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What are Paragon CRT Lenses?

Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses, approved by the FDA in June 2002, are therapeutic contact lenses that gently reshape the cornea while you sleep to correct nearsightedness. Referred to as “Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)" or "Orthokeratology,” Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses are a non-surgical and non-invasive procedure that temporarily corrects nearsightedness up to -6.00 diopters, and mild amounts of astigmatism.

How Do CRT Lenses work?

Benefits of Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses

Wearing Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses while sleeping gives you freedom from wearing daytime contacts or glasses. No more dry, itchy and uncomfortable contact lenses. No hassles and interference of wearing glasses either – just great vision. You, or your child, no longer have to worry about torn lenses, broken frames or contact lens-induced dry eye. Your teen will have confidence knowing they look their best and have great vision throughout school and activities. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of CRT lenses are the role they play in slowing down the development of adolescent myopia (nearsightedness).

Who Wears Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses

Orthokeratology is an great option for nearsighted individuals of any age. Young children who are nearsighted are the most ideal candidates for this procedure, as it is highly effective in managing their vision as they grow. Adults too, may find this to be an ideal option, as vision correction is achieved without the need for contact lens, glasses, or eye surgery.

Children Wear Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses

If your child complains about not being able to see the board in school, they may be experiencing symptoms of nearsightedness (myopia). If you are concerned, you should contact your eye care professional to schedule an eye exam for an exact diagnosis soon. If diagnosed as nearsighted, Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses are an option that may work for your child.

Genetics and Lifestyle

Research indicates there is a genetic component with nearsightedness. However, researchers in Australia found that myopia is most prevalent in societies where children watch TV, play computer games or read instead of playing outside in natural light. Today’s children, and even adults, spend significantly less time outdoors where natural light is up to ten times greater than indoor light – even on a cloudy day. Exposure to natural light causes our bodies to produce a chemical called dopamine known to prevent the eyeball from lengthening which prevents light from focusing directly onto the retina.

Your child may be a candidate for Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses giving them clearer vision during the day without glasses, daytime contact lenses or surgery. With Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses, parents no longer have to worry about their child seeing the board at school clearly, not wearing their glasses, losing or breaking their daytime contacts, glasses or having blurry vision during their favorite after-school activity.

Teenagers Wear Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses

Active teens are great candidates for Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses. Instead of putting on contacts after they wake up, they take them out and see clearly all day long without having to wear daytime contacts or glasses. Teens that are always on the go and involved in after-school activities and sports find not having to wear dry, itchy contact lenses or clunky glasses a great boost to their confidence. They know they can always look and feel their best all day, every day.

By sleeping in Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses, you should see noticeable results during the first few days. Within 7 to 14 days of wearing Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses each night, your cornea should remember the proper shape for the entire day, leaving no need for daytime contacts or glasses. Remember, the results are temporary so if you stop using Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses your corneas will revert to their previous shape.

Adults Wear Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses

Orthokeratology is particularly appealing for people with dry eyes who participate in sports or work in dusty, dirty environments that can make contact lens wear difficult. Because this treatment can be discontinued at any time without permanent change to the eye, people of any age can try the procedure, as long as their eyes are healthy. It takes only 2-3 weeks of non-wear for the eyes to return to their original shape.

Millions of contact lens wearers are frustrated with discomfort, fluctuating vision or experience tired and dry eyes. Contact lens wearers are particularly susceptible to the development of dry eye, with 50-75% of wearers reporting dry eye symptoms. Ultimately, they begin their search for vision alternatives to daytime contact lenses.

Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses eliminate dryness and discomfort associated with daytime contacts because Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses are worn at night while you sleep, and removed before you start your day. Since the lenses are worn only while sleeping, you have freedom and comfort when it matters most – during the day!

Those considering a LASIK surgical procedure are also looking for freedom from the hassles and discomfort of contact lenses and glasses. Similar to LASIK, Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses reshape the front surface of the cornea to provide device-free vision during your waking hours. LASIK may require follow-up surgeries to obtain the desired vision correction, while Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses, on the other hand, are a non-invasive and non-surgical alternative to LASIK.

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