Los Angeles EyeCare Optometry Group
LASIK & CRT (Ortho-k)
LASIK (Laser Surgery) vs. Orthokeratology or Corneal Refractive Therapy
YES! We co-manage laser surgery and perform Orthokeratology (Ortho-k) and Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT). LASIK is an excellent choice for individuals who would like to decrease their dependency on glasses or contact lenses. LASIK is an irreversible surgery that can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, but not presbyopia.
Orthokeratology and Corneal Refractive Therapy require the use of specialty contact lenses to reshape the front of the eye (cornea) to reduce and/or eliminate nearsightedness and astigmatism. By reshaping their eyes at night patients are able to remain free of glasses or contact lenses during the day. Ortho-k and CRT is reversible, whereas LASIK is not.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at our office (213) 628-7419. If you are interested in "getting to know" our LASIK surgeons, you can visit their websites at www.Maloneyvision.com, www.vision-surgery.com, and www.tlcvision.com.
Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)
CRT is the first FDA approved myopia reducing therapy that uses specially designed therapeutic contact lenses to reduce or eliminate myopia (nearsightedness) and corneal astigmatism.
Patients undergoing CRT wear the newest technologically advanced gas permeable lenses to sleep. This non-surgical process reshapes the cornea (front part of your eye) while you sleep. You simply remove the lenses when you wake up. You are then able to see at far without the need of any other vision correction devices (i.e. glasses or contact lenses).
The concept of CRT is very similar to orthodontics. Analogy: Orthodontists use braces to reshape your teeth, once your teeth are straight, you continue using a retainer to maintain the shape of your teeth. Optometrists use specially designed gas permeable contact lenses to reshape your eyes. Once your eyes have been reshaped and the desired affect is achieved, you continue using a retainer pair of contact lenses to sleep every night. Just as it is important to continue to use a retainer for your teeth, it is important to use the contact lens retainer at night to maintain good vision during the day. Remember, there are No age restrictions for this therapy. We have patients as young as 8 years of age successfully wearing theses lenses.
If you are interested in finding out more information about CRT, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at (213) 628-7419. We would be more than happy to send you informational handouts or answer any questions you may have.