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Eye Care North has started offering a non-surgical contact lens therapy that improves patient's vision while they sleep. This therapy is called Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS) or Orthokeratology and involves wearing a rigid contact lens at night when you sleep. Upon awakening the lenses are removed and the front part of the eye, called the cornea, has been gently reshaped to allow for excellent vision without the need for daytime glasses or contact lenses. The principle is similar to the use of a dental retainer used by an orthodontist to realign teeth.
This temporary technique is safe and effective for children, which makes it especially exciting. Patients, as young as five years old, simply place their custom-made lenses in their eyes prior to sleeping. After removal of the lenses they don't need eyeglasses or daytime contact lenses!
Most importantly, research conducted has indicated that children who use this technology (referred to as Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS) or orthokeratology) do not need increasingly stronger eyeglass prescriptions each year. In other words, it helps stop or slow down the rapid deterioration of vision seen in children who wear eyeglasses.
There is no age restriction with GVSS lenses; however, the best candidates are children and adolescents between the ages of 8 and 18 who are too young for LASIK and have active lifestyles. GVSS is a great solution for people whose glasses or daytime contacts interfere with outdoor sporting activities and hobbies or people who have dry eye or irritation with traditional contacts.
Our doctor is a member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control and has full certification to fit Paragon CRT lenses. Paragon CRT lenses are the industry leader and were the first therapeutic lens design approved by the FDA for overnight contact lens orthokeratology to temporarily reduce myopia (nearsightedness).
We are very proud to offer this to your family. To determine if your children can benefit from this technology, please call our office. We can review your record and provide an honest opinion. If an eye examination of your child is needed, we'll help you set one up as well.