Kids, Sports and Corneal
BY LEDONNA BUCKNER, FCLSA, Richmond, Va.
Children don't always do well with eyeglasses or contact lenses, especially when they ear spectacles under a football or hockey helmet. And baseball, cycling and swimming aren't always conducive to contact lens wear. What's more, children younger than 18 years aren't candidates for refractive surgery, so the best vision correction option for active children with up to -6.00D of myopia and less than 1.75D of astigmatism may be corneal reshaping.
Corneal reshaping uses very high-Dk contact lenses to gently reshape patients' corneas as they sleep. Paragon's Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT), the only corneal reshaping system currently approved for overnight wear by the FDA, uses a series of 100 diagnostic reverse-geometry contact lenses to flatten the central cornea. When a patient removes his lenses in the morning, the cornea retains its flat profile, focusing previously out-of-focus light rays on the retina.
Corneal reshaping is ideal for active patients between 8 and 20 years old who need "corrective-free" vision. Patients adapt to corneal reshaping quickly and maintain good vision during their waking hours. In addition, corneal reshaping is noninvasive, convenient (patients wear lenses for only 6 to 8 hours) and, unlike refractive surgery, is completely reversible.
The next time a young shortstop shows up with broken eyeglasses, consider talking to his parents about corneal reshaping therapy.