Corneal Refractive Therapy Specialist

Dr. Gottlieb Optometry

Optometry & Medical & General Optometrists located in Del Amo/Palo Verde, Lakewood, CA

If you experience nearsightedness, or difficulty seeing distant objects clearly, but you’d like to avoid wearing contacts or glasses during the day, corneal refractive therapy (CRT®) might be the treatment you’ve been searching for. At Dr. Gottlieb Optometry, with two locations in Lakewood, California, the expert vision team offers CRT lenses you can wear while you sleep to correct nearsightedness or astigmatism. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gottlieb Optometry over the phone or online to learn more about corneal refractive therapy.

Corneal Refractive Therapy

What is CRT?

CRT is a vision treatment that corrects nearsightedness or astigmatism by reshaping corneas in your eyes while you sleep. During treatment, you wear rigid gas permeable contact lenses each night. You might not have to wear contacts or glasses during the day, which is a benefit many patients enjoy. CRT treatment can prevent vision problems from worsening over time, even in children.

Am I a good candidate for CRT?

To determine if you’re a good candidate for CRT, your optometrist completes a comprehensive eye exam, including tests that detect eye diseases and determine your vision prescription. If you have mild to moderate nearsightedness or astigmatism, CRT might be a good option for you.

However, CRT might not be a good fit if you have eye inflammation, frequent eye infections, a systemic disease, allergies, dry eyes, or irritated eyes. 

What should I expect during CRT treatment?

After an eye exam, your eye doctor orders CRT lenses and ensures they fit properly. You place the lenses in your eyes at night before bed, so they can reshape your cornea while you sleep.

When you wake up each morning, remove CRT lenses from your eyes and store them in a special multipurpose contact solution during the day. You might notice improvements in your vision right away, with optimal results appearing over time. After a week or two of CRT treatment, you shouldn’t need to wear contacts or glasses during the day.

How long should I wear CRT lenses?

CRT is a long-term treatment, as your vision may worsen if you stop wearing CRT lenses. Dr. Gottlieb Optometry specialists closely monitor your progress and make changes to your vision prescription whenever necessary.

If you decide CRT is no longer for you and would like to discuss other vision correction options, such as daily-use contacts, glasses, or laser correction surgery, the Dr. Gottlieb Optometry team is here for you. They develop a personalized vision treatment plan you’re comfortable with.

Don’t settle for wearing contacts or glasses during the day if it’s inconvenient. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gottlieb Optometry over the phone or online to find out if you’re a good candidate for corneal refractive therapy.