According to the National Eye Institute, the prevalence of myopia (nearsightedness) has increased 66% in the United States between 1971-1972 and 1999-2004. High myopia is associated with complications including retinal detachments, premature cataracts, glaucoma, and reduced quality of life. Recent research has shown there are various treatments which can slow the progression of myopia in children and adolescents. Call us at (650) 326-1649 to schedule a free consultation!
Corneal refractive therapy (CRT) lenses are super high oxygen gas permeable lenses worn while you sleep to eliminate your myopia and astigmatism for the day. Studies have shown decreased myopia progression in children and adolescents wearing CRT lenses compared to soft contact lens, bifocal, or under-corrected spectacles.
Upon waking, the lenses are removed, and patients should see 20/20 for most of the day. CRT lenses may be fitted after a comprehensive eye exam. Special training for insertion, removal and caring of these lenses as well as regular follow-ups are provided with this program. Adults and children will benefit from freedom from contacts and glasses while they swim or play sports. These lenses are FDA approved for children and adults who have myopia up to -6.00 and astigmatism up to -2.00. This is a great alternative to LASIK and daytime contacts since it is completely reversible, with the added benefit of long lasting myopia reduction.
CRT is a valuable therapy to use from childhood until young adulthood, at which point patients may consider LASIK surgery to permanently reduce their myopia and astigmatism.
Atropine eye drops may be prescribed for daily instillation to reduce myopia progression in youths. This new therapy is the second line of defense against myopia increase after CRT lenses, our primary myopia therapy.
All our optometrists are comfortable and experienced with pediatric eye exams and with fitting all types of contact lenses, including soft, soft toric, rigid gas permeable, rgp bitoric, rgp bifocal, and CRT lenses. Dr. Lee is Paragon Corneal Refractive Therapy certified and is able to fit and dispense CRT lenses (usually same day) from a generous contact lens stock.
Please call for an appointment with our optometrists to evaluate if you are a candidate.