How Do Nocturnal™ Contact Lenses for Children Work?

If your child is shortsighted, you may be worried about how much more their eyesight will deteriorate by the time they reach adulthood. Or perhaps your child just doesn’t enjoy wearing glasses and you’re looking for an alternative. We are pleased to be able to offer a solution that will slow down the progression of their short-sightedness and free them from wearing glasses or contact lenses in the daytime – Nocturnal™ contact lenses, a leading brand of Ortho K lenses.

What Is Ortho K and How Does It Work?

Ortho K, or orthokeratology, refers to the process of gently reshaping the surface of the cornea to correct short sightedness, using special overnight contact lenses.

Ortho K vision correction is suitable for children as young as 8. These contact lenses are worn overnight, so you can supervise your child putting them in before they go to sleep and taking them out the following morning. Once they have removed them, they will enjoy clear vision all day without having to wear glasses or contact lenses – meaning no more instances of broken glasses after playing sports or irritated eyes after a day of wearing contact lenses.


The effects of Ortho K are temporary, so the lenses must be worn every night in order to benefit from continued vision correction. This also means that the process is completely reversible. So, if you decide Ortho K lenses aren’t right for your child anymore, once they stop wearing them their vision will gradually revert to what it was previously without any side effects.

These contact lenses are also proven to slow the progression of short-sightedness in children. This has long-term benefits for your child, as the more severe their short-sightedness becomes, the more likely they are to develop other serious eye conditions in adulthood, such as glaucoma, retinal detachment or myopic macular degeneration.

How Are Nocturnal™ Contact Lenses Fitted?


First, we’ll check your child’s vision is suitable for Ortho K vision correction. Next, we’ll take measurements of the cornea using a corneal topographer in order to customise the lens fit to their eyes. Once the contact lenses have been made, you’ll come back for a second appointment so we can fit them and also teach your child how to insert, remove and store them.

They will take the lenses home to wear overnight and come back the following morning so we can check the level of vision correction and also ask for feedback on how your child got on with the lenses. If we are happy with the progress and your child’s experience of wearing them, they will then be able to take the lenses away to use for a few days, after which we’ll check their eyes again to ensure their vision has been fully corrected. Following this, we’ll arrange regular after care check-ups as we would for any contact lens wearer.

Rest assured that at every step of the way, we’ll ensure that your child is comfortable and that their vision remains healthy. To find out more or to book a consultation, get in touch with Jarvis Optometrist in Dundee today.