Myopia Control and Schoolvision

Myopia Control at Brock and Houlford

More and more people around the world are becoming myopic ( also known as short-sighted ). In response to this, many researchers have been trying to discover why this is happening and whether anything can be done to influence it.

As a result, we now know that we can employ a variety of strategies to slow down the progression of myopia:  The most popular and successful are specialist spectacle lenses and contact lenses. This means children need not end up with as much short sight as will otherwise occur. Not only is this useful day to day, it appears to increase the chance of healthy eyes in later life – it seems as though the risk of eye problems such as cataract, macular degeneration, glaucoma and retinal detachments are all increased by larger amounts of short sight.

Mark Houlford is one of very few Optometrists to gain a post-graduate qualification in this area. He has been interested by, and working in, this field for some years.

Brock and Houlford now offer you the opportunity to stop your child becoming as short-sighted as they will do  with ordinary spectacles or contact lenses. This enhanced service includes additional measurements of the vision which allow us to decide which solution is best for each individual. We invite you to join Eyeplan at £10.00 per month which covers all additional visits and gives you a discount on spectacles and contact lenses.

To book a Myopia Control assessment please contact

Brislington 0117 9777191 or

Chew Magna 01275 332882


Schoolvision at Brock and Houlford

Schoolvision can make a difference to a child’s ability read and learn. Schoolvision works by allowing the naturally dominant eye to lead while reading :  The dominant eye then stays in focus and aims accurately.

Mark Houlford was part of the first group of Optometrists to gain the Schoolvision qualification in 2009. Since then he has been helping children achieve their potential by employing the Schoolvision process. This uses specialist spectacles designed to establish or reinforce natural eye dominance and often incorporates support for the focussing and aiming muscles.

The first step in this process is a Schoolvision assessment which includes a series of measurements and assessments to evaluate eye dominance, focussing, aiming and eye co-operation. This results in a prescription for the specialist spectacle lenses which are designed to help reading and similar tasks such as working at a computer.

The additional appointments needed for the Schoolvision process can be covered at £19.00 per month. Eyeplan also gives a 40% discount on spectacles.

To book your Schoolvision assessment please use the same contact details as Myopia Control above.

33 High Street, Chew Magna, Bristol BS40 8PR

T: 01275 332882