Mr Andrew D PriceAndrew D. Price

ADP EyeCare
 

Contact: patients@adp-eyecare.co.uk

 

Mrs Vanessa Uden Vanessa Uden

Dispensing Optician and Contact Lens Optician

Contact: vanessa@strictlylocum.co.uk

Mrs Elizabeth RalphMrs Elizabeth Ralph

Professional Services Consultant
Contact Lens Specialist

Contact: beth.ralph19@icloud.com

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LATEST NEWS! This column will carry the latest news for ADP-EyeCare patients and/or prospective patients. 

15/02/2021: How the Human Eye Works added to site under 'Also Interesting'

23/01/2021: Ortho-K article and video on being spectacle and contact lens free during the day published here

19/01/2021: Vanessa Uden is now welcoming referrals and self-referrals to her shortly commencing contact lens clinics in West Byfleet, Camberley and Godalming. See her 'Portfolio' under the 'ADP-EyeCare' sub-menu amd her optional 'CL Referral Form' under 'Contact Lens Clinic'

12/01/2021: Further questions added to both Contact Lens and Dry Eye FAQs. Find under Dry Eye and Contact Lens Clinic menu headings. 

21/12/2020: Beth Ralph, Vanessa Uden and Andrew Price wish everyone a merry and safe Christmas and a happy New Year! ADP EyeCare is available for non-urgent patient communication by email, phone or Webcam every day of the year (phone or webcam by prior arrangement). If, having looked around this website, you think we can help you in relation to dry eye and/or contact lens wear email patients@adp-eyecare.co.uk

08/12/2020: Read Hand Hygiene - a Science Behind it!

07/12/2020: The ADP Consultancy/ADP-Eye-Care hope to have trials under way in 2021 looking at an in-practice treatment and/or home therapy for contact lens discomfort and/or dry eye. For further information go to Clinical trials - Can You Help?

01/12/2020: In-practice treatments for dry eye/blepharitis are outlined here.

01/12/2020:  Mrs Vanessa Uden has now her Portfolio and Contact Lens Referral Form published. 

29/08/2020: Dry Eye Clinics commence in Leyland in September.

30/07/2020: The world unique InflammaDry test to detect and measure inflammation in dry eye and contact lens discomfort patients avalable from Beth Ralph and Andrew D Price

 

 

 

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Myopia Management/Control

Is your child suitable for Myopia (Progression) Management?

Children playingMyopia or short-sightedness causes blurred distance vision. It normally begins in childhood, being more common in children who have a myopic parent, although sometimes there is no family history.

Myopia is increasing worldwide with some calling this a ‘myopia pandemic’. In East Asia some 90% of children are now myopic. Prevalence in the USA and Europe has now reached around 45%. In the UK myopia prevalance has doubled in 50 years and is still rising!

This is a worrying public health issue, as short sight is connected with a number of more serious eye problems in later life such as retinal detachment, cataract, glaucoma & myopic macular degeneration. With every increase in myopia, the risk of developing these conditions increases. The earlier it starts to progress in childhood the higher the adult prescription will be and the higher the risk of vision complications. 

What can I do for my children?

eye: Myopia explainedParental history, ethnicity, environment (living indoors in cities) and spending longer each day on near tasks have all been linked to the onset and progression of myopia.
Firstly there is one thing that all parents can do straight away to help their child – get them to spend more time outdoors! Studies have shown that increasing outdoor time slows myopia progression, research continues as to why, and whether the quality of the light the child is exposed to is important. A good time to aim for is 2 hours per day outdoors.
As part of a Myopia Management Programme contact lenses can be considered, specialist rigid overnight contact lenses are sometimes prescribed, as yet we do not prescribe these.
Daily wear of specific design multifocal soft contact lenses have also been shown to reduce the rate of myopia progression. Ensuring that children wear and are happy with their contact lens is of critical importance to the therapy’s effectiveness.
Some clinical trials with multifocal spectacle lenses also showed less mean progression of myopia than single vision lenses and specialist specatcle lenses may be available in the UK soon. However contact lenses seem to be a little more effective.
Pharmacological therapy, using eye drops to affect the focussing. This treatment is not currently available in the UK as drug safety trials are still underway.

How should I consider things?

Research labs around the world, multiple clinical trials and thousands of patients willing to participate are piecing together the story of why myopia develops and thus how it and the eye might be controlled. The work continues, it has now reached a stage where the results cannot be ignored. The evidence is not yet 100% conclusive, however it does seem to be pointing in the same direction.
Before entering into a process that may be time consuming, where outcomes cannot be guaranteed, please ensure you have made due diligence to investigate the principles of myopia control. ADP-EyeCare practitioners will want you and your child to be fully comfortable with the journey that will be undertaken together.
Please research the web to gather information yourself, here are some websites you can start with:
www.myopiaprevention.org
https://mymyopia.com/for-parents/                                                                                                                                                                                     https://www.mykidsvision.org/en-us 

What happens next?

After your child’s normal General Eye Exam/’Sight-Test’, if it is appropriate for your child, carry out your own research and consideration of possible Myopia Management.
Then discuss with ADP-EyeCare practitioners the next steps, this will start with a special eye exam where drops are used to measure the relaxed state of the eye. Following on from this you can consider special spectacle lenses or soft contact lenses.  

How does the programme work?

ADP-EyeCare practitioners may well want you to enroll your child in an Myopia Management Programme  where all the contact lens care and products needed are provided for a monthly fee. It is vital all eye care is provided by a single practice, where the clinicians involved can communicate easily with one another, each having easy access to each others exam and test results.  

What are the charges?

The Myopia Management Programme is not funded by the NHS. It involves a great deal of time with professional staff and may require changes of lenses – this is included in the programme fees. More detailed programme charges can be given on request.

What do I do next?

If you would like to contact us for non-urgent eye care discussions related to dry eyes or contact lenses you can  by email:

  • Andrew D Price (Leyland or Southport or general enquiries) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • Elizabeth Ralph (East Midlands and South Yorkshire) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Vanessa Uden (Surrey, Hants, Berks) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Samuel T Phillips (North-East England) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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