At Beyond 2020 Vision Specialists, we are thrilled to serve the communities of Tampa and Odessa, FL with exceptional optometry care. Our primary Odessa team of two optometry professionals, Dr. Christopher Tumolo and Dr. Vicky Than, are deeply committed to providing our patients with the highest quality of service and care, and we take great pride in delivering an experience that is truly memorable. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.
Part 1: Corneal Refractive Therapy for Adults
Welcome to Beyond 2020 Vision Specialists’ blog series on Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT), an innovative and non-surgical approach to improving vision. In this first part, we’ll focus on how CRT can benefit adults who are hesitant about LASIK surgery but desire the freedom. A non-surgical LASIK option exists! Dr. Christopher Tumolo, OD, LDO, the head doctor at Beyond 2020 Vision Specialists, will provide a clear understanding of CRT and its advantages.
What is Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)?
Corneal Refractive Therapy, often referred to as “corneal reshaping” or “overnight vision correction,” is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that uses specially designed corneal retainers to temporarily reshape the cornea while you sleep. This reshaping corrects nearsightedness (myopia) and allows you to enjoy clear vision during the day without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
Advantages for Adults who don’t want to go under the knife
If you’re an adult with stable vision and have considered LASIK but your nervous about surgery, CRT offers several benefits as an alternative intervention:
Understanding the Pathology of Myopia
Let’s cover the potential risks associated with untreated myopia. Myopia is a condition where distant objects appear blurry due to the elongation of the eyeball. As myopia progresses, it increases the risk of eye-related pathologies:
Data and Statistics
Consider these statistics:
High myopia increases the risk of retinal detachment by up to 44 times compared to non-myopic individuals.
The prevalence of glaucoma is nearly 3 times higher in people with high myopia.
The risk of myopic maculopathy is estimated to be 20 times greater in individuals with high myopia.
Understanding these risks underscores the importance of managing myopia, especially in children. Stay tuned for Part 2 of our blog series, where we’ll delve into how Corneal Refractive Therapy can be a game-changer for kids seeking myopia control.
Remember, choosing the right vision correction method is a personal decision. Only consult with certified CRT specialists like Dr. Tumolo or Dr. Than at Beyond 2020 Vision Specialists. Our eye care professionals will determine if CRT is suitable for you.