What is Corneal Molding?
It is a specialty program designed to reduce or eliminate myopia (near-sightedness) and astigmatism (irregular eye surface). This procedure utilizes a highly customized contact lens (corneal mold) to gently and safely change the surface of the eye while you sleep in order to naturally improve vision.
How long does Corneal Molding take?
What are the benefits of Corneal Molding?
How does Corneal Molding compare with Laser vision surgery?
What about using Corneal Molding with children?
What is necessary to proceed?
The lenses are made of a highly oxygen permeable material. When the molds arrive from the lab you are contacted for a dispensing visit (this is usually in a couple of days). It is at this time that you will learn how to apply and remove the molds. You will also be taught how to care for the molds. After wearing the molds for one hour, they are removed and vision is checked. Many will see 20/20!
Dramatic improvements are usually seen. Most of the visual improvements occur in the first few days to weeks. As the molds begin to do their magic, we are monitoring eye health regularly. After maximum results are achieved, retainer molds are worn to maintain the new eye shape. The amount of wearing time of these lenses varies with the individual case. The goal is for the patient to be free of contacts or glasses for the majority or all of their waking hours, while enjoying improved vision.
What are the Fees?
The fees for corneal molding varies depending on your prescription. Neither laser vision surgery nor orthokeratology is covered by insurance. This is because these procedures are defined as cosmetic. However Corneal Molding is significantly less than laser vision surgery.
Ortho-K is a safe and effective procedure for vision improvement. Studies conducted at major universities, including UC-Berkeley and San Diego, found the procedure to be safe, without harmful side effects and effective. Click here for a current research study on Corneal Molding
Today, with advanced technology and new materials, molding can be completed within days to weeks.
Technology is the difference between regular and accelerated orthokeratology.
Very severe degrees of myopia may not be able to be completely corrected with ortho-k. Your particular case will need to be evaluated. Patients respond uniquely insofar as how quickly and completely their eyes react to reshaping - success cannot be guaranteed. Some patients are unable to wear contact lenses due to various health problems.
For the right patient, corneal molding is a wonderful technological breakthrough.
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