Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) is the newest advancement in refractive therapy, orthokeratology, options.
Corneal Refractive Therapy is a non-surgical process clinically developed to reshape the cornea while you sleep. The result is the temporary correction of myopia with or without moderate astigmatism. CRT allows you to see clearly during the day without glasses or contact lenses. Specially designed therapeutic lenses gently reshape the front surface of your eye while you sleep.
Imagine great vision all day without contacts, glasses or surgery. No more problems from dust, allergies, or dryness.
Studies have shown that orthokeratology has the ability to slow the progression of nearsightedness (myopia) in children and teenagers! No longer do parents have to sit idly by and watch their children’s myopia progress year after year.
Previously, if you were nearsighted and wanted to see clearly during the day, your options were glasses, contacts, or laser surgery. CRT offers a new non-surgical solution. No more worries about broken frames or torn contact lenses.
Additionally, while LASIK has been approved only for those over 18 years of age, CRT is ideal for our younger patients who are active in sports and do not like the hassle of glasses or contacts. The FDA placed no age restrictions on candidates for Corneal Refractive Therapy with Paragon CRT. CRT is being successfully performed on children 12 years old & younger. CRT is a great option for children and teens that are active in sports activities or any other extracurricular activities.
About the Procedure:
On the first day of your procedure you should arrive at the office as rested and relaxed as possible. Don’t wear make-up for your initial fitting. It may interfere with the cleanliness of the procedure. Expect this visit to last approximately one hour. The new contact lenses will be placed on your eyes. You will have an adaptation period of 10 to 20 minutes. During this time, you will feel a slight awareness of the lens on the lid. You will be instructed in the proper method of lens insertion and removal and the hygiene associated with the lenses. You will be given the proper solutions and instructions necessary to handle this at home.
We will train you until you have demonstrated proficiency with insertion, removal, and centering of your lenses. We will then discuss your lens-wearing schedule with you. To ensure the best possible results, it is essential that the wearing schedule be followed closely.
During overnight wear, the eyelid covers the lens. This results in very little lens movement. You likely will have very little feeling of the lenses the first night. The lenses are highly oxygen-permeable, so the cornea will not be deprived of oxygen even when the lenses are worn while sleeping. After the initial session of contact fitting, you will be scheduled for an appointment one to two days later. This is a very important visit since the cornea and resulting vision are rapidly improving at this stage.
A follow-up exam will include an exam while wearing the lens, which includes an evaluation of the lens fit and visual acuity, and an exam with the lens removed. This includes measuring unaided visual acuity and corneal curvature measurements utilizing corneal topography to analyze lens centration and the effectiveness of treatment. The objective and subjective refraction determines your new vision correction, and biomicroscopy evaluates the health of the eye. Based upon the findings of the exam, contact lens modifications may be necessary.
Follow-up appointments are usually scheduled for two-weeks, one-month, and six-months, but can vary depending on your unique requirements. When it is determined that your maximum desired results have been achieved, a retainer lens program will be arranged. Retainer lens exams will be performed every year. Retainer lens wearing will range from every night to wearing the lenses only one night per week.
For more information on Corneal Refractive Therapy, call today to schedule your FREE CRT consultation or visit www.crtvision.com.