Press Release

                   Nearsighted Patients Can Now Achieve Vision Correction Without the Need for Laser Surgery, Daytime Contact Lenses or Glasses

Dr. Michael Fenn is Providing Orthokeratology to Correct Nearsightedness and Slow its Progression in Children.

London, Ontario –March 24, 2015 – Dr. Michael Fenn has been providing his patients with nearsightedness, properly known as myopia, options to help correct their vision without the need for surgery, daytime contact lenses or glasses.  The revolutionary procedure known as orthokeratology uses a custom made specially designed contact lens a patient wears at night to mould the eye much like braces do for your teeth.  When removed in the morning the eye retains the shape of the mould providing clear vision all day.  As an added benefit, orthokeratology appears to significantly slow down the progression of myopia in children. 

“Many patients would love to free themselves of the burden of wearing glasses or contact lenses during the day”, says Dr. Michael Fenn, an optometrist in London Ontario.  “In many activities like swimming and other sports it is unsafe, not practical or there are issues with contact lenses either drying or falling out that make orthokeratology a viable option for vision correction.”  “Also, studies show that not only is it a safe way to correct someone’s vision, it also slows down myopia progression in children which is reaching epidemic levels in many industrialized countries including Canada.”

The London-based Optometrist is committed to improving his patient’s vision and quality of life by providing exceptional care with the latest technology and research in the field of orthokeratology and myopia control.  The process starts with a thorough eye exam which includes a painless, non-invasive procedure known as corneal topography in which Dr. Fenn takes a precise computerized measurement of the shape of the cornea (the outside covering of the eye).  This is used to create a retainer contact lens that is custom designed to reshape the cornea in precisely the right way to correct the vision problem.  The lens is worn nightly, removing it in the morning with the effect of clear vision lasting for the whole day or longer.  The patient is followed very closely by Dr. Fenn to ensure that optimal eye health and vision correction is achieved and maintained.

“In the past the only option for daytime freedom from contact lenses and glasses was laser surgery,” adds Dr. Fenn   “Some patients may be weary of surgery and are looking for an alternative that gives them vision correction but isn’t permanent and avoids some of the risks.”  “Patients who are not eligible for laser surgery because they are not yet 18 years old or their prescription has not stopped changing are also great candidates for the procedure. “  As an added bonus numerous studies have found that orthokeratology significantly decreases the progression of myopia in children.  “I now feel better when I have a young patient with progressive myopia that I can offer them and their concerned parents an option to help slow down this progression.”  “In the past all we could do is wait and hope that it would stop on its own.”  “This happens eventually but often not until a serious degradation in vision.”  “In addition, patients with higher levels of myopia have a greater risk of visually devastating diseases later on in life, many that can result in blindness that include glaucoma, early cataracts, retinal detachment and myopic macular degeneration.”

For more information, please visit orthoklondon.ca or Dr. Fenn at (519) 673-0210.

About Dr. Michael Fenn

Dr. Fenn has practiced optometry in London Ontario since he graduated from the University of Waterloo School Of Optometry and Vision Science in 1997.  He is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and the Orthokeratology and Myopia Control Academy of America.  He shares his enthusiasm and compassion for providing utmost patient care with his wife Dr. Nadia Mercante, a family physician in Hamilton Ontario.  Dr. Fenn carries this enthusiasm and compassion to many aspects of his life.  From mountain biking in which he participates in the yearly Paris to Ancaster bike race, to donating blood, in which he has donated over 75 times.  He has provided free eye care to many medically underserviced people in the South American Bolivian Andes mountain region with Remote Area Medical Volunteers Canada.  Both he and his wife were happy to welcome the birth of their son, Matthew, on August 7th 2014.