for their next team-building adventure…

Controlling short-sightedness in children


Myopia Control programme launches in a bid to slow the progression of short-sightedness in children.

We are delighted to be able to announce the launch of our Myopia Control service at Cameron Optometry using our expertise in contact lenses, to significantly reduce the progression of short-sightedness in children. The aim is to ensure by the time they reach adulthood their vision is substantially better than it would be if left untreated and also reducing the chance of a child developing serious eye conditions in later life.

What is myopia?

Myopia is the medical term for short-sightedness, when the eyeball is too long or too powerful, causing objects in the distance to look blurred.

Generally once you have myopia your prescription declines over time, in particular during childhood as the eye develops. If a child is myopic, they are at risk of their vision deteriorating quickly. Not only does this mean reliance on strong glasses, higher levels of myopia are also linked to an increased risk of developing eye diseases such as glaucoma, retinal detachment, macular degeneration and cataract in later life.

What is Myopia Control?

Myopia Control aims to slow the progression of myopia in children through the use of specialised contact lenses. At Cameron Optometry our expertise in contact lenses allows us to provide the most advanced options available based on up to date research, which has found Myopia Control contact lenses can slow the progression of myopia by up to 50%.

How do the contact lenses work?

Myopia Control contact lenses are designed to correct your child’s vision by slowing the process of elongation and enlargement of the eyeball. There are two types of Myopia Control lenses available currently: lenses that are worn only when asleep (orthokeratology) or lenses which are worn during waking hours (multifocals).

It cannot completely halt the progression, however the aim is that by the time your child reaches adulthood their prescription will be significantly less than it would have been if their myopia was left untreated, reducing their risk of serious eye disease in later life.

For further information please visit or get in touch to speak to Gillian Bruce, our specialist in Myopia Control.

Perfect vision without lasers



EyeDream, vision correction without the need for lenses or glasses during the day. Coming soon to Cameron Optometry.

We are gearing up for the launch EyeDream, a vision correction therapy for short-sighted people that provides clear, comfortable vision without the need to wear contact lenses during the day.

EyeDream is ideal for low to medium short-sighted people who:

  • Want clear natural vision all day – every day
  • Have considered refractive surgery because of the freedom it provides, but are worried about the risks
  • Find soft contact lenses do not fulfill the comfort demands their lifestyle places on their eyes
  • Are involved in recreational and sports activities where periods without wearing contact lenses is ideal

So how is this possible?

EyeDream is a specially designed contact lens that gently and subtlety reshapes the cornea, at the front of the eye during overnight wear, a process called orthokeratology. Once the full effect has taken place, the new shape of eye neutralises your natural short-sightedness so you can see clearly during the day without glasses or contact lenses.

With EyeDream you will benefit from:

  • Freedom from contact lenses and glasses during the day
  • Very easy adaptation, only overnight lens wear required
  • A comfortable, semi-permanent alternative for the correction of short sightedness
  • A safe and reversible vision correction therapy without surgery

Our expertise

Our optometrists are experts in contact lens fitting, some of the most experienced in the country. We fit contact lenses for the most complex of prescriptions so you can rest assured that your vision is in safe hands.

For more information please arrange to speak to Claire Keith, our EyeDream specialist.

Cameron Optometry welcomes new screening specialist

We are delighted to welcome Andrea Salgado to the team at Cameron Optometry.

Before joining us, Andrea was an optometrist living and working in Madrid, specialising in contact lenses in particular Ortho-K lenses, which are worn overnight to correct short-sightedness. Andrea has been using theses lenses to successfully correct her myopia for over 10 years.

In her new role she is a member of the pre-screening department in the practice, performing a range of tests and scans to ensure the optometrists have a full picture of the patient’s eyes health. Using the most high tech equipment including the highly detailed Optos Daytona scanner, Andrea is the first port of call when patients arrive for an appointment.

Andrea is passionate about helping patients appreciate the value of looking after their eyes. On her appointment, she said, “In my opinion it is the leading practice in its field and it was exactly the kind of environment I was looking for in Spain. Cameron Optometry’s approach to eye health is the same as mine and the quality of care is exceptional. It is exciting to be part of such a practice.”

Managing director, Ian Cameron added, “We are delighted to welcome Andrea to the practice. Her role is essential in ensuring that we are able to develop a detailed picture of each patient’s eyes, which is essential for us in making any diagnoses. We are fortunate to have such a highly qualified individual in our pre-screening department, and her experience is hugely beneficial to our optometrists and patients alike.”


