What Is Corneal Reshaping Therapy and Why Have I Never Heard Of It Before?

Corneal Reshaping Therapy has been used for decades to reshape the cornea without lasers or invasive surgical techniques. Safe and effective, CRT uses custom-made hard contact lenses to gradually reshape the cornea, reducing dependence on corrective eyewear. It has also been an effective tool in slowing and stopping the progression of myopia and other vision conditions. It’s especially effective for children,as they are in the stages of vison change and possible
progression of their prescriptions. While this treatment is not new, many eye care patients don’t know about it. Keep reading to learn more about Corneal Reshaping Therapy.

How Does Corneal Reshaping Therapy Work?

Corneal Reshaping Therapy employs the use of reverse geometry, gas-permeable lenses to gradually flatten the cornea near the front surface of the eye, and steepen the mid-periphery of the cornea to provide clear foveal vision. Together, this causes a myopic shift in peripheral retinal defocus. In other words, by changing the way light focuses in the eye, these lenses slow the progression of myopia and reduce nearsightedness. Unlike traditional corrective contact lenses, these therapeutic lenses are worn at night to offer a non-invasive alternative to refractive surgery. First employed in the 1960s, there have been a number of recent advances in corneal reshaping technology, including FDA-approved lens materials that are safe for overnight wear.. Patients report observable changes within minutes of use, and with the effects stabilizing after about a week of use, patients are able to see clearly during the day without wearing corrective lenses.

Is Corneal Reshaping Therapy Safe?

Corneal Reshaping Therapy has been extensively studied, and proven to be a safe treatment option for children and adults as a non-invasive alternative to LASIK surgery. Risk of infection is no different than traditional contact lenses, and patients need to be mindful of lens cleaning and proper hygiene. Regular follow-up appointments during treatment are recommended to ensure there are no undesired side effects.

Is Corneal Reshaping Therapy Right For Me or My Child?

For children who are dealing with myopia and nearsightedness, Corneal Reshaping Therapy is an effective treatment that can reduce and eliminate the need for corrective lenses. A non-invasive alternative to surgery with rapidly observable and reliable results, Corneal Reshaping Therapy is preferred by many patients and parents of children struggling with vision issues. The best way to determine if Corneal Reshaping Therapy is right for you is by making an appointment with your optometrist to discuss it as an option.

Schedule a Visit with Complete Eye Care of Medina

At Complete Eye Care of Medina, we take a personal approach to your eye health. If you’re interested in learning about the benefits of Corneal Reshaping Therapy or other treatment options, our doctors are standing by to answer your questions as well as address any potential concerns you may have. During a visit to our clinic, we will evaluate the health of your eyes and your current vision through a comprehensive eye exam, offering guidance, treatments, and solutions that work for you. Contact us today to schedule your visit.