Corneal Refractive Therapy Edina MN - Art of Optiks
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Corneal Refractive Therapy

If you or a loved one are tired of wearing traditional eyewear such as glasses or contacts, our doctors can provide you with an outstanding alternative to improve your quality of life. While LASIK is still a popular option, Corneal Refractive Therapy is available to patients of all ages to slowly improve their vision at night while sleeping. This procedure isn’t permanent, meaning you can easily transition back to traditional eyewear or get LASIK later in life. Our doctors want you to be comfortable in your daily life and activities. If you’re interested in pursuing Corneal Refractive Therapy, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our talented doctors.

Here at Art of Optiks, we strive to provide you with excellent corneal refractive therapy consultations and services. Our doctors will become familiar with your eyes and get to know you, so we can help you choose the most comfortable vision solution for your lifestyle. With our extensive years of service in the eyecare industry, we will provide you with a pleasant, informative experience to meet all your needs regarding Corneal Refractive Therapy.

What is Corneal Refractive Therapy?

Corneal Refractive Therapy or Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) is a technology used by eye doctors to change a patient’s prescription without performing surgery on the eye(s). It is typically used to correct myopia or nearsightedness and, in some cases, astigmatism. Our Edina eye doctors require patients to wear rigid, gas permeable contact lenses at night to slowly reshape the cornea over time. Upon walking up, the lenses can be removed, and you will be able to see clearly, no longer requiring contacts or glasses during the day. The Art of Optiks Edina doctors will decide if you’re an eligible candidate during a comprehensive eye exam. They will also be able to identify which type of corneal reshaping lenses are the best fit for you.

Children and Teenagers

Your vision can change quickly, especially among those who wear glasses at a young age. Parents often become concerned that their children will need a stronger prescription since their vision will continue to change. Corneal Refractive Therapy can be an excellent treatment option for children to help prevent or slow the progression of nearsightedness or myopia. Children who use this treatment have experienced less vision decline than those who wear contact lenses or glasses instead. 

One reason Corneal Refractive Therapy can be so great for kids and teenagers is that it can help them with vision during school and sports. Our Edina eye doctors encourage Corneal Refractive Therapy for teenagers who play contact sports like football or hockey, or any child who has trouble seeing the board during school. Corneal Refractive Therapy can be a great alternative option in these cases. 

Adults

Corneal Refractive Therapy can eliminate the need for conventional eyewear in adults, which is perfect for those who live an active lifestyle or enjoy activities that are not conducive to traditional eyewear like glasses or contacts. You can enjoy golfing, skiing, biking, or swimming without having to worry about your eyewear getting in the way or falling out. Adults that work in a dirty or dusty environment can also benefit from Corneal Refractive Therapy. It can even relieve the irritation that’s commonly associated with regular contact lenses, such as dry eye, allergies, and some other conditions. Contact the team at our Edina eye clinic to learn more about how Corneal Refractive Therapy can help you live your best life while caring for your vision needs. 

What to Expect

After our Edina doctors have determined that you’re a good fit for Corneal Refractive Therapy, a corneal topographer will be used to measure the curvatures of your corneas. This procedure is painless and only takes a few minutes. By creating a topographical map of your eye’s surface, our doctors can have custom lenses designed specifically for your eyes. You might need a series of up to three lenses to reach the desired prescription in some cases. You will likely notice that the lenses are in place before falling asleep when you first wear the lenses. Over time they will become more comfortable, and you won’t notice their presence in your eyes.

Benefits

There are many additional benefits of Corneal Refractive Therapy aside from no longer worrying about traditional glasses or contact lenses, including several our patients have shared with us:

Improved Image Sharpness and Clarity

Corneal Refractive Therapy lenses are designed to modify your corneas by flattening the irregular curves. Upon doing this, the light rays that enter your eyes will be more evenly distributed, resulting in sharper images and clarity.

Feeling of Normalcy

The Ortho-K lenses only have to be worn at night while you sleep, meaning you don’t have to worry about traditional eyewear anymore. You can go about your day with improved vision and an increased feeling of normalcy.

Instantaneous Effects

After the first night of wearing the Ortho-K lenses, you will notice improved vision. Corneal Refractive Therapy results are not permanent, meaning you can stop using the lenses if you want to transition back to traditional eyewear or get LASIK in the future.

Enhanced Quality of Life

Your quality of life will be improved with Corneal Refractive Therapy, as this procedure is very low risk compared to other corrective methods. You can maintain your overall health, accomplish daily tasks more efficiently, and see the world clearly.

Are You a Candidate?

During your annual comprehensive eye exam or pediatric eye exam in the Edina clinic, our doctors will be able to decide if you’re a good candidate for Corneal Refractive Therapy. Patients must already be dependent on glasses or contact lenses in their daily lives and have healthy eyes. Corneal Refractive Therapy is perfect for anyone with an active lifestyle, those who play contact sports, or anyone working in a dusty environment. The effects of corneal reshaping are temporary and carry minimal risk, unlike LASIK. Candidates that decide to go with Corneal Refractive Therapy can stop wearing the lenses if they want to transition back to contacts or glasses at any time.

Edina Location + Doctors

Art of Optiks has brought together a group of award-winning doctors that are passionate about providing each patient with excellent optical expertise and care. Here at Art of Optiks, our patients are our top priority, and we strive to deliver outstanding service and extensive education when it comes to their optical conditions. Our team creates transparent relationships with every patient, so they’re informed and comfortable every step of the way. With gratification and solidarity, our doctors will provide you with an outstanding optimal customer experience every time.

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.