What is OrthoKeratology
OrthoKeratology is a safe, effective method to give patients good vision without glasses, daily wear contact lenses or refractive surgery.
The Gentle Vision Shaping System is an advanced form of orthokeratology that uses specially designed corneal molds to safely reshape the cornea allowing patients to see without correction and without the need for glasses, daily contact lenses or surgery.
OrthoKeratology is a safe treatment for nearsightedness or myopia, where special contact lenses or vision retainers are worn while you sleep. Upon waking, the retainers are removed, resulting in good vision throughout the day.
How Does OrthoKeratology Work
The Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS) works by flattening the central cornea. LASIK also flattens the central cornea; however GVSS does flattens the cornea by pushing and pulling some of the central corneal tissue to the mid peripheral part of the cornea. Conversely, LASIK flattens the central cornea by permanently removing corneal tissue. If a patient decides to stop wearing the vision retainers their nearsightedness will return to its previous level over a period of days to a few weeks. Most of the refractive change takes place in the first 10 days and typically 95% or more of the change occurring within three to four weeks. It is comforting to know that this change is not permanent and can be reversed.
Until recently, the technology was not available to create this latest generation of corneal molds or vision shaping retainers. Only 10 years ago orthokeratology required a series of 2 to 4 lenses and took months to see results. Now, with computer-designed therapeutic contact lenses, made on high speed computerized lathes, 80% of patients will need only one pair of retainers with results seen in as little as one night of wear.