• Contact Lenses

  • Types of contact Lenses

    Our Optometrist  have  experience fitting the widest range of contact lenses available, onto the most complicated eyes imaginable  and  they specialize  in finding solutions to contact lens problems where others have failed. There is a solution for almost anybody, with no restriction of severity of astigmatism or the like. So if you have been told you are not a candidate for contact lenses, come to Milton’s Eyecare for a second opinion!

    We provide   a professional contact lens service, including corneal mapping using the most advanced corneal topographical software on the market, and most importantly, contact lens practitioners who are willing to give time and consideration to all your contact lens needs, who have no retail agreements with any particular suppliers but uses all the available options on the market, including custom designed soft, rigid gas permeable and scleral lenses.

    Our contact lens practitioners are happy to find solutions for those "middle-aged" who are finding reading a challenge with their contact lenses.  We will always endeavour to explore new alternative options.

    Ortho-K and myopia (short sight) control

    What is Ortho-K?

    Ortho-Keratology, or Ortho-K, is a technique using custom-designed contact lenses which work by  flattening  the central cornea during overnight wear by causing cells to migrate outwards during the night. These lenses are manufactured based on the  minutest of  details of the corneal shape gathered by our state-of-the-art corneal topographer, using the most advanced software available on the market. After the first few night's wear, the effect lasts throughout the day, providing clear vision during the day.

    Is it safe?

    In general, wearing lenses overnight is not advised as the incidence of eye infections is far greater. However, with Ortho-K you remove the lenses in the morning, allowing your eyes to make a full recovery during the waking hours. Hence the risk of eye infection is minimal, and the eyes often look healthier than if you had been wearing contacts all day.

    Are the effects lasting?

    If you cease to wear your lenses, your cornea quickly returns to its natural shape, meaning the effect is fully reversible
    (unlike laser surgery). 

    Ortho-K and Myopia Control

    All around the world, vision scientists are trying to find solutions to slow progression of short sight (myopia). There is very compelling evidence that Ortho-K not only reshapes the cornea, but has the effect of slowing the growth of the eye by 50% or more! It is one of the most exciting developments in myopia control in recent history. It means that if you wear Ortho-K lenses for 5 years and then stop wearing them, your eyes would be far less myopic than if you had persisted with spectacles. There is some evidence that some types of soft multifocal contact lenses can also slow myopic progression, but the evidence is less compelling.

    Keratoconus

    Keratoconus is a relatively common condition, where as a result of weakness in the cornea (the main focusing lens at the front of the eye), the cornea bulges outwards. This gives rise to distortions in vision which often cannot be satisfactorily eliminated with traditional spectacle solutions (spherical or cylindrical lenses). Contact lenses provide far better visual acuity in the majority of cases.

    Keratoconus can present in many different variations, and there are multiple designs of Contact Lenses in order to cater for the full range of presentations. These start from custom soft contact lenses for mild cases, to rigid lenses of varying diameters, including large scleral lenses.

    Our optometrists will endeavour to find the best solution, from the perspective of vision, comfort and eye health unique to each patient. They will draw upon  years  of experience fitting  keratoconic patients with customised contact lenses , and with the assistance of state-of-the-art corneal mapping technology.

    Most High Street optometrists may see a couple of keratoconus patients a year, while here at Milton’s we have specialized in this condition and we see  patients with keratoconus virtually every  day.