Independant Opticians and Contact Lens Practitioners in Ashford, Kent

Address:

Cecil House, Norwood Street, Ashford, TN23 1QT

Jamie with her MiYOSMART diary

Jamie’s Myopia Management Journey

Myopia (Short-Sightedness) can be managed in a few different ways to reduce its progression as we age. When Jamie visited us recently she chose to explore the route of MiYoSMART Spectacle lenses.

Following some self-research done by Jamie's family, this young lady and her mum booked in to discuss Myopia Management in more detail with our Optometrists. Advised of the different options, Jamie chose to pursue the route of MiYOSMART Spectacle Lenses.

MiYOSMART is a unique and innovative solution for managing myopia developed based on cutting edge research by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Our Pre-Reg Dispensing Optican and MiYOSMART Specialist Sarah Sydnes had the pleasure of seeing Jamie to select the perfect frame for her new lenses. Selecting the correct frame is always necessary for spectacle wearers of any age, but when choosing a frame to accompany MiYOSMART lenses it becomes imperative that the fit and comfort of the frame are just right. Sarah was able to advise Jamie on the most suitable frames for her, selecting a frame from popular children's frame manufacturer Tomato Glasses UK. Jamie found the frame comfortable to wear and it offered lots of possibilities for adjustments to optimise the fit. Following mum's approval on the frame, Sarah took all the additional measurements required to ensure Jamie's spectacles would be perfect for her.

And so Jamie's new Myopia Management spectacles were sent off to be made.

A couple of weeks later Jamie was invited back to Brownbills to try her new spectacles for the very first time. At the collection appointment Jamie was excited to put them on and when she did, she was delighted with what she could see... So much so that she very kindly agreed with Sarah that she'd complete a little diary of how she got on in her first few days wearing them. Here's a brief excerpt of Jamie's first week of wear.

Jamie's Diary of MiYOSMART wear
Jamie very kindly agreed to complete a little diary of how she got on in her first few days wearing them

Day 1: All clear from all parts of the room.
Day 2: All clear from back. No headaches, tired, no pushing up.
Day 3: All clear, no headaches, little tired. no pushing up reminded 3x
Day 4: Clear all around school
Day 5: I tried the band! It worked better. Though i had to loosen or tighten it.
Day 6: I tied the band after mum dad fixed it.
Day 7: Watch screen clear but blur after a few hours.

Despite some adaptation, which is common with any new prescription lens, it looks like Jamie had a very successful first week of wear!

At Jamie's 2 week follow-up appointment, Jamie reported that all of the adaptation issues had gone and she was now really enjoying wearing her new spectacles (as well as all the fabulous comments she was getting about them at school!). Sarah was able to address the one concern that did remain with the spectacles slipping by making a few minor adjustments to the fit of the frame.

It is the hope that wearing these spectacles will now help to reduce the progression of Jamie's myopia as she grows.

We look forward to seeing her again in 6 months time to see how she's getting on!

Jamie with her MiYOSMART diary

For more information on MiYOSMART lenses, take a look at this page, or speak with one of our qualified Myopia Management Specialists.

Make Space for Silhouette

Not many of us have got away on our holidays in recent times, especially those of us who love a trip abroad to find a sun-kissed beach or a adventure of discovery. But this hasn't stopped space exploration. In fact, whilst we've been locked-down, one of Silhouette's lightweight spectacle frames travelling to space a total of 37 times!

The Titan Minimal Art collection, which has been the eyewear of choice on space missions for the past 20 years has now clocked up an incredible total of 11,243 hours in space. It's lightweight, rimless frame composition leaves you (and astronauts) free to feel completely unburdened by your eyewear.

The range, which is available for you to try on at Brownbills, features a screwless design created from a single piece of high-tech titanium. This cutting-edge, space-certified technology guarantees safety for astronauts, unlike traditional eyeglasses which have screws and parts that pose the risk of becoming loose while in space.

To celebrate such an amazing collaboration between Silhouette and space exploration, they have partnered with World Space Week which happens from 4th-10th October annually.

Former Astronaut, Jim Wetherbee, has spent hours with Silhouette's eyewear up in space and has experienced the advantages first hand. As part of World Space Week, Jim shared his experiences of his time as an astronaut.  You can hear what he had to say in the video below:

 

Spectacle Anto-Fog

How to stop your glasses fogging up with a face mask?

We're all having to wear facemasks when we're out and about now. Whether it's visiting the supermarket, working on the frontline or even (when restrictions allow us to) meeting up with our loved ones - the fact is that face masks have certainly become a part of our daily lives. But they're not exactly the perfect companion to your spectacles! Every day our patients ask me the same question: "How do you stop your glasses fogging up with a mask?"

The reason our lenses fog up is simply due to a change in temperature. As you breathe your mask forces your warm breath upwards towards your spectacles. If your lenses are colder than the temperature of your breath, the lens will most likely fog up. The fog effect is often also enhanced by warm room temperature.

Our staff have been wearing facemasks throughout the pandemic and so we thought we'd share our top-tips on how to keep your spectacles fog-free in 2021.

1. Make sure that your mask is fitting correctly.

It's really important that your mask is fitted correctly. Masks that have a metal bar across the top are best for this as you can mould the bar around your nose minimizing the gap where your warm breath can escape. Having a good fitting mask will also help reduce your risk of infection.

2. Keep your spectacles clean

It seems obvious but often people don't clean their lenses as often as they should. A good spectacle cleaning spray and fresh cleaning cloth applied daily will help to not only keep the fog away, it will also make the most of those fabulous lenses your wearing!

3. Nano-Magic Anti-Fog Drops

These have honestly been the saving-grace for those of us wearing masks in practice and our patients love them too! It's essentially a drop (of magic) that you put onto your lenses each day and it prevents your spectacles fogging up. We love it so much we've started selling it! Each bottle costs £15.95 but lasts for approximately 300 treatments - which works out as about 5p per day for fog-free lenses. You can watch a video about it here...