Is your child’s nearsightedness increasing from year to year? Are they constantly misplacing or breaking their glasses? Perhaps, they feel hindered by corrective eyewear during their favorite sports or hobbies. Dr. Evelyn Dearing fell into all three of these categories as a child and was one of the first patients to undergo new technology called corneal refractive therapy (CRT) in the early 2000’s. The complications from CRT are minimal and the process is reversible. It involves the use of specialized contact lenses that temporarily reshape the clear layer on the front of the eye called the cornea while sleeping. CRT lenses allow you to see clearly without the need for glasses or contact lenses during waking hours.
Myopia or nearsightedness is the ability to see clearly up close but not far away. Nearsightedness is caused by genetics, culture and environment. Today, our children are constantly using handheld electronics and using their eyes to focus up close. Studies have linked the extended use of our eyes for near work to increased nearsightedness. Furthermore, our children are pushed to excel academically and encouraged to attend college to gain the necessary tools to be successful in life. This preparation requires extensive studying adding even more strain on the near visual system.
Orthokeratology can slow the progression of nearsightedness. Studies have shown that ortho-k lens have reduced the progression of this condition by 40-65%. It is important to understand what nearsightedness can mean for your child. As children become more myopic they are at risk for developing other eye conditions later in life such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal disease.
Surprisingly, CRT is not just for children at risk for developing myopia. Adults who suffer from contact lens discomfort or are hesitant about refractive surgery, such as LASIK, are perfect for this life-changing technology. Call or stop by our office today to learn more about orthokeratology with Dr. Dearing and begin your journey to clearer vision.
If you are in need of eyecare, please see Dr. Evelyn Dearing or Dr. J. A. Parker at EnVision Eye Care. Call (912) 927-0707.
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