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Most of us with vision issues are sick and tired of the usual way to help correct our sight: Glasses, daytime contacts, mono vision and more readers than you can remember. Surgical solutions have risks and disrupt visual performance which may not
be right for you. If you are ready for an easier solution, Gentle Molding is the answer you have been looking for.
Some benefits to consider:
• For both children and adults
• Only wear them at night
• Non-surgical therapeutic improvement of myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia and astigmatism
• Free from surgical risk, convenient and doesn’t disrupt visual performance
• No cutting of the cornea
• Effective results seen prior to age 18
• No corneal scarring
• No glare and flare at night
• Several recent studies (Loric, Crayon) have shown therapeutic Gentle Molding designs are effective at controlling the axial length elongation of the eyeball found in progressive myopia in adolescents
• Less expensive than refractive surgery in many cases
• Lifestyle friendly
• Occupational need for unaided vision may be met
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This occurs when the curvature of the cornea is too steep and/or the length of the eye is too long. As light rays pass through the steeper central cornea, they are refracted too much and come to a point of focus in front of the retina. This creates a blurred image. People with myopia experience blurred vision at a distance but may see well up close. Normal eyesight is achieved when light is redirected to strike the retina, causing a clear image to form. The curvature of the cornea and the axial length of the eyeball are responsible for myopia. Gentle Molding lenses improve myopia by reducing the curvature of the cornea. Myopia has been growing in incidence over the last century and is expected to involve half the world’s population by the year 2020 (World Health Organization (WHO)). This has caused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to view myopia as an epidemic. Myopia is a very real threat, causing serious sight-threatening conditions (retinal detachments, glaucoma) in otherwise healthy individuals. Several recent studies (LORIC, Crayon) have shown therapeutic Gentle Molding™ designs are effective at controlling the axial length elongation of the eyeball found in progressive myopia in adolescents. The earlier a child can begin Gentle Molding™ the better.
This occurs when the curvature of the cornea is too flat and/or the length of the eye is too short. As the light rays pass through the flat cornea, they are refracted too little and come to a point of focus behind the retina. This creates a blurred image which can be adjusted by trying to focus the eye, much like what happens when we focus on images at close up viewing. This constant strain of trying to focus vision can result in headaches and underachievement in school and the workplace. Hyperopia can be accompanied by strabismus (crossed eye) or even amblyopia (lazy eye). Gentle Molding lenses are used to improve low to moderate cases of farsightedness by increasing the curvature of the cornea. With only night wear, most individuals suffering from farsightedness can now experience improved vision all day long.
Many patients with hyperopia and myopia have some degree of astigmatism. This means that the cornea, rather then being completely round in shape like a ball, may be slightly oval and shaped more like the side view of a football. People with astigmatism experience blurred vision and sometimes distortion or tilting of images due to unequal bending of the rays of light entering their eye. In astigmatism, light entering the eye focuses in multiple areas rather then in one location. High degrees of astigmatism will cause blurred vision for both far and near objects. For example, the image observed on the backside of a spoon is quite distorted and demonstrates a very high degree of astigmatism. Astigmatism often causes eyestrain and headaches, as well as blurred vision. Due to recent technological advances in lens design, Gentle Molding therapeutic lenses can improve high degrees of astigmatism.
Reduce Dependency on Readers, Bifocals, Trifocals and Multifocals
The loss of near point due to age is called presbyopia or “old eyes.” The condition is thought to be caused by the loss of tensile strength of the zonules, which control the lens (focus) of the eye. As baby boomers age, more of them will find the need for additional help at close work. Gentle Molding therapeutic progressive mold designs add a special progressive zone to the corneal re-shaping effect that can now reduce your dependency on glasses.
What is Gentle Molding™?
GM is short for Gentle Molding. This specialty contact lens design provides a non-surgical option for the management and reduction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia (need for readers or multifocals).
How does it work?
The Gentle Molding lens is custom designed for each patient. By using a corneal topographer, 7,000 to 9,000 different points across the cornea are mapped and processed by a computer. This data includes what is called the eccentricity or slope of the cornea. The central cornea has the most curvature (or steepness) and as you move away from the central cornea toward the peripheral cornea, the curvature gradually flattens. This degree of flattening in the peripheral cornea gives us the “eccentricity value” of the cornea. Special software uses this information along with other data found in your exam to design a pair of contact lenses that could gradually and gently reshape the front curve of the eye; thus reducing your nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia (need for readers or bifocals) and/or astigmatism.
Is this a new procedure?
No. As a matter of fact, the safety and advantages of corneal molding have been known to doctors and patients for over 40 years. These benefits, however, depend on the doctor’s ability to perform an exacting diagnosis to include precise measurement of the corneal shape. Modern advances in computer technology and diagnostic instrumentation has made Gentle Molding more accurate and affordable. Today’s corneal topographers, which precisely measure and map a patients cornea, as well as major advances in corneal molding lens design, have dramatically improved the effectiveness and affordability of this procedure.
What are the contact lenses made of?
Gentle Molding lenses are made from a “super oxygen permeable” material to allow the greatest amount of oxygen to reach the front of your eye.
When will I notice results?
Simply wear your special Gentle Molding lenses while you sleep. Most visual changes occur rapidly in the first few days and weeks. Stabilization procedures then follow over the next few months. Once your eyes are stabilized, you maintain your improved eyesight while wearing the retainer lenses described above while you sleep.
When do you wear the lenses?
The lenses are designed to be worn while you sleep. The goal is to reduce your dependency on eyeglasses or contacts during the daytime. A minimum of eight hours of wear per night is typical. The amount of wear can be lessened with weaker prescriptions.
Does corneal molding have advantages over RK or LASIK surgery?
Yes. Gentle Molding costs about the same as laser surgery; does not involve post-operative pain; nor does it leave the hazy vision often experienced by patients following laser surgery. There is no loss of Bowman’s membrane (the tough, protective layer just under the corneal surface), and both eyes are treated together, rather than several weeks or months apart. Above all, the Gentle Molding procedure is REVERSIBLE. Surgery
is not! Surgery only offers “monovision,” i.e. one eye for near vision and the other eye for far vision. Gentle Molding offers the most desired multi-focal effect: two eyes for both far and for near.
Who is a good candidate for this lens?
A patient of just about any age can wear these lenses. Whereas laser corrective surgery requires patients to be over 21; Gentle Molding is most effective for nearsighted prescriptions in the range of -1.00 diopter to 9.00 diopters, but higher values have been treated successfully. Astigmatism values respond best when less than 2.50 diopters, however up to 6.00 diopters have been successfully treated. The other critical factor is the slope or eccentricity value of the cornea. There must be enough slope to the cornea to ensure that the degree of corneal flattening will be adequate to remove the unwanted nearsightedness and/or astigmatism. The eccentricity or slope factor is calculated by a corneal topographer.
Why haven’t I heard about Gentle Molding™?
The practice of Gentle Molding requires a great deal of technical skill, specialized equipment and considerably more office time. Many practitioners don’t consider myopia control worth the time and effort. If a doctor is not trained in Gentle Molding, it is easier to offer contact lenses, glasses, or refractive surgery to correct vision.
What does it cost?
The cost normally ranges from $2800 to $4950 for both eyes, but the exact cost depends on your prescription. This includes all of the office visits necessary and any changes in the contact lenses that the doctor orders for you. Also, your doctor will provide glasses and or daytime contact lenses until they are no longer needed.
I’ve had a Lasik or RK mishap. Will Gentle Molding work for me?
Each patient is different but there are some wonderful results even after surgical mishaps have occurred. Let your Gentle Molding doctor give you the final word.