There is a non-surgical, reversible procedure for people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or who have astigmatism. It is the FDA approved process “Corneal Refractive Therapy,” or “C.R.T.”
Instead of putting your contact lenses on in the morning, and remove them at night, these are lenses that are worn at night (a minimum of six hours) and removed upon waking in the morning.
These specially designed contact lens devices gently reshape the eyes during sleep. Once results are achieved, the nighttime lenses act like a retainer does in orthodontia, helping to maintain clear eyesight throughout the day without vision correction.
Some of the best candidates for this exciting therapy have been found to be children and adolescents.
The FDA approved CRT without any age restrictions. Kids seem to respond faster and sustain the improved vision even longer than adults. Since LASIK is not typically advisable until after the teen years, after one’s prescription stabilizes, CRT offers a safe and effective treatment for children.
There are studies in progress that appear to demonstrate that CRT may even help to slow down or stop future prescription changes, something fairly common during youth.
CRT has been beneficial for young athletes, where glasses or regular contact lenses may include potential challenges. Some of the best results have been with these athletes, where clear uncorrected vision during athletic competition has been a tremendous benefit.
Corneal Refractive Therapy represents one of the newest effective correction alternatives. As a non-surgical, reversible form of treatment, it is virtually risk free for almost any age. In addition to new, improved vision, what is clear is that we now have more vision correction options than ever before.