New non-sur­gi­cal treat­ment for short-sighted adults and chil­dren

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If you or your child is short-sighted, there may now be a way to free you from con­tact lenses and glasses without surgery.

Eden Eye Op­tometrists’ corneal re­frac­tive ther­apy – or CRT, is a safe, non-in­va­sive and re­versible process that re­shapes the cornea of the eye us­ing spe­cial ther­a­peu­tic con­tact lenses.

You wear them while you sleep and take them out in the morn­ing. Dur­ing the day your corneas re­tain the flat­tened shape from the night be­fore.

It’s sim­ple, ef­fec­tive and easy – and ideal for those who can’t be both­ered with con­tacts or glasses, as well as any­one in­volved in sports, suf­fer­ing from dry eyes or en­gaged in dusty, dirty ac­tiv­i­ties for which wear­ing con­tacts isn’t fea­si­ble.

“The re­sponse to CRT has been over­whelm­ing, and we’ve helped chil- dren as young as seven,” says Vicky Wang, the op­tometrist at Eden Eye.

“CRT can ac­tu­ally help re­tard the pro­gres­sion of my­opia, which keeps chil­dren out of ‘Coke-bot­tle’ thick lenses by the time they’re teenagers. So the ben­e­fits are im­me­di­ate and long-term.”

To find out if you or your child is el­i­gi­ble for CRT, you’ll want to make an ap­point­ment with Vicky, who will give you an eye exam that will de­ter­mine if you will be a good can­di­date.

In the mean­time, here’s a quick check­list for those con­sid­er­ing CRT:

• Healthy eyes with a de­gree of my­opia – up to mi­nus-6 diop­tres – and astig­ma­tism

• Peo­ple who are not el­i­gi­ble for LSIK re­frac­tive surgery

• Chil­dren and adults with rapidly pro­gress­ing short-sight­ed­ness

• Long-term con­tact lens wear­ers who have de­vel­oped a sen­si­tiv­ity to their lenses.

In ad­di­tion to spe­cial­is­ing in CRT, Eden Eye Op­tometrists is a bou­tique eye­wear shop that fo­cuses on per­sonal at­ten­tion and build­ing re­la­tion­ships with their cus­tomers.

Vicky, who earned her Bach­e­lor’s with Hon­ours and Mas­ter’s with Hon­ours in Op­tom­e­try from Auck­land Uni­ver­sity, is com­mit­ted to the com- mu­nity and to sup­port­ing lo­cal Kiwi sup­pli­ers of frames, lenses and con­tacts.

“We’ve been here for nine years, and we trea­sure ev­ery cus­tomer,” Vicky says. “Each pair of eye­glasses is custom-made. Our qual­ity is out­stand­ing.”

Eden Eye Op­tometrists is lo­cated at 237 Sy­monds St, City. Phone 309 3922 or e-mail info@ eden­eye.co.nz

CRT spe­cial­ist: Book an ap­point­ment with Eden Eye Op­tometrist Vicky Wang.

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