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"As EYE See It" --- What is Corneal Refractive Therapy?

Written by Dr. Brandon Nelms on .

Are you nearsighted and sick of being dependent on glasses?  Does you child's nearsightedness seem to worsen all the time?  Corneal refractive therapy (CRT) is a proven way of correcting myopia (nearsightedness) without glasses, daytime contact lenses or surgery.  In addition, CRT may slow the progression of nearsightedness in children.  CRT has been called many names including orthokeratology and corneal molding.  All of these names refer to the process of wearing a rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens while sleeping to change the power of the eye's cornea in a predictable way.  Thus, when the contact lens is removed the eye is in focus without wearing correction.  This molding effect last during waking hours after the lens is worn while sleeping.  The corneal molding lenses are uniquely designed to provide the right amount of correction for each individual eye.

Many of my patients are suprised to hear that this technology exists.  However, corneal refractive therapy is not a new idea.  Some doctors began using early corneal molding lenses in the 1980s.  The procedure gained popularity in the 90s as lens technology improved.  CRT has been a part of The Optical Boutique for about 20 years.

On a personal note, my lovely wife began using corneal molds about a year ago.  She wanted to be able to watch our two young sons at the pool without the danger of wearing soft contact lenses or the inconvenience of wearing glasses.  She has been very successful.  Corneal reshaping has given her the freedom to better care for our children in an environment not conducive to daytime contact lenses of spectacles.

If you would like to know if your a candidate for this exciting technology, give us a call.  We'll schedule you for a free consultation in which we can discuss your individual needs.

"As Eye See It" - It's All Fun and Games Until ...

Written by Dr. Brandon Nelms on .

"It's all fun and games until someone gets their eye poke out."  Parents have been saying words similar to these for generations.  However, as we approach Christmas, how many of us think about eye health as we choose toys for our children?

Toys can be visually stimulating and help develop skills such as eye hand coordination, but some toys can be hazardous to eyes.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Comission, 250,000 children each year are seen in hospital emergency departments due to toy related injuries.  About half of those injuries are to the head and neck, many to the eyes.

All About Vision has published an article discussing what types of toys should be avoided (  In addition, World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) annually list specific toys that are deemed dangerous.  Generally any toy that shoots a projectile, such as BB guns, aerosoft guns and slingshots, should be avoided.  Furthermore, toy swords, wands and sabers are often the cause of toy related eye injuries.  Also, gifts like silly string and party foam contain chemicals that may be ocular irritants.

As we approach Christmas, let's remember eye safety.  Let's ask Santa to bring one of many safe toys.  Maybe if we've been really good, he'll even leave a pair of safety glasses in our stocking.