Opticians invest thousands of pounds in new technology for children

AN OPTICIAN has invested thousands of pounds in technology to fight the rise of short-sightedness in children.

Monday, 22nd May 2017, 7:31 am
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:27 pm
Optician Richard Candlin demonstrating Anne Gill Eyecares new technology

To mark its fourth anniversary, Anne Gill Eyecare in North End bought new, specialist optometry equipment.

Called a Topographer, the equipment can be used to treat dry eye, re-shape the eye so contact lenses don’t have to be worn during the day, and control short-sightedness in children.

Anne Gill said: ‘One of my most exciting ambitions for the business has been realised. Topographers are an advanced and helpful development in optometry and I couldn’t be more proud to be bringing it to my customers.’

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Anne has run her opticians since January 2013 and has invested £8,500 in the new technology.

The Topographer can analyse how tears break up and identify areas of dry eye, a major source of irritation and blurred vision.

But Anne is most excited about tackling the issue of short-sightedness in children.

She added: ‘In today’s world, a lot of children are staying indoors more.

‘This means they’re not enjoying the benefits sunlight brings to the development of their eyes, which leads to an increase in short-sightedness.

‘We can use the Topographer to take necessary measurements and produce a contour plot of the eye’s surface.

‘This enables us to provide overnight contact lenses that will greatly reduce the progression of short sightedness. The treatment is hugely popular in the far east where the population is typically short-sighted, and I am delighted to be in a position to bring the technology to Portsmouth.’