Corneal Reshaping Therapy (CRT) or orthokeratology is a breakthrough FDA-approved therapy that our Lake Worth optometrists can prescribe 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 myopia therapy has shown promise to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children. For this reason, our Lake Worth optometrists treat many young patients with nearsightedness to prevent the worsening of their vision.
Those who are nearsighted suffer from blurriness caused by light being focused in the front of the retina rather than on the retina. Our expert Lake Worth optometrists will measure the eyes to properly fit CRT or ortho-k lenses on patients with myopia. The CRT lenses are able to safely reshape the cornea, flattening it so light focuses on the retina and the blurriness diminishes.
Not everyone is a candidate for CRT lenses. Our expert eye doctors will determine if you are a good candidate after a myopia-focused examination. 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. Our knowledgeable Lake Worth eye doctors have been specially trained to fit ortho-k lenses on children who have progressive myopia. If early stages of nearsightedness are caught soon enough, Ortho-k can temporarily correct vision in children, because the custom lenses “mold” the eyes overnight to encourage gentle reshaping of the cornea. Schedule an appointment with our trained Lake Worth optometrists to see if your child is a candidate for this treatment. 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 always recommended. Patients with Dry Eye Syndrome will benefit from scleral lenses.
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.