Gentle Vision Shaping System or Orthokeratology
Do you think you can just sleep your way to excellent vision? At Insight Vision Center Optometry, we certainly think so!
Our Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS), is a revolutionary system that will correct your vision overnight while you sleep, so that during the day you can see clearly without having to wear glasses, contacts or go through laser eye surgery.
It is safe for kids, and has also shown to help slow the progression of myopia (nearsightedness). So for parents that have thick glasses and don’t want your kids to grow up the same, this is a great solution for your family. For you hiking enthusiasts, swimmers, or hardcore video game players this is really an ideal solution for you. Gentle Vision Shaping System is also referred to as corneal reshaping technology or orthokeratology.
How it Orthokeratology Works
Specially designed vision retainer lenses are worn overnight and work by gently and gradually reshaping the front surface of the eye (called the cornea). It’s similar to how a dental retainer from your orthodontist works to straighten your teeth. When you wake up, although you remove the retainer lenses, your eyes will still hold that same shape throughout the day resulting in clear vision without having to wear glasses or contacts. GVSS is successful in correcting nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), or astigmatism up to a certain amount.
Does Orthokeratology Work on All Prescriptions?
The procedure works best on mild to medium amount of myopia (nearsightedness) and/or astigmatism. Higher prescriptions usually take longer to treat but can still be done. Usually, the earlier we perform GVSS on a patient the better results we will get. Hyperopia (farsightedness) can also be treated, but is most successful in mild prescriptions. There is no age limit for GVSS, however we get faster results in children because they have “softer” corneas than adults. Some of our patients can even ditch their bifocals or reading glasses after this treatment despite having presbyopia.
What is Myopia Control and how does Orthokeratology help?
Myopia means “nearsightedness”, when a person can only see up close but can’t see far away without glasses/contacts. Because of the mechanics of the eye and how it changes over time, myopia tends to progress with age and can rapidly change from year to year in a growing child. That is very dangerous to the health of the eye and the chances of blindness increases the higher your myopia progresses. There is a hereditary component to myopia as well, hence it is not uncommon that parents who have high glasses prescriptions may have children susceptible to having high prescriptions as well. GVSS is a great solution for these children because it has shown to slow the progression of myopia, preventing them from having as high prescriptions like their parents. By reshaping the eye, the vision retainer contact lenses help to hold the prescription steady as the child grows. Click here for the LORIC study as well as CRAYON to learn more scientific evidence behind orthokeratology and myopia control.
Complimentary Orthokeratology Consultations
Want to know if orthokeratology is right for you? We offer a complimentary consultation that includes a wavefront corneal map to assess the curvature of your eye and an examination of the health of your cornea. Based upon your eye prescription and corneal curvature, we will be able to determine if you are an ideal candidate for GVSS! Click here to schedule your complimentary consultation now!