Corneal Reshaping Therapy (CRT) or orthokeratology is a breakthrough FDA-approved therapy to correct your vision so that you do not need your glasses or contacts to see during the day! These lenses are worn overnight and they gently reshape your eyes to correct your vision. In the morning, upon removal of the lenses, patients have clarity of vision all day long…all without the need for daytime contact lenses, surgery, or glasses. This FDA-approved therapy has also shown promise to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children. For this reason, Dr. Bhakta treats many young patients with nearsightedness to prevent the worsening of their vision.
Those who are nearsighted suffer from blurriness caused by light focus in the front of the retina. The CRT lenses are able to safely reshape the cornea, flattening it so light focuses on the retina and the blurriness diminishes.
Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for CRT lenses. Only those individuals who have low to moderate nearsightedness (with or without astigmatism) can benefit from CRT treatment at this time. The best candidates for Orthokeratology are children between the ages of eight and 12 who have progressive Myopia. If early stages of nearsightedness are caught soon enough, Ortho-k can sometimes help with restoring vision in children, because the custom lenses “mold” the eyes overnight to hinder or encourage the growth of cells. Ortho-k also works well with adolescents and young adults with mild or moderate Myopia, or for adults under the age of 40 who aren’t interested in LASIK or other eye corrective surgery. If you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome or have severe Myopia, Ortho-k is not recommended.
Corneal Refractive Therapy is a non-surgical treatment that uses special contact lenses to reshape the cornea of the eye while you sleep, without altering the physiology of the eye.
Myopia is a growing epidemic in the United States and the entire world. Orthokeratology is a treatment used for myopia control to reduce the progression of myopia. Currently, 30% of people in the world are myopic. By the year 2050, 50% of people in the world will be myopic.