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If you've ever suffered from nearsightedness or farsightedness, then you know all too well how a refractive error can cause blurred vision. Such problems have traditionally been compensated for with glasses or contact lenses (and later LASIK surgery). But there's another way to correct for these issues -- one which can not only give you terrific daytime vision without glasses, contacts or surgery but also help minimize the development of nearsightedness in younger eyes. This remarkable tool is known as orthokeratology or Ortho-K, and it's presented as part of the Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS) offered by our optometrist in Hasbrouck Heights.
The shape of your eyes can have a great deal of influence in how you view your world. A slightly more elongated eyeball or cornea (the clear semi-spherical tissue that covers the lens) can cause myopia (nearsightedness), while a slight foreshortening results in hyperopia (farsightedness). The cornea may also have other little irregular areas that create yet another refractive error known as astigmatism. Of course our Lodi and Garfield optometrist can prescribe corrective lenses that refract the light in specific ways to compensate for individual refractive errors, while LASIK surgery permanently re-sculpts the cornea for the same purpose. But what if you don't like either of those options?
This is where Ortho-K comes in. Our Garfield and Lodi optometrist can create specialized contact lenses that are only worn at night. As you sleep with the lenses on, the lenses safely and gently reshape the corneas. In the morning you can remove the Ortho-K lenses and enjoy days at a time of corrected vision without any need for daytime lenses. While the duration of the corrective effect varies from person to person, you'll soon figure out how often to don your overnight contacts for continuous daytime vision correction.
Our Lodi and Garfield optometrist also provides the Gentle Vision Shaping System for children ages 8 through 12 who suffer from myopia. Just as dental retainers can guide a child's crooked teeth into straighter alignment, Ortho-K lenses can help deter the lengthening of the cornea that makes myopia progress. In other words, our Hasbrouck Heights eye doctor might be able to use this technology to give your nearsighted child better eyesight, not just day by day but for life!
If you're looking for a Garfield or Lodi optometrist who can provide you with orthokeratology, your search is over. Our eye care clinic is proud to be serving the areas of Hasbrouck Heights, Wood-Ridge, Lodi, Garfield and Hackensack NJ. Our Hasbrouck Heights eye doctor, Dr. Aversa, can examine your eyes and vision carefully to determine whether your refractive error can be treated effectively with this technique. Call our eye care clinic at 201-288-1109 today to schedule an appointment and learn more about this incredible vision correction option!