Sunglasses trends for 2015


We handpick our favourite sunglasses for 2015.

Sunglasses: the one accessory that you can justify for health reasons. Providing essential protection from the suns harmful rays, whilst adding style to any outfit. Now that’s worth an investment. But what to buy?

Mirrored, embellished, colourful, round, square, aviators, there are some big decisions to be made. Here are our favourites for this summer.


Ray-Ban steels the show yet again. The good news is they are never last season. The better news is there are always new twists on the classics if you want an upgrade. This season it’s all about the lens. The classic aviator is still firmly in vogue, however the lenses are getting brighter with the new range of Flash Lenses. From the subtle copper to the out there green, you’ll need a pair for every outfit! If you prefer the Wayfarer, the Cosmo range also allows you to add colour to your look.


Maui Jim offers a stylish alternative to Ray-Ban’s Aviator in the Pilot which suits most face shapes. Generally offering more adventurous styles than the classics from Ray-Ban, the Big Beach frame is a light-weight sporty frame, perfect for fun and games in the sand.


William Morris London is one of our most popular brands for prescription glasses and the sunglasses are also proving to be a hit. A classic British brand, the sunglasses range is small but perfectly formed. These Jackie-O inspired frames are sure to stand the test of time.


And for the epitome of designer glasses, Prada sunglasses are created to get you noticed. These tortoiseshell frames are on trend and provide excellent protection for the delicate skin around the eye area.

All our sunglasses are available in prescription and non-prescription lenses. And remember, all Vision+ members receive 25% off all glasses.

Reduce the risk of becoming short-sighted


Spending more time outside may help slow the progression of short-sightedness.

Although there is no conclusive evidence on how to prevent short-sightedness, numerous studies have indicated the following may well assist in preventing or slowing the progression of short-sightedness in both children and adults.

  • Increase the amount of time you spend outside each day. The brightness of natural light is thought to limit the rate of progression.
  • Take regular breaks from close work e.g. look away from your desk for a minute or so to change focus, or change tasks every 30-60 minutes to alter the focusing demands on your vision.
  • Try to limit additional close work (over and above school or work) to two hours per day. This includes reading, hand held computer games, drawing, homework and computer work.
  • There has been a role suggested for vitamin D in the control of myopia and although there is currently no significant evidence to support this, we would suggest that you may wish to take vitamin D supplements.

Thinner, lighter lenses for less


Thinner is usually considered preferable when it comes to lenses. We are offering an ‘index upgrade’ on all Nikon lenses until the end of October 2015.

The index is the density of the lens and the higher the number, the thinner and lighter the lenses for example, pay for 1.5 and get 1.6. It includes all types of lenses including varifocals. If you are looking to update your spectacles, come in and see us  before the end of October to benefit from this offer.

Ray-Ban giveaway

Sunglasses: the one accessory that you can justify for health reasons. Providing essential protection from the suns harmful rays, whilst adding style to any outfit. Cameron Optometry stocks a range of designer brands, from trusty Ray-Bans which are never last season, to William Morris London’s super stylish range and the über cool beach vibe of Maui Jim, to the classic range from fashion giants Guess. Decisions, decisions.


For your chance to win a pair of new-season Ray-Bans, just like the Cameron Optometry Facebook page. All existing likers will be entered into the prize draw automatically. The lucky winner will be able to select their new frames from the Ray-Ban range in Cameron Optometry’s Edinburgh New Town practice, receiving expert advice from one of their eye care specialists during their visit.

Terms and conditions

  • Prize must be collected in person from Cameron Optometry, 5 St Vincent Street, Edinburgh.
  • The closing date for entries (likes) is 6 August 2015. The winner will be selected at random on 7 August 2015. The winner will then be informed by 10 August 2015.
  • The winner must redeem their prize in person by 11 September 2015.
  • The winner is permitted to select any Ray-Ban sunglasses currently stocked by Cameron Optometry, Edinburgh.
  • Prize value will not exceed £180.
  • Entry is open to residents of the UK except employees (and their families) of Cameron Optometry.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, delayed or corrupted, or due to computer error in transit.
  • The prize is as stated, is not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.
  • The winner agrees to the use of their name relating to any post-winning publicity.
  • Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner via Facebook. If the winner cannot be contacted within 10 days, or are unable to comply with these terms and conditions, Cameron Optometry reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random.

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.


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.

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