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All You Need to Know

Art of Optiks offers a liberating alternative to traditional eyeglasses for you or your loved ones. Our passionate team of specialists is dedicated to improving your quality of life by providing innovative vision solutions. While LASIK remains a popular option, we also provide Corneal Refractive Therapy as a versatile alternative for people of all ages. Enjoy gradual nighttime vision improvement while sleeping – a non-permanent option that enables a future seamless transition back to standard eyeglasses or even LASIK.


Our priority at Art of Optiks is to ensure your comfort in daily life and activities. If you are considering Corneal Refractive Therapy, we urge you to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced experts. During this tailored consultation, our professionals will not only become acquainted with your eyes, but will also learn about your specific preferences and lifestyle. Profit from our significant knowledge in the eyecare industry as we guide you through an informative and enjoyable journey to satisfy all of your Corneal Refractive Therapy requirements.

What is Corneal Refractive Therapy?

Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT), also known as Orthokeratology (Ortho-K), is a non-surgical technique used by eye specialists to change a patient’s prescription. Using hard, gas-permeable contact lenses, this breakthrough method progressively reshapes the cornea overnight, providing lens-free vision during the day.


Corneal Refractive Therapy, which is mostly used to treat myopia or nearsightedness and, on occasion, astigmatism, requires patients to wear customized lenses while sleeping. When you wake up, the lenses are removed, displaying better eyesight without the need for glasses or contacts during the day. A comprehensive eye exam performed by our experienced eye experts will determine your eligibility for this transformational therapy. Based on the findings of the assessment, our professionals will recommend the best corneal reshaping lenses for your specific needs.

Children and Teenagers

Navigating the challenges of wearing glasses at a young age can be daunting, especially with the rapid changes in eyesight. Parents often worry about the potential worsening of their children’s vision, leading to stronger prescriptions. Corneal Refractive Therapy emerges as an excellent option for youngsters, demonstrating its effectiveness in halting or preventing the progression of myopia or nearsightedness. Notably, Corneal Refractive Therapy has proven to result in less vision loss in children compared to traditional glasses or contact lenses.


For teenagers engaged in contact sports like football or hockey, Corneal Refractive Therapy becomes particularly advantageous. If your student-athlete experiences a decline in performance during crucial games or encounters difficulties seeing the whiteboard in class, our expert doctors are here to provide assistance. Corneal Refractive Therapy offers a tailored solution to address vision challenges and enhance the visual experience for young individuals.


Embrace a glasses and contact-free lifestyle during waking hours with Corneal Refractive Therapy, especially beneficial for individuals leading active lives or pursuing hobbies and professions unsuited for conventional eyewear. Adults immersed in activities like golfing, biking, skiing, or swimming can now participate without the hindrance of glasses or contacts. Professionals working in dusty or dirty environments will find enhanced comfort throughout the day with Corneal Refractive Therapy.


For those grappling with allergies, dry eyes, or other eye-related issues, Corneal Refractive Therapy offers a welcome respite from the discomfort associated with ordinary contact lenses. Experience the freedom to fully engage in your passions and daily activities without the constraints of traditional eyewear, thanks to the liberating benefits of Corneal Refractive Therapy.

What to Expect

Once our specialists have established whether you are a good candidate for Corneal Refractive Therapy, a corneal topographer will be utilized to assess the curvatures of your corneas. This is a quick and painless procedure that provides a topographical map of the surface of your eye. Our experts will create bespoke lenses for you after reviewing the measuring results. In some circumstances, three lenses may be necessary to obtain the correct prescription. You may notice that the lenses are in your eyes before falling asleep at first, but the lenses get more comfortable over time, and you will no longer notice that they are in your eyes.


Beyond the freedom from wearing conventional glasses or contacts throughout the day, our patients have enthusiastically shared a multitude of additional benefits associated with Corneal Refractive Therapy:

Improved Image Sharpness and Clarity

Corneal Refractive Therapy lenses are meticulously crafted to address irregular corneal curves. By smoothing these uneven surfaces, the lenses facilitate a more consistent distribution of light rays entering your eyes, ultimately delivering heightened visual sharpness and clarity.

Instantaneous Effects

Upon waking and removing the Ortho-K lenses after the initial night, you’ll notice a significant improvement in your eyesight. It’s important to note that the outcomes of Corneal Refractive Therapy are not permanent, providing you with the flexibility to discontinue the use of the lenses and revert to standard eyeglasses or consider LASIK in the future. This adaptability ensures that you can make decisions about your vision correction based on your evolving needs and preferences.

Feeling of Normalcy

The Ortho-K lenses are exclusively worn at night while you sleep, eliminating the need for standard eyewear during the day. This allows you to navigate your daily activities with improved vision and a heightened sense of normalcy, free from the constraints of traditional eyewear.

Enhanced Quality of Life

Enhance your quality of life with Corneal Refractive Therapy, a safer alternative to other corrective methods. Enjoy improved overall health, increased efficiency in daily tasks, and a clearer perspective on the world, all with minimized risks.

Are You a Candidate?

Our doctors will determine whether you are a good candidate for Corneal Refractive Therapy during your annual comprehensive eye exam or pediatric eye exam. Candidates must have healthy eyes and use glasses or contacts. If you live an active lifestyle, participate in contact sports, or work in a dusty environment, Corneal Refractive Therapy is a good therapy to explore. Unlike LASIK, the effects of corneal reshaping are temporary and pose no risk. Candidates who choose Corneal Refractive Therapy can stop wearing the lenses if they choose to go back to wearing glasses or contacts.

Locations & Doctors

Art of Optiks boasts a team of award-winning doctors committed to delivering exceptional optical expertise and care. Our patients take precedence, and we strive to offer outstanding service and comprehensive knowledge about their optical concerns. Fostering open relationships, our team ensures patients are educated and comfortable at all times. Expect an unparalleled customer experience from our doctors—every interaction is designed for satisfaction and solidarity.


Art of Optiks currently has two locations offering a variety of services to our incredible patients. Our doctors, Timothy Haupert and Victoria Whitman, are located at offices in Wayzata and Edina, Minnesota.

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