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11/18/02

Sleep Your Way to Better Vision

If you ask Joni Procter if she likes wearing glasses or contacts, she'll tell you no, because they aren't conducive to life on a ranch.

"The dirt is blowing , the wind drying your eyes out, allergies, all sorts of things make it difficult to wear contacts," she said.

Joni wanted better vision, but didn't want to go under the knife or lasers.

"I was afraid to do surgery, " she said, " because it is a permanent thing. If something happens you're kind of stuck."

That's when her doctor, Pat McGonigall told her about orthokeratology, or ortho-k for short.

"Not only does it reverse what they already got (bad vision) but it keeps it from getting any worse."

All you have to do is put in a contact lens overnight. In the morning you take them out and your vision can be corrected for 24 to 48 hours.

The contact lens reshapes your cornea.

Ortho-k contacts work great for kids too. His patient Theresa Black, a senior in high school, says it's helped her see better immediately.

"It was a amazing, I didn't need glasses or anything. It was like wow, I can see everything.

Joni got ortho-k contacts too. Now she see perfectly and she says she'll keep using ortho-k until the cows come home.

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