Isabella is 11. Unable to see the blackboard at school, Isabella's mum turned to her local optician in Kent who recommended she try EyeDream, ortho-k.
Isabella has never looked back.
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Ten-year-old Taunton resident, Jarno Ottavianelli, has been using Ortho-k to correct his vision since he was eight, and two years down the line is delighted with the results.
“I really like the fact that I don’t have to wear glasses any more – my friends all noticed. I couldn’t wear my glasses for sport and was really struggling with cricket and hockey as I couldn’t see the ball.
"For go-carting it was difficult too as I couldn’t wear glasses under the visor – now I can see perfectly,” said Jarno."
Zoe loves her EyeDream ortho-k lenses.
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Short-sighted since the age of seven, Alex, a 12-year-old sports enthusiast, was needing stronger and stronger glasses, until his optometrist decided a new approach was needed, in the form of Orthokeratology.
Alex is delighted as, without this, he believes his vision would have deteriorated further.
“It is great that I can now see really well and I am hoping that my sight will now stay the same. It is very easy to wear the lenses at night, leaving me free of glasses for football, tennis and all school things – reading and playing double bass and drums in a band.
I would advise any one to try it – not just to save wearing lenses during the day but also as a means of preserving your sight."
Laura Reece, an award-winning optometrist at BBR Optometry in Hereford, is using a system of vision correction called Ortho-k. By wearing bespoke-made contact lenses each night as she sleeps, Laura’s cornea is gently flattened to provide perfect vision for the day ahead.
“My uncorrected vision is -2.25 dioptres, with some astigmatism, so sufficient for me to be wearing glasses all the time, but with this overnight system I wake up to good vision: it is brilliant.”
Hastings sports coach, Louis Bradbury – well known for showing youngsters the first steps in competitive football – has a secret weapon to keeping his eye on the ball.
For Louis, 26, is using a novel overnight treatment to sleep off his short-sightedness, called Ortho-k, which leaves him free of glasses and contact lenses all day.
“Being out in the open air all day was quite a problem as the lenses tended to dry out. My optician Wilson Wilson and Hancock in Hastings suggested I tried Ortho-k, and I have never looked back: this overnight vision correction is brilliant. It has been a massive improvement for me."
Martin was forced to abandon daily contact lenses which he had worn for years due to problems with dry eyes and the resulting discomfort with the lenses.
He was concerned about the long-term effects of laser eye surgery, so Mr Faulks instead turned to Ortho-K.
“I am naturally very short-sighted, but with Ortho-k my vision is perfect during the day and my sight is good at night,” he said. “With glasses you lose some peripheral vision but with Ortho-k you just get total freedom.
“I think this should be the front line for vision correction – it is as easy as cleaning your teeth and leaves you with good vision all day.”
Exeter pharmacy technician Josh Rew is using a novel method of sight correction to help enjoy his love of sport again.
28-year-old Exeter pharmacy technician, Josh Rew doesn’t like wearing glasses and has problems with dry eyes when wearing contact lenses during the day.
Josh’s struggles with daily disposable contact lenses and having to restricting the time he wears them, started after he picked up an eye infection when swimming in Egypt two years ago.
"My optician knew I didn’t like wearing glasses and so suggested that I try Ortho-k.
I just pop the tailor-made lenses in at night after I have cleaned my teeth and take them out in the morning. It is brilliant for me to wake up with good vision and to be free all day, with good vision. I wouldn’t go back to wearing glasses and daily disposable lenses now.”
Dr Simon's Story
Dr Simon Vaughan, 50, who lives in New Longton, near Preston, spent years wearing glasses and contact lenses but then started encountering problems.
“I started wearing contact lenses around the age of 20 and they opened up a whole new world. But a year ago, my eyes were watering a lot, felt dry and were uncomfortable. It was frustrating, I often had to resort to wearing glasses which I didn’t really enjoy.
The married dad had always believed that surgery was the only way he would wake up to perfect vision – until his optician suggested a treatment called Ortho-k.
“The results have been amazing – I put these lenses in at night just as I go to bed and take them out when I get up."