27.05.2011

Overnight lenses help to correct boys" vision

Overnight lenses help to correct boys" vision

By Alexa Kaczka

Wearing overnight contact lenses has helped to restore the vision of two boys in the UK, their mother has revealed.

Nicky Osborne, 49, told Gulf News that her twin sons Alex and Dan Osborne, 13, from Horsley, Gloucestershire, both suffered from myopia, which is the result of a discrepancy between the length of the eye and its focusing power.

However, their short-sightedness was cured through the use of orthokeratology (OK) contact lenses, revealed Mrs Osborne, whose husband Mark, 53, has also worn glasses since his 20s to correct his short-sightedness.

"Alex's sight had become so poor that he was unable to see a cricket ball coming towards him," Mrs Osborne revealed, but said the OK lenses have helped him and his brother to enjoy sport again.

It comes after a report by Professor Helen Swarbrick, who heads the UNSW Research in Orthokeratology Group, suggested that OK contact lenses have a great success rate by gently reshaping the front surface of the eye while children wear them during the night.

by Adrian Galbreth


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