Kent, WA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/19/2017 -- The eye doctors at Clearvue Vision Center are one of the only eye care centers in Kent certified to fit patients with ortho-k lenses. Orthokeratology is an advanced, revolutionary way to see clearly without eyeglasses or daytime contact lenses. People with mild to moderate nearsightedness and healthy eyes can typically benefit from ortho-k.
Patients insert specialised rigid, gas permeable lenses before bedtime and remove them upon awakening. These contact lenses mold and reshape the cornea overnight, thereby correcting any refractive error that is causing myopia. Once the patient removes ortho-k lenses in the morning, crisp vision will remain throughout the day. The effects are temporary, lasting about one or two days, so the lenses must be inserted regularly.
Clearvue Vision Center fits Corneal Refractive Therapy lenses (CRT) from Paragon Vision Sciences. These lenses require skilled, expert fittings, which only a qualified eye doctor can perform.
"We are proud to be certified to provide patients with ortho-k/CRT lenses! We help adults and teens in Kent see clearly without surgery, eyeglasses or daytime contacts, and that's our greatest reward," says Dr. Alexandra Gelt, O.D.
The main criteria for ortho-k vision shaping is healthy eyes, regardless of age. Before fitting a patient with ortho-k, a Clearvue optometrist will perform a thorough eye exam to evaluate their vision prescription and ocular condition. Many people who are not good candidates for LASIK surgery or other refractive procedures may be suitable for CRT lenses.
Ortho-k is perfect for anyone who wants sharp vision without undergoing laser surgery or dealing with the inconvenience of eyeglasses or daytime contact lenses. Sports enthusiasts and people with an active lifestyle are avid fans of orthokeratology, as it allows clear vision without bulky, uncomfortable eyewear. Ortho-k is also a good option for anyone who works in a dusty environment that makes it difficult to wear contact lenses comfortably.
To determine the perfect fit, a series of visits and trial CRT lenses are usually required. Patients commonly report improvement in visual acuity immediately. However, the full remarkable impact of ortho-k lenses typically takes a few weeks to reach. The vision shaping process is painless, and most patients sleep soundly without sensing the presence of these extraordinary lenses. Side effects are usually minor and dissipate quickly, such as seeing halos around lights or glare at night.
The team at Clearvue Vision Center invites all patients, new and returning, to schedule a consultation for ortho-k lenses in their modern office, located across from IKEA in Kent. The office is open six days per week, with evening and Saturday appointments available.