Many refractive errors, like nearsightedness or farsightedness, develop during childhood. Prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses are some effective options to correct them. Many kids, however, think they are inconvenient to use, particularly when they are playing.
Thanks to advances in technology, The Myopia Institute offers a great alternative in the form of corneal reshaping therapy (CRT). Let us answer the top questions about it for your understanding.
Q: What is CRT?
Often referred to as orthokeratology, it’s a non-surgical way of correcting corneal infirmities, which are often the root cause of refractive errors.
Q: How Does It Work?
We’ll ask your child to apply the ortho k lenses before they go to bed. These lenses are specifically designed to gently modify their corneal surface and shape it while they are sleeping, which is why it’s also known as overnight vision correction. They will then remove the lenses in the morning and experience clear eyesight for at least a whole day without requiring them to use their prescription optical device.
Q: What Eye Conditions Can It Manage?
At first, orthokeratology was intended to treat myopia (nearsightedness) and halt its progression. Studies show, however, that using ortho k lenses is also a reliable way to correct other refractive errors, like hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.
Q: Who Are Good Candidates for CRT?
To qualify for corneal reshaping therapy, your child must have a stable eye and overall health. This is why we usually perform a comprehensive eye assessment first to evaluate their current visual condition. We may also have them undergo other definitive procedures to establish the extent of visual acuity correction needed. This is a great option as well for those whose eye problems are incompatible with wearing your regular lenses.
Q: What Are the Perks of CRT?
With CRT, your child can immediately experience better optics and clearer eyesight after just a night of using ortho k lenses. This way, your kids can enjoy a feeling of normalcy as soon as possible. They are also free to play as much as they want, improving their quality of life. Their well-maintained eyesight may lead to better performance in school as well.
If you have any further questions about CRT, contact a local myopia specialist in your area.