If you have a child with myopia (nearsightedness), here are 3 facts about corneal refractive therapy (CRT) you should know.
1. It’s Safe and Non-Invasive
Corneal refractive therapy, also known as orthokeratology, is the reshaping of the cornea — the front surface of the eye — using rigid gas permeable contact lenses. The lenses are worn overnight while your child sleeps, and are then removed in the morning.
The contact lenses gently and safely reshape the eye’s surface so that your child will have clear vision all day long without the need for daytime eyewear. CRT lenses should be worn nightly for best results.
2. It Can Slow Your Child’s Myopia Progression
Many parents are pleased to learn that corneal refractive therapy is FDA approved and has been clinically proven to slow a child’s myopia progression in most cases. Many parents like the idea of halting or slowing down myopia, since rapidly progressing or high levels of myopia during childhood increase the risk of developing serious eye diseases in the future.
That’s right — CRT can help preserve your child’s gift of sight for the long term.
3. It’s Reversible
Since all changes to the cornea are temporary, discontinuing CRT will result in the cornea returning to its natural shape. This means that children and teens who wear CRT lenses can still be candidates for vision correction surgery when they become of age.
For more information or to schedule your child’s myopia control consultation, call Lakeline Vision Source today!
At Lakeline Vision Source, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 512-918-3937 or book an appointment online to see one of our Cedar Park eye doctors.
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