An innovative non-surgical procedure called Overnight Corneal Reshaping (OCR) revolutionizes vision correction. OCR allows patients to wear oxygen-permeable lenses while they sleep to mold and reshape their corneas in order to reduce reliance on glasses or daytime contacts. Other names for OCR are CRT, Ortho-K, Gentle Molding, Vision Shaping Treatment, Sleep and See, etc. Upon awakening, the corneas have a new shape and provide proper eyesight. Good vision is often achieved within mere days of beginning treatment. Besides literal overnight success, here are the 4 most amazing things about OCR:
1. OCR Utilizes Lenses Specifically Designed for Your Eyes
There is not a one-size-fits-all solution to vision correction. OCR uses customized topography technology to craft custom-fit reshaping lenses. This advanced technology measures the front of each individual’s eye to create the perfect lens.
Since this technology is very specific, it is important to seek the services of an experienced optometrist, such as Dr. Brill, who is certified and credentialed to fit each of the brands of lenses. The Fellow of the Orthokeratology Academy of America (FOAA) distinction from the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control will signal that your doctor has met additional rigors of testing above and beyond the Doctor of Optometry, O.D. degree.
2. OCR Accommodates Bifocals and Other Corrective Vision Needs
Nearsightedness is the most common issue corrected by OCR. Other problems such as mild astigmatism and farsightedness can also be addressed with OCR. Individuals who use bifocals also benefit from OCR as well. Bifocals incorporate Rxs for both far and near vision working distances. OCR patients experience a subtle reshaping of their corneas overnight while asleep and do not have to keep up with keeping old glasses up-to-date, thereby saving money.
3. Unlike LASIK, the OCR Process Is Completely Reversible
OCR vision improvements generally are designed to last the full day, and perhaps longer in many cases. Any changes made by OCR are completely reversible. To return to your original prescription, simply discontinue wearing the lenses, and your eyes will return to the pre-OCR status in days or weeks.
Since OCR is non-invasive, there is no chance of postoperative complications. Procedures such as LASIK have their own pros and cons including the possibility of permanent postoperative problems such as chronic dry eyes, double vision, and intolerable glare. OCR provides the same advantages as LASIK without the risk of postoperative difficulties plus the benefit of complete outcome reversal.
4. OCR Is Appropriate and Safe for All Ages
OCR is a great option for nearsighted persons who are too young for LASIK surgery or are otherwise not viable candidates for vision correction surgery. There is no FDA restriction on the appropriate age for OCR. Your youngster need not be afraid of the procedure, as there are no blades, scalpels, or lasers to fear. For older individuals, wearing lenses becomes an easy habit to incorporate into daily life. The liberty to just wear lenses at night minimizes the risks associated with complications from surgically- invasive eye correction. There is no time away from work required and no need to worry about unpredictable healing after surgery.