At Gilbert Eyecare, we have the best looking frames to fit every person’s sense of style. But we also understand that some of you would like the option to move away from glasses. For those people, have you ever thought what it would feel like to not wear glasses or contact lenses during the day? There are options out there, like Vision Shaping Treatment (VST), that some patients could be prime candidates to try.
Visual Shaping Treatment (VST) is AKA Orthokeratology and Corneal Reshaping Technology. It uses specially designed contact lenses that gradually and safely reshape the cornea. The cornea is the clear front surface of the eye that covers the colored part of the eye.
The contact lenses act like retainers worn overnight. By the next morning, the patient can take the lenses out and have clear vision all day without having to wear glasses or contacts. VST does not damage the cornea, flatten it, or cause thinning, rather it reshapes the cornea by adjusting the fluid dynamics. VST is more cost-effective than refractive surgeries like LASIK and is completely reversible if a patient ever wants to discontinue the treatment.
VST can also be used in younger patients as a form of “Myopia Control.” This is especially used on patients who have parents with high nearsighted (myopic) prescriptions and want to prevent their kids from following suit. They can wear these lenses at night and not only will they see clearly during the day without correction, but doing so slows the process of becoming more nearsighted.
The alternative to VST is to have a refractive surgery like LASIK or PRK. These procedures involve a LASER etching and reshaping the center of the cornea to adjust the power such that patients will no longer need glasses.
Come to Gilbert Eyecare for a VST or LASIK consultation, and we can determine if you would be a candidate!