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4/16/08--Tyler

Better Vision While You Sleep

For Melody DuBose, helping people see better is just another day at the office.  And for Melody seeing better has helping her live a better life.

"I was wearing glasses and contacts for about 20 years," she said.  "I was always told corrective surgery was not an option."

Thanks to a little contact lens, Melody has been seeing the world through like-new eyes.

"Without any corrective lenses, my vision was about a 21-60," she said.  She said after a week of trying a new technique her vision improved to 20-30.

It's called orthokeratology--a non-surgical answer to people with near-sighted vision that you wear while you sleep.

Dr. Josh Hooper with Advanced Eye Care said the lenses give patients an alternative from Lasik because it's not a permanent procedure.  "It also frees them up during the day, especially if they're into recreation," he said.

Think of it as braces for your eye.  People who are near-sighted have a very steep curve at the top of their corneas.  Wearing the lenses at night, gently flattens that curve, thus making it easier to focus and see the next day. 

"The cornea is very important because it's the first surface that light contacts," said Hooper.  "If we can manipulate the shape of the cornea we can allow the light to be bent more clearly."

And Hooper's not only a doctor, he's also a client. "I do play golf and things of that nature, and to me it has been a benefit."

So now, helping people see could be as simple as getting a good night's rest.

The procedure costs about $1500, but that includes the lenses, appointment fees, and fittings.

For more information, go to Know More on 7, and click the "Ortho-K Contact Lenses" link.

Layron Livingston, Reporting  llivingston@kltv.com

 

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