Corneal Refractive Therapy
The world of eye care is one of the fastest-evolving fields in medicine today. Never before have there been so many new techniques and scientific breakthroughs. Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) is a safe, non-surgical contact lens procedure to reduce or eliminate blurred vision caused by nearsightedness and astigmatism. It dramatically improves the natural vision. CRT was developed in 1962 and has provided corrective care to thousands of patients through this therapeutic application of contact lenses. A series of special lenses is fit in stages to gently reshape the cornea and improve vision without surgery or damage to the cornea.
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The CRT Program
On the first day of your procedure you should arrive at the office as rested and relaxed as possible. Don’t wear make-up for your initial fitting. It may interfere with the cleanliness of the procedure. Expect this visit to last approximately one hour. The new contact lenses will be placed on your eyes by your doctor or an assistant. You will have an adaptation period of 10 to 20 minutes. During this time, you will feel a slight awareness of the lens on the lid and eye much like an eyelash. Your eyes may tear in response. You will be instructed in the proper method of lens insertion and removal and the hygiene associated with cleaning the lenses. You will be given all the solution and instructions necessary to handle this at home. During this instruction, you will need to demonstrate proficiency with insertion, removal, and centering of your lenses. The doctor will then discuss your lens-wearing schedule with you.
Results vary from person to person, so it is not always possible to predict your exact
response to this therapy. Myopia, or nearsightedness of mild or moderate degrees (20/200 or better), usually can be corrected to 20/20-20/30. Higher degrees of myopia may gain dramatic improvement, allowing that person to function without lenses. Astigmatism of moderate amounts can also be reduced or eliminated, enhancing visual performance. With the new advanced computerized designs, and manufacturing equipment, better and faster results are obtained. The contact lens materials have also made technological advances, allowing better safety and retention. At the conclusion of this examination your vision will be somewhat light sensitive and you will be given special sunglasses to resume your normal activities in a couple of hours.