If you have nearsightedness, you may already be wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses for a long time. And while that is certainly a very effective and common way to address being nearsighted, what if you’re tired of the hassle of having to carry around and wear corrective lenses all the time? Well, there is laser eye surgery as an option. But not everyone is a good candidate for that kind of procedure, due to a variety of reasons including not meeting the age requirement of being 18 or older or simply because you have anxiety about undergoing surgery. That doesn’t mean you are out of luck, though. Here at Park Professional Eyecare, our optometrist in the Bronx has a very exciting method known as OrthoK at your disposal. It gives you the benefits that you would associate with getting laser eye surgery, without having to undergo the procedure. If that sounds too good to be true, just keep reading.
This technology, which is represented by two FDA-approved brands, corneal refractive therapy (CRT) and vision shaping treatment (VST), works by having you wear special contact lenses each night when you go to sleep. During the night, these lenses reshape your cornea, in much the same way that laser surgery like LASIK does. At the root of nearsightedness is that your cornea is not curved as it should be. Instead of light entering and striking your retina in the center, which is normal vision, it hits your retina at the front, resulting in poor distance vision. OrthoK lenses, prescribed by our optometrist in the Bronx, can remedy that.
When you wake up each morning after having worn your special lenses, your vision will be improved, as it would after having laser eye surgery. The positive results, though, are only good for a day or two. So you do have to put the lenses back in each night. But if you would like the advantages of sharper and clearer distance vision without having to depend on eyeglasses or contacts all day and without submitting to surgery, you should call us and schedule an examination with our optometrist in the Bronx to find out if you’re a good candidate for OrthoK.