By Michael Hutton 

Contact lenses for children  which not only correct short-sightedness - otherwise known as ‘myopia ‘ - but also prevent it from getting worse are a new solution to the rapid growth of vision defects amongst the under 21s. Latest data suggests that myopia rates are doubling, with more children being affected and at an earlier age thus meaning that they enter adulthood with more severe short-sightedness. Research suggests that spending much less time outdoors in far brighter natural light with the requirement for focusing on distant objects is a key factor. Combined with spending too much time staring at smartphone, computer and TV screens indoors with low level light and almost wholly focusing on near objects, it is unsurprising that the myopia problem has worsened so significantly.

Ensuring children have their eyesight checked regularly and selecting the correct treatment option if any vision problem is diagnosed is particularly important as parents work through their back-to-school task lists. Children with undetected myopia are more likely to struggle academically given their inability to see well in the classroom and their personal development can be adversely affected by underperformance due to vision problems both in terms of schoolwork and also in school sports. This is where the new ortho-k corrective contact lenses for children  can become a hugely important new treatment for short-sight not only in correcting the child's vision but also in stopping it get any worse.

The ortho-k lenses are only worn overnight while sleeping so they are inserted under parental supervision and then removed the following morning also under parental supervision. Once removed, the child enjoys perfect natural vision all day long until the lenses are reinserted at night. This ‘miracle' effect occurs through these unique contact lenses for children  gently flattening the surface of the eyes during sleep using the mild pressure of closed eyelids. The effect lasts for over 24 hours so it means the child can see perfectly in the classroom, playground and on the sports field. More importantly, research has shown that these special lenses stop the adolescent eye from lengthening any further so the child's myopia does not get worse. Ordinary contact lenses and glasses cannot match this.

Check if your child is suitable for overnight ortho-k corrective contact lenses  for children.

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