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Corneal Refractive Therapy: Overnight Contacts
Wouldn’t it be great if you could see more clearly now, without needing to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses anymore as you go about your day? For many patients who are interested in an alternative to wearing eyewear or getting surgery, corneal refractive therapy is just what they’re looking for. It involves wearing overnight contacts, which are also referred to as Ortho-K lenses and corneal reshaping contact lenses.
At Sevigny & Associates Eye Care, our team has years of experience helping patients with overnight contacts. If you’ve been curious about this method to correct vision and are wondering if you would be a good candidate to try it out yourself, read on for more information. We would be happy to discuss overnight contacts with you in detail if you have any questions.
Orthokeratology is the formal name for this treatment, and you may hear professionals referring to it as ortho-k or just overnight contacts.
You can think of overnight contacts as braces for your eyes. You wear them only when sleeping at night.
It begins with a thorough examination of your eyes. The optometrist will measure the curvature of your corneas by using a device called a corneal topographer. This pain-free procedure takes about a minute to scan your eyes.
It generates a map of the surface of your eyes, which are then used to create the shape of your customized overnight contacts. Put simply, overnight contacts are gas permeable contact lenses that gently reshape your eyes when worn overnight.
The results will vary for each patient, but in general, you can expect the effects of corneal refractive therapy to work for one or two days, with some people getting even better results.
Ideally, you will wear your overnight contacts every night.
Patients typically arrive at our clinic seeking treatment with overnight contacts for the following vision disorders:
* Myopia (also known as nearsightedness)
* Astigmatism (blurry vision)
* Hyperopia (farsightedness)
* Presbyopia (age-related loss of the ability to focus on near objects)
Keep in mind that corneal refractive therapy is not suitable for every patient. You’ll need to consult with your eye doctor and get a comprehensive examination before overnight contacts can be prescribed.
If you’ve been dreaming of the day that you could stop wearing glasses or contact lenses to help you see every day, corneal refractive therapy may be just what you’ve been looking for. It’s natural to have some questions about what’s involved and our friendly and professional staff is standing by to provide you all the details you require.
For more information on overnight contacts or to set an appointment, please contact Sevigny & Associates Eye Care at 863-259-3777 today.