Many patients with vision problems heartily embrace the idea of enjoying vision correction without having to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. Not all of these patients, however, are good candidates for PRK or Lasik surgery, the two standard surgeries used to alter the way the cornea of the eye refracts light. If that describes you, don't fret -- because here at For Your Eyes Only, we offer an advanced corneal reshaping technique known as orthokeratology, or Ortho-K. This non-surgical technique can produce changes to the way your cornea refracts light.
To understand the benefits of Ortho-K, let us first consider how the cornea works. The cornea is a transparent, spherical bulge that sits over the lens of your eye. In addition to protecting the inner parts of the eye, the cornea also performs some lens-like tasks of its own. The shape of cornea causes incoming light rays to be refracted, or bent, in such a way that the lens can focus them into a clear, sharp image before they pass on to the retina and optic nerve. Ultimately, the optic nerve transmits the image to your brain.
Deformations in the shape of the cornea cause refraction to go wrong in various ways, producing the fuzzy images characteristic of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Glasses and contact lens are curved to "pre-refract" incoming light to compensate for your personal degree of corneal deformation. Laser surgery actually corrects the shape of cornea itself, eliminating most of all of the visual errors that might otherwise call for corrective lenses.
Corneal Reshaping While You Sleep
While you might leap at the thought of permanently correcting vision problems, laser surgery isn't always the best eye care option. For instance, if you suffer from thin corneas, untreated cataracts, diabetes, certain autoimmune diseases, or a corneal disease called keratoconus, you should avoid laser eye surgery.
Some of our patients simply don't like the idea of any kind of surgery, or they want a reversible procedure. Orthokeratology may be an ideal choice for these individuals. Dr. Sivan will map the shape of your corneas precisely and then fabricate special contact lenses. Unlike standard contacts, you'll wear these lenses at night. The lenses perform a subtle corneal reshaping as you sleep, meaning that you can take them out the next morning and enjoy perfect or near-perfect vision.
Ortho-K can help you see clearly for one or two days at a time, or possibly even longer. By wearing them regularly at night, you can maintain your clarity of vision for as long as you decide to continue using them. If you decide to use another form of vision correction, simply stop wearing the Ortho-K lenses and your corneas will assume their previous shape once again. Talk to our knowledgeable staff to see whether Ortho-K makes sense for you.
"Exactly what I want from a medical doctor. Staff is friendly, professional,on time. Equipment is modern and clean. Dr. takes the time to listen and explain. Highly recommend this teams services. Wish I had the same experience at other Dr. Offices."Mike S.
"I have dry eyes so I was constantly switching between contacts and glasses (and re-wetting drops every hour). It was such a pain especially for going to the gym! Not having to deal with any of that during the day is life changing! I’m a huge fan, 100% worth the investment. I’m telling all my family and friends!"Katie B.
"DR. SIVAN IMPROVED MY DAUGHTER’S VISION!
Dr. Sivan keeps herself current on all the latest ophthalmic treatments. I can honestly say that it is because of her that my 15 year old daughter’s vision is now 20/20! Before my daughter started treatment with Dr. Sivan last year, her vision was -3.75 and had been progressively getting worse every 6 months, since she was 11 years old. We discussed options, and Dr. Sivan decided that she was a good candidate for CRT contact lenses; the contacts reshape her eyes at night while she sleeps. In the morning, my daughter removes them and doesn’t need to wear any glasses or contacts during the day! She does competition cheer-leading and now she doesn’t have to worry about losing a contact lens while tumbling. Because of this revolutionary treatment, her myopia has improved and stabilized ! We are so thankful for Dr. Sivan and her friendly staff!"Michele T.
"I love this place ..lots of love and great people to take care of you..I feel welcomed here and they give me great service and advice..I been a patient here for over 5 years..."Rachid
"Was referred to Dr. Sivan solely for my interest in getting Ortho K contacts for my 10 year old daughter. Since our first visit, the staff and Dr. Sivan have been nothing but amazing. Dr. Sivan is simply the best in regards to knowledge and professionalism. Each and every visit she has proven to us just how much she cares about her patients. She's personable and she takes her time to explain to us the details of each step along the way. She's top notch in everything she does. The office itself and the office staff's personalities along with Dr. Sivan's are simply adorable. The Ortho K contacts that my daughter wears when she sleeps are magical! She sleeps in them and for the next day her vision is corrected without the need for contacts or glasses. They are a huge life changer! So glad for Dr. Sivan and her expertise with Ortho K contacts! Once you visit Dr. Sivan, I have no doubt you'll not want to ever go anywhere else!”"Misty R.
"I like using the CRT contact lenses because they make school and sports so much easier. Not having to wear contacts or glasses during the day is awesome! I can see 20/20 vision & it is honestly so helpful to me!"Heather C.
"The adjustment to using CRTs instead of glasses took me a little time to get comfortable with, but the improvement to my vision was significant. I can now perform most activities without glasses, including using my phone. After using both reading and progressive glasses for years, I love the freedom of not needing them any longer."Joseph E.
"For Your Eyes Only has amazing customer service and wonderful with children!!! My son and I had a wonderful visit and WILL be going back for our eye exams. I ABSOLUTELY recommend this practice to anyone!!!! The ladies were so sweet."Scott O.