Corneal Refractive Therapy

Can you imagine the joy of waking up in the morning and not having to wear glasses or contact lenses during the day?

Can you imagine achieving this without surgery and while you sleep?

Benefits of corneal refractive therapy

  • After correction, vision is improved without the help of glasses or contact lens wear during the day.
  • Vision improvement occurs rapidly - in days or weeks.
  • Free from surgical risk, the CRT process is convenient, comfortable and reversible.
  • Children and adults can benefit.
  • The natural vision achieved with CRT is invaluable for recreation, sports and leisure.
  • Occupational demands for unaided vision may now be met by pilots, police, firefighters, swimmers and others.
  • Corneal refractive therapy is safe, effective and reversible.

Corneal reshaping

Corneal reshaping is the alternative to glasses, contact lenses or surgery.

Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) is a non-surgical method that uses state-of-the-art technology and innovative contact lens designs to correct vision by reshaping the cornea (front surface of the eye) while you sleep. It works much like the concept of braces for the teeth.

Similar in appearance to standard lenses, CRT therapeutic lenses, also known as orthokeratology (ortho-k) lenses, provide clear and natural vision when worn. Your clear vision will continue once the lenses are removed upon waking.

How does it work?

This method of vision improvement is accomplished over a period of days or several weeks to attain better vision.

When the CRT lenses are removed in the morning, the results are clear, natural vision for your waking hours.

Corneal Refractive Therapy is safe, painless, effective and best of all, non-surgical and reversible!

What results can you expect?

Your vision will improve dramatically the day after your first fitting with the CRT lenses.

Most of the visual changes occur rapidly over the first few days. As the cornea changes shape and vision improves, we will refit and reorder successive lenses, if needed.

Who is a candidate?

The procedure can be performed on practically anyone of any age, as long as their eyes are healthy. CRT can correct nearsightedness, astigmatism (irregular surface curvature of the cornea), and farsightedness.

Active lifestyles make children and teenagers ideal candidates for CRT. Corneal reshaping not only improves vision, but it may slow or even stop the progression in nearsightedness that typically occurs throughout the school-age years.

Since CRT offers similar benefits to Lasik, but without the surgery, it's also appealing to adolescents who are not eligible for Lasik.

CRT holds particular appeal for people who participate in sports, or who work in dusty, dirty environments that can cause problems for regular contact lenses.

There are variations in patient physiology and visual needs. Therefore, the decision about CRT, at any age, can only be made after a thorough eye exam and recommendation of the doctors at Highlands Ranch HD Eye Care.