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I have heard of vision correction that uses a contact lens

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I have heard of vision correction that uses a contact lens worn at night but not during the day, to re-shape the corner while the wearer is sleeping. Is this dangerous to wear a lens at night? I have very dry eyes, I am concerned about the cornea not getting enough fluid or oxygen if a lens is worn at night. Are there other non-invasive and non-laser types of vision correction? I have about 20/600 (?) without any correction and I do not have astigmatism. Thank you for any further leads or information on types of treatments I could research for vision correction. I'd love to not have to wear glasses and I didn't adjust well to soft lenses.
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Dr. Rick :

That procedure is called orthokeratology. It uses contact lenses that are designed to be worn all night long so, as far as wearing the lenses while you sleep, that is not a huge concern.

Dr. Rick :

Here is a website that promotes this procedure: http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/orthok.htm

Dr. Rick :

There are many patients who are happy with this temporary improvement in their vision. As an ophthalmologist I am concerned about your dry eye issues. Having very dry eyes could put you at a greater risk for a corneal abrasion and possible infection while having the front of your eye temporarily reshaped by the contact lens.

Dr. Rick :

Another type of non-invasive , non-laser vision correction that works very well is.......well.....glasses. lol!

Dr. Rick :

All humor aside, the best way to have be less dependent on glasses nowadays is lasik surgery. Since you have severe dry eyes I would not recommend that you have orthokeratology treatment.

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Does this make sense to you?

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