Charlotte doctors use nighttime lenses to correct vision

Sure, we know about Lasik surgery, but there's another way to correct your vision without the procedure, and it's being done right here in Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Imagine a world where you don't have to deal with wearing glasses, or daytime contacts for your eyes. Sure, we know about Lasik surgery, but there's another way to correct your vision without the procedure, and it's being done right here in Charlotte.

Jordana Weiner isn't wearing glasses or daytime contacts.

"I can see you, I can even see across the street," Weiner said. "I certainly like it. It makes my life easier."

Her vision gets a boost when her eyes aren't even open through orthokeratology treatment. Before she goes to bed, she puts in the lenses. When she wakes up in the morning she takes them out, and her vision is clear, all day.

"There have been nights where I've forgotten to put them in and I'm still able to see the next day," Weiner said.

Doctor Morris Sheffer at "My Eye Doctor" in Charlotte says Ortho-K has been around for years, but has grown in popularity recently.

"As we do more smartphones, more computer things, kids' eyes are getting more nearsighted at an earlier age," Sheffer said.

Since kids can't get Lasik surgery until they're 21, it's easy to see why Ortho-K is a popular choice. So, how does the nighttime contact work on the cornea?

"If you can push it back some, you'll make the eye not as long," Sheffer said. "So, it's the same thing that Lasik does. You take tissue from the front part of the eye and just reposition it."

Sheffer says the kids who try it can't believe their eyes.

"Next morning they take them off and they can see and it's like, 'Woah! How'd that happen?'"

Convenience isn't cheap: My Eye Doctor charges $1,500 for the fitting and first pair of contacts, which last a year. Then they charge $150 per lense the second time around. Regardless of the price, the new option is an eye-opener.

"It's a neat procedure," Sheffer said. "Very rewarding."


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