Did you know that scientists estimate that nearly one-third of the world will be nearsighted by 2020? It’s not just our addiction to smartphone and computer screens that’s causing it, but a wide variety of factors. There’s nothing fun about being nearsighted, but fortunately, there have been major breakthroughs during the last few years to effectively treat it. The top choice recommended by optometrists is corneal refractive therapy. Let’s examine this breakthrough procedure.
What is Your Cornea and What Causes Nearsightedness?
Your cornea is the transparent layer over your eye. Its main role is to refract, bend and focus light. The general consensus among doctors is that nearsightedness—myopia—occurs when your cornea becomes bent out of shape or grows too large. As a result, the light that enters through your eyes is misshapen and unable to be properly passed on to your retina creating altered vision.
What is Corneal Refractive Therapy?
Corneal refractive therapy is a non-surgical process of reshaping your cornea so that light enters it properly. It refers to a special type of contact lens which is specifically fit to your eye that works to reshape the cornea to its normal size. With these lenses, you will not need glasses. Best of all, most people achieve a minimum of 20/40 vision—the lowest required to drive without glasses by law—with many hitting 20/20 and sometimes even better.
Who is the Right Candidate for Corneal Refractive Therapy?
Corneal Refractive Therapy is generally suited for people suffering from mild to moderate myopia. It’s also been used to treat some forms of astigmatism and hyperopia. Generally, individuals wear lenses while they sleep overnight.
It might take a little time to get used to them, but you’ll start seeing benefits right away. Generally, within 1-2 days, people report having significant vision improvements.
How Much Does it Cost?
Corneal refractive therapy does cost more than standard contact lenses because they require specialized fittings and lenses. You’ll also need a few extra visits to your eye doctor and possible multiple sets of lenses.
However, it is generally significantly less expensive than LASIK surgery while still producing great results. In addition, many vision care insurance plans may cover a portion or all of the fees associated with the treatment so be sure to look into your plan.
Additional Info: Can I still get LASIK?
Some people are still interested in getting LASIK even after corneal refractive therapy. One of the reasons for this is that with LASIK still produces sharper results. Also, with corneal therapy, you will need replacement lenses and follow-up visits, which can sometimes total to between $300-400 per year.
Since corneal refractive therapy is non-permeant, you can still choose to get LASIK surgery although you will need to wait a month or two after ending your corneal refractive treatment.
Cure Your Nearsightedness with Corneal Refractive Therapy
Corneal refractive therapy is an excellent non-surgical option for those looking to cure their nearsightedness. If you are looking for an affordable, excellent treatment option then be sure to consult with your eye doctor. They can help answer other questions like what’s the difference between being nearsighted vs farsighted and what are some strategies for dealing with eye fatigue. Schedule an appointment with a professional so you can get the clear vision you need for a healthy life.