Corneal Refractive Therapy Richfield
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All You Need to Know

Explore an alternative to conventional eyewear with Corneal Refractive Therapy, an option for all ages seeking to enhance eyesight without the reliance on glasses or contacts. Even with LASIK as a popular alternative, Corneal Refractive Therapy allows for gradual improvement during sleep, offering a non-permanent solution. Whether you decide on LASIK later or revert to traditional eyewear, your comfort in daily activities is our doctors’ top priority. For those considering this therapy, contact one of our skilled physicians to schedule a consultation.


At Art of Optiks, we are dedicated to providing exceptional corneal refractive therapy consultations and treatments. Our specialists invest time in getting to know you and your eyes, ensuring the selection of the most comfortable vision solution for your lifestyle. With years of experience in the eye care sector, we guarantee a pleasant and informative experience tailored to meet all your Corneal Refractive Therapy needs.

What is Corneal Refractive Therapy?

Eye specialists employ a non-surgical method called corneal refractive therapy or orthokeratology (Ortho-K) to adjust a patient’s prescription. This involves using rigid, gas-permeable contact lenses that gradually reshape the cornea, addressing myopia and sometimes astigmatism. Worn during sleep, these lenses are removed upon waking, providing clear vision without the need for contacts or glasses throughout the day. Eligibility for corneal reshaping lenses is determined through a comprehensive eye exam, with our experienced eye physicians selecting the most suitable type based on the results.

Children and Teenagers

Facing the challenges of wearing glasses at an early age can be overwhelming as a child’s vision rapidly changes. Concerned parents often fear their children’s vision progression, anticipating the need for stronger prescriptions. Enter Corneal Refractive Therapy, a promising solution reported to slow or even prevent the advancement of myopia or nearsightedness in children. Those embracing this innovative therapy have witnessed a decrease in vision decline compared to traditional glasses or contact lenses.


For teenagers engaged in contact sports such as football or hockey, the benefits of Corneal Refractive Therapy shine. If your student-athlete encounters performance issues during critical games or struggles with classroom visibility, our expert advice leans towards exploring Corneal Refractive Therapy as a viable and advantageous alternative.


Experience freedom from standard eyeglasses throughout the day with Corneal Refractive Therapy, especially beneficial for those leading active lifestyles or engaging in activities where traditional contacts or glasses are impractical. Adults who enjoy activities like riding, swimming, skiing, golfing, or bicycling can now participate without the hassle of contacts or glasses. Moreover, Corneal Refractive Therapy enhances comfort for individuals working in dusty or unclean environments.


For regular contact lens wearers grappling with allergies, dry eyes, or other eye disorders, Corneal Refractive Therapy offers relief from the typical irritations associated with contact lens use. Embrace the freedom and comfort that come with Corneal Refractive Therapy in various aspects of your life.

What to Expect

Once our doctors confirm you as a suitable candidate for corneal refractive therapy, a corneal topographer will measure the curvatures of your corneas. This quick and painless procedure generates a topographical map of your eye’s surface within minutes. Our experts will evaluate the measurement results and design custom lenses tailored specifically for you. In certain cases, achieving the desired prescription may require using a series of up to three lenses. Initially, you may be aware of the lenses before falling asleep, but over time, they become increasingly comfortable until you are no longer conscious of their presence in your eyes.


Apart from the freedom of not wearing traditional glasses or contacts all day, our patients have enthusiastically shared numerous additional benefits of corneal refractive therapy:

Improved Image Sharpness and Clarity

Corneal Refractive Therapy lenses are made precisely to correct for irregular corneal curvature. The lenses increase visual sharpness and clarity by allowing light to enter your eyes more uniformly through a process called abrasion-free surface smoothing.

Instantaneous Effects

After the first night of use, when you wake up and take out your Ortho-K lenses, your vision will improve. You can discontinue using the lenses and return to wearing regular spectacles or get LASIK in the future because the effects of corneal refractive therapy are only temporary.

Feeling of Normalcy

The Ortho-K lenses are only worn at night while you sleep, so you don’t need to wear ordinary eyeglasses during the day. With improved eyesight and a higher sense of normalcy, you may carry out your daily activities without being constrained by traditional spectacles, thanks to this.

Enhanced Quality of Life

Enhance your quality of life with corneal refractive therapy, a low-risk method compared to other correction techniques. Experience improved overall health, increased productivity, and clearer vision in your daily activities.

Are You a Candidate?

Find out if you qualify for Corneal Refractive Therapy when our specialists examine your eyes during your pediatric or annual comprehensive examination. Candidates who are qualified should wear contacts or glasses and have healthy eyes. Corneal Refractive Therapy becomes a desirable alternative if you work in a dusty workplace, have an active lifestyle, or play contact sports. Corneal reshaping has fewer dangers and temporary results compared to LASIK. Those who select Corneal Refractive Therapy can simply stop using the lenses if they decide to go back to using contacts or glasses.

Locations & Doctors

With great pride, Art of Optiks presents a group of distinguished medical professionals committed to providing outstanding optical knowledge and treatment. Prioritizing our patients above all else, we are dedicated to offering exceptional care and comprehensive information about their optical issues. Developing open lines of communication with each patient guarantees that they will feel comfortable and informed at every stage of the process. Every time, our experts promise a remarkable patient experience that is full of camaraderie and fulfillment.


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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