Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) is the latest non surgical method to correct vision. CRT allows you to see clearly during the day without having to wear glasses or contact lenses. Specially designed rigid gas permeable lenses are fitted to your cornea and gently reshape the front surface of your eye while you sleep
CRT is a good safe alternative for those patients who are are not ready to have vision correction surgery. LASIK has been approved only for those over 18 years of age so CRT is ideal for younger patients who are active in sports and do not like wearing glasses or contacts during the day. CRT has also been shown to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children and teenagers. While not everyone is a candidate for CRT and not every prescription is treatable with this method, it can be a great safe option for those who are. For more information on Corneal Refractive Therapy, call our office to schedule a consultation.
Orthokeratology Q & A
What is Orthokeratology?
Orthokeratology is a treatment where the optometrists at Cooper Eye Care use therapeutic contact lenses to correct common vision problems. This approach can help address vision concerns such as:
LASIK surgery also corrects these vision challenges, but many men and women are unsure about having eye surgery or want to postpone their procedure until they address other health concerns. Orthokeratology offers a great alternative that doesn’t require any incisions or healing.
How Does Orthokeratology Work?
Many types of vision issues originate from cornea abnormalities. Your cornea is a clear structure that sits over your iris, which is the colored portion of your eye. It has a domed shape and bends light to direct it toward the rear portion of your eye, where the images are collected and transmitted to your brain.
If your cornea is not shaped properly you’ll have difficulty seeing items at certain distances. The traditional means of correcting corneal abnormalities is through corrective eye wear like glasses or contact lenses. LASIK surgery corrects cornea shape through a surgical procedure, using a laser to carefully remove a portion of your cornea. Orthokeratology takes a different approach, using special contact lenses to reshape your cornea while you sleep. Those corrections are only temporary because your cornea is not being surgically altered. To maintain vision improvements you’ll need to wear your therapeutic contact lenses as prescribed by your optometrist at Dr. Michele Levys Office.
How Long Does It Take To See Results with Orthokeratology?
Just as no two people share the exact same set of vision needs, your treatment path will also be unique. Some men and women report vision improvements after just a few days of wearing their therapeutic lenses. For others, significant vision changes take as long as four weeks.
You’ll return to Cooper Eye Care during the initial phase of treatment for professional evaluation of your vision changes. Your lenses may need to be adjusted to provide the best possible results. Your specialist advises you on how frequently you should wear your lenses, which will depend on the flexibility of your corneal tissue.
If you’d like to learn more about what orthokeratology can do for you, schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience. Call Dr. Michele Levys Office.