Being nearsighted is the most common vision problem in the world. The condition, which is known as myopia, is defined as being able to see objects close-up clearly, while those that are further away appear blurred. Myopia can be corrected using prescription glasses or contact lenses, but many people are frustrated by the limitations of these solutions. Laser vision correction is another alternative, but some patients are concerned about the finality of the procedure and many are simply not good candidates for the process. Fortunately, there is another option that is non-invasive, painless and simple. It is known as the Gentle Vision Shaping System or GVSS.
The Gentle Vision Shaping System is a type of orthokeratology (ortho-k) treatment that is designed to both enable patients to see clearly during the day without using corrective glasses or contact lenses, and to prevent the progression of myopia.
It works by gently reshaping the eye while you sleep. This is done through wearing special contact lenses that are safe to be worn overnight and are custom designed specifically for your eyes. While you sleep, the lenses place light pressure onto the cornea to force it into a more regular shape. The gas-permeable material used to create them means that sufficient oxygen can reach the eyes, keeping them healthy and comfortable. When you wake the next day, simply remove the lenses and go about your day as usual.
GVSS enables a progressive improvement in your vision. You may be able to see more clearly after just one session of wearing your lenses. However, in most cases, patient vision will continue to improve the longer that you wear your GVSS lenses. Optimal results enable patients to see clearly for up to 24 hours at a time without prescription lenses. However, the effects of GVSS are completely reversible. If you stop wearing the lenses, your vision will return to how it was before, usually within a few days.
Preventing your eyesight from deteriorating and your myopia from progressing should be an important consideration for most patients. Studies have found that patients with moderate to severe myopia are more likely to go on to develop other ocular health conditions that could jeopardize your long-term vision. These include glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and retinal detachment.
Research has shown that extended use of GVSS and other orthokeratology solutions can help to slow or halt the progression of myopia, effectively reducing your risk of developing these conditions.
Many parents are concerned about myopia in their children. The number of children being diagnosed with myopia is increasing every year, with many experts attributing this to the increased time spent indoors and in front of computer or smartphone screens, rather than outside. Whatever the reason for this increase, there is a sense of urgency about getting childhood myopia under control as early as possible to limit the risk to their future vision. Fortunately, GVSS and other orthokeratology solutions are suitable for patients of all ages, including children as young as 8 or 9.
If you have questions about myopia control or if you would like to discover if you are a suitable candidate for the Gentle Vision Shaping System, please contact Eye Care North in Cave Creek, AZ today by calling 480-781-4446.