“Why does my vision seem to get clearer when I squint or pull on the outer corners of my eyes?” Have you ever asked this question? The answer is simple. You are changing the shape of your cornea, and the way light reflects off of the back of your eye. Your eyesight depends on the shape of your cornea!
There is a revolutionary, non-surgical procedure that can do this for you. It’s called Overnight Corneal Reshaping (OCR). The process of OCR (or orthokeratology) involves wearing oxygen-permeable contacts to bed that change the shape of your cornea while you sleep. Each morning you greet the day, take your contacts out, and cheerfully face the opportunities that lie ahead.
What are the benefits?
- You will have no need for contacts or glasses during the day. These things will no longer hinder you in comfort, work, sports, and play. Bring on the dirt, sweat, and the neighborhood swimming pool!
- OCR is reversible, unlike the LASIK surgical procedure that leaves one out of every five patients dissatisfied. If you wish to reverse OCR process, leaving the contacts out will allow your corneas to return to their original shape.
- The cost of OCR is about half of the price of LASIK.
- It slows down the progression of nearsightedness and is also used for farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia (the need for bifocals).
- Parents, LASIK and other surgeries that permanently correct vision are not available to children. However, OCR can give your active child the freedom to face the day unhindered by contacts or glasses. Even better, OCR can actually slow the progression of nearsightedness in your child. This can help them to avoid a future involving glasses with thick lenses. In fact, OCR is beneficial to people of all ages.
Take the First Step
Not every eye doctor can offer you OCR, but if you make an appointment with Brill Eye Center this is what you can expect. First, the doctor will make detailed observations of the front part of your eye with an instrument called a slit lamp biomicroscope that permits a detailed view of the structures involved in the process: eyelids, tear film, and cornea. If we determine you’re a good candidate, then the doctor will be able to design a lens system that works best for you. These special lenses are custom made to your eye using our advanced eye topography mapping. We then show you how to insert and remove the lenses and guide you through other tips and tricks for maximum effect and comfort.