Hurtis Nall started having trouble seeing when he was a teen. His vision got progressively worse over the years. But today, after more than 20 years of depending on glasses and contact lenses, to correct his nearsightedness, he doesn't need them anymore.
"It's a whole different world," Nall says.
Nall had been considering surgery when he heard about a non-surgical, less expensive way to correct his vision.
"I was introduced to this new kind of contact lens, where you wear it at night and once you get up in the morning you take it out, and I have 20-20 vision, and it's great," Nall says.
Ophthalmologist Dr. Edgar Dapremont started offering the lenses shortly after they were approved by the FDA.
"It really does amaze me how well it works, because I would not have been a proponent. I was not really 100 percent sure that it would work as well as it has," Dapremont says.
How they work is pretty basic. The lenses reshape the eye to help the patient see better the next day.
"Most gas permeable contacts fit the eye perfectly. These are designed to fit the eye a little tighter than normal, so over a period of time it causes the surface of the eye to gently migrate away from the periphery, causing the edges of the cornea to become flatter," Dapremont says.
Patients have to wear the lenses every night, and the results are temporary.
"If they stop wearing them, the eye will return to its normal shape. But it's a viable option for patients who don't want to have the surgery," Dapremont says.
It's an option Nall is glad he had. Losing his dependency on glasses has helped him at home and work.
"It's great. You can respond to an object and pinpoint your work a lot easier and a lot faster. It makes you feel more confident, being able to see," Nall says.
These lenses are to help people who are nearsighted. It unfortunately won't help people who need reading glasses. Talk to your doctor to find out if you're a candidate, and click here to find out more about this new technology.