Gentle Molding Eye Procedure Is Alternative to Lasik Surgery
(Best Syndication News) You may not need to undergo surgery to correct your vision, according to doctors in the United States (see videos below). Gentle Molding (GM) is a non-surgical procedure that molds the cornea into the proper shape while you sleep.
Like Lasik, Gentle Molding reshapes your eye, but unlike Lasik there is no need for surgery. If you have wanted to get rid of glasses and contacts but were hesitant to undergo laser surgery, this technique may be for you. The method uses therapeutic contact lenses to improve nearsightedness, farsightedness, and even astigmatism.
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Rather than wear contacts during the day to correct vision, patients wear the contacts during the night when they sleep. One major advocate of the procedure, Dr. Gary White, says that Gentle Molding is not any more dangerous than wearing regular contact lenses.
Costs and Course
Dr. Joe B Collins, author of the book “Gentle Molding”, says that patients need to be screened to determine whether they are good candidates. After that the cornea is measured to create a prescription for treatment.
The doctor will then order your lenses and it will take about a week to get them. The cost of the lenses is dependant on your prescription and will range in price from $2,800 to $4,600. Your insurance may cover the lenses if you have Keratoconus. Financing may also be available.
After the lenses are dispensed, the patient is told to sleep with them on and come in the next morning with them on for an evaluation of the fit. White says “If the patient is not fully corrected yet after just this one night of sleeping in the GMA’s, then they will be given some disposable soft contact lenses to wear during the day until they no longer need them.” The patient then comes back about a week later. Most patients are corrected within a week.
If the vision is not corrected after one week, then they are brought in for a “re-evaluation” with a new prescription. Although the patients may not need to wear contacts during the day, they continue to wear the Gentle Molding ones at night.
After about one month the lenses may become too tight. The doctor will schedule a visit for that time to check for tightness and eye health.
Patients will continue to wear the appliances (GM contacts) for about three months. After that they are reevaluated to determine how frequently they need to be worn. In some cases the patient may only need them once a week. The next visit after that will be at the 6 month period. After that they will return once a year.
According to White, the lenses will need to be replaced every two or three years.
The eye can not be corrected with certainty. According to the website: “Some doctors talk about the percentage of patients who achieve 20/20 vision after the treatment, while others present data on the number of patients who achieve 20/40 vision or better. It is important for you to understand that the expected outcome, no matter how expressed, is not to be taken as a guarantee of a particular result for you.”
There are risks involved and nearly everyone’s eyesight will change with time. Due to age, most adults will need some reading glasses eventually. But there are other outside factors that can effect vision progression, including age, eye growth in children, and close work.
There is a risk of eye infections with all contact lenses. If this does occur you may need to discontinue use until the infection clears up. Proper hygiene can help prevent infections.
Originally designed to treat nearsightedness (myopia) and astigmatism, the lenses can now be used to correct the vision for those patients suffering from presbyopia (near-point loss due to age), hyperopia (far-sightedness) and patients who have suffered from Lasik post surgical complications.
There is good news for lazy eye patients who receive early treatment for hyperopia. They may be able to avoid conditions like strabismus (crossed eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eyes).
By Jeffrey Workman
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