IF MORE PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT ORTHO-K / OVC : LASER CLINICS WOULD BE OUT OF BUSINESS

Through the eyes of a child

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Try a little experiment - press your eyelid lightly and you'll notice you'll have distorted your vision!

THIS IS THE BASIC SCIENCE BEHIND ORTHOKERATOLOGY!

The Chinese discovered this science over 2000 years ago BC – they slept with tiny silk filled pouches filled with sand on their eyelids – and woke up less Short Sighted!

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OVC - A patient's perspective

The following are the unsolicited comments of a patient who discovered us on the Web and, although resident in Edinburgh, came all the way to Birmingham to consult us.

The writer is Professor Morag Prowse, Ph.D. MSc. BSc. Bed. DipN. RN.

Dean, Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University  

Bearing in mind Professor Prowse’s experience & qualifications we feel her comments merit reading!

"My OVC Story!"

In 2011 I set out on a quest for an alternative to soft contact lenses after being told by a range of opticians I could now only consider glasses to correct my vision.  I had worn contact lenses for thirty years but had developed dry eyes in my middle fifties. Wearing glasses meant a real reduction in quality of life for me  - from the endless search for reading versus distance and any fitness activities - downward facing dog in glasses a real challenge  - as is par ascending and jogging!. My quest was a successful one and I have had brilliant results from OVC.

When I knew very little about OVC I would have welcomed a guide about the right questions to ask. I have compiled this patient perspective guide after my experiences and hope it may be helpful for others. The views here represent my personal opinions.

 

These are the questions that were important to me in exploring OVC.

 

How can I find out more about OVC?

If you have the internet it is all there in a quick google search but then you have to sift through information from manufacturers, suppliers and practitioners. A good web site has all the information as links and is well signposted. Ask someone who has had it – in my case no one had!

 

How does OVC differ from laser correction?

One is reversible (OVC) and non invasive and the other is permanent and invasive. Dry eyes and laser surgery are not compatible as surgery makes this worse.

Is this a permanent change to vision and who is it suitable for?

See above and good practitioner web sites indicate the range of ages and visual corrections where OVC works well but it helps if you understand the numbers and can relate these to your own prescription.

 

Where are the sources of information about OVC coming from – can you trust them or is there a commercial bias?

Information comes mainly from major manufacturers and practitioner web sites and these vary from a clear commercial bias (only one product promoted) to a consideration of principles of OVC with some references to products. OVC widely used in USA so many web sites reflect this.

Why is the information about OVC not more readily available from high street opticians?

High street opticians work to mass markets in profit and loss terms and if 85-90% of people needing vision correction can wear soft lenses then this is the market focus. If you are in the lower percentage of people with more complex needs the high street is not likely to meet these needs. Opticians are business orientated to mass markets and the cynical could argue that if OVC was known about and considered by more people it would reduce market demand for high street products. OVC and GP lenses need particular expertise and few high street opticians offer this service.

What kind of practitioner should you see to consider if OVC is suitable for you – how can I judge one practitioner from another in terms of quality and experience?

 A really good one that has done it for years! If you are having an intervention in health care, be it optical or any other kind ask the following: is this person qualified to accepted professional standards and is the profession regulated. Optometrists are. Is he or she experienced and how many cases do they see like mine each year? What do their patients say about the service they offer? What are their premises like and is the equipment up to date? What is the customer service like before and after initial sign up? Can you get there easily and are costs and risks benefits explained clearly in a friendly and non pressured environment? Do they have time for you?

 

What are the long term implications of OVC in terms of eye health and costs?

Costs are comparable to other daily soft lenses and risks similar to all other lenses in terms of using correctly and following good hygiene and handling guidance.

Is there a good ‘evidence base’ of independent data about OVC in terms of effectiveness and risks benefits – if there is, how can you access it?

Yes there is a good evidence base and good practitioners will have links to this. Many large scale studies have been conducted about OVC in children for example with a number ongoing.

What is involved in an assessment, fitting and then follow up?

Your practitioner will explain all but it is very straightforward and the excitement of not wearing glasses is amazing!

Will I be able to do this?

On my first visit I asked this – the answer was ‘how motivated are you’ …..and if you are motivated you can wear OVC.

 

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