What You Need to Know about Corneal Reshaping Therapy

Living with myopia can be a daily challenge. From struggling to read the small print to wearing glasses or contact lenses, it can be challenging to feel at your best when your vision is affected. But what if you could correct your vision and not rely on glasses or contact lenses? Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy life without worrying about your eyesight?

Corneal reshaping therapy (CRT) is an innovative, non-surgical procedure that revolutionizes treating myopia. It is a permanent, practical, and comfortable treatment that reduces or even eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses. Here are a few factoids to help determine if this is the right solution.

More About CRT  

Corneal reshaping therapy, also known as Orthokeratology, is a non-surgical procedure involving wearing specially designed contact lenses to reshape the cornea’s curvature temporarily. This procedure aims to reduce or eliminate the need for corrective eyewear.

CRT has been around since the early 1990s and has proven safe and effective for correcting nearsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. It gently reshapes the cornea with contact lenses worn overnight while you sleep. The lenses gently flatten the cornea, which helps to correct refractive errors and improve your vision.

CRT is a safe and effective procedure with few side effects. CRT’s most common side effects include dry eye, redness, and irritation. However, these side effects are usually mild and temporary and can be managed with proper eye care and lubrication.

How Long Does the Effect Last?

The best part is that after wearing the CRT, you should be able to see acceptably well without glasses or contact lenses for a day or two, sometimes longer. Some people can go an entire week without having to wear corrective lenses. It can be a massive relief for those tired of constantly wearing glasses or contact lenses.

However, it is essential to note that you should keep your regular eye examination with CRT. You should continue to visit your eye doctor for regular check-ups and follow-up visits to ensure that your vision stays stable.

What Eye Problems Can It Resolve? 

This technology can treat various vision conditions, including myopia (nearsightedness), astigmatism, farsightedness, and presbyopia. Rather than relying on eyeglasses or contacts to correct vision, Ortho-K lenses are worn overnight to reshape the cornea gently. This reshaping helps reduce the amount of refraction error causing vision problems. The lenses are removed in the morning, leaving the patient with clear vision throughout the day.

When it comes to the type and amount of refractive error that can be managed with orthokeratology, the results differ on a case-by-case basis. It is because every individual’s vision is unique, and the amount of correction needed to achieve a clear picture will vary from patient to patient. 

For example, a patient with mild nearsightedness may only need a small amount of correction to achieve clear vision. In contrast, a patient with more severe myopia may need more correction.


Corneal reshaping therapy is an effective and safe way to correct vision impairment. However, there may be better solutions for some. It is essential to understand the procedure’s ins and outs and consult with an eye care professional to make an informed decision. 

If you are bothered by your eyesight, you should immediately consult Fenton Family Eyecare. We will give out a comprehensive eye exam to determine the root cause of your problem and determine if the corneal reshaping therapy is the right solution. So, schedule a consultation now!

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