Dr. Robert Gerowitz, Optometrist PC, is a nationally recognized orthokeratology specialist. He has been using OrthoK to treat myopia and other refractive errors since 2000. With its continued success, you may have heard certain terms, such as corneal molding, CRT, and VST, being mentioned. For your understanding, let us discuss how they are related to OrthoK.
What Is Orthokeratology?
Orthokeratology is a vision correction option for those with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. It involves wearing customized gas-permeable contact molds, also known as corneal molds, while you sleep. They are specially engineered to gradually alter your corneal surface overnight, which is why this process is also referred to as the gentle shaping system.
Upon removing your orthokeratology contact molds in the morning, you may already see with better visual acuity. You’ll also be able to finish your daily tasks more efficiently and enjoy a better quality of life. You can experience all this without having to use your prescription eyewear. With these benefits, OrthoK is actually considered a non-surgical, yet equally effective, alternative to LASIK.
How Is It Different From Corneal Refractive Therapy and Vision Shaping Treatment?
Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two corneal reshaping brands. The first one is Corneal Refractive Therapy or Paragon Z CRT® from Paragon Vision Sciences in April, 2002. Bausch and Lomb, on the other hand, released Vision Shaping Treatment lenses in December, 2004.
Who Are Good Candidates for OrthoK?
OrthoK therapy was initially developed to prevent myopia progression. That said, studies show its effectiveness at managing other refractive errors, such as farsightedness and astigmatism. If you have certain eye conditions that are incompatible with wearing contact lenses, like allergies, dry eyes, or severe corneal infirmities, this may be a good option for you.
Pilots, military personnel, and athletes may find OrthoK beneficial since it lets them see clearly without having to use prescription eyewear. Those who have active lifestyles are also considered good candidates. Most importantly, this option is available to anyone at any age as well.
For more information about orthokeratology, call us at (847) 453-3700. You may also complete our form to schedule an appointment. We see IL families in Arlington Heights and the surrounding Illinois areas.