Non-Surgical Myopia Control Strategies
Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)
Corneal refractive therapy, or CRT, was approved in the United States in June 2002, and it has been implemented with success at Allisonville Eye Care Center since 2003.
This non-surgical treatment option involves wearing a special device at night while one is sleeping in order to reshape the cornea and reduce or ultimately eliminate the need for glasses or contacts during the day. It has proven to be very effective for many at reducing the rate of myopia progression!
- The Wave NightLens is a specialized lens used to gently mold the cornea during sleep to reduce or completely eliminate the need for daytime use of glasses or contact lenses. This approach has been shown to reduce the rate at which myopia, or nearsightedness, progresses- especially important for those children with advancing myopia progression!
- Here’s a snapshot of a successful WAVE patient at AECC:
- Prescription prior to WAVE:
Right Eye: -6.75DS
Left Eye: -8.00DSPrescription after WAVE wear:
Right Eye: Plano (0)
Left Eye: +0.25DS
This case demonstrates that all of the patient’s nearsightedness was fully corrected. The patient was noting sustained and clear vision all day. Plus, the patient was glasses free for the first time in her life! Now that’s remarkable!
Now even though these lenses can remove a patient's prescription, when you discontinue wearing WAVE lenses the myopia does not go away. A patient will still need glasses or contacts following their discontinuation of wearing the WAVE lenses.
Specialized Eyeglass Lenses
Certain eyeglass lens designs can be prescribed to change the way light focuses as it enters the eye. These lenses can also reduce the rate at which myopia progresses.
- We prescribe an invisible line bifocal to achieve this myopia control effect.
NEW!! FDA Approved Soft Contact Lenses!
- MiSight Contact Lenses
This soft contact lens is officially FDA approved for reducing myopic progression. It is a daily replacement lens approved for children as young as 8 years old.
- It is very important to treat myopia progression with avenues such as contact lenses. These can significantly lower the child's dependence on glasses and contact lenses in the future and can also help lower their risk of eye diseases. The higher the patient's level of nearsightedness the higher the risk for diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and myopic maculopathy.
- https://coopervision.com/myopi... click here to launch the myopic simulator to get an estimate of what your child may see at different levels of myopia/nearsightedness.
Call or text our office to schedule your child for a full exam at Allisonville Eye Care Center at 317-577-0707! We also offer free infant screening exams from age 6 months to 1 year through our InfantSee program.