What Makes Paragon CRT® Different from Conventional Contact Lenses?

Posted by charle on September 11th, 2019

It is reported that 42 percent of Americans between the ages of 12 and 54 are nearsighted.[1] Nearsightedness, also clinically known as myopia can come on gradually or quickly but often gets worse during childhood and adolescence. While it tends to run in families, nearsightedness can be developed by anyone.

 Blurred vision when looking at distant objects is the classic symptom of nearsightedness, but when it comes on gradually you, or your child, may not notice changes in vision right away. Nearsightedness can sometimes go undetected, especially in younger children who may perceive how they see is how everyone sees. However, there are other symptoms that accompany blurred vision that you may start to notice in your children, other family members, or yourself that can tip you off. Some of the most common nearsighted symptoms include:

  • Blurred vision when looking at faraway objects
  • Frequent or constant squinting
  • Difficulty seeing while driving at night
  • Sitting closer to the TV, chalkboard, etc. (out of necessity)
  • Excessive blinking
  • Excessive eye rubbing
  • Unaware of objects in the distance

Once people recognize that their vision is impaired, most visit an eye doctor where they may be diagnosed with myopia and given a prescription for corrective lenses. If you begin to notice symptoms of myopia in yourself or a family member, it’s a good idea to get a checkup as soon as possible.

Two of the most popular nearsighted treatment options are glasses and daytime contact lenses. Depending on your lifestyle, one may be a better option for you, but it is estimated that 45 million Americans wear contact lenses.[2] And while daytime contact lenses are a good solution to nearsightedness, there are other treatment options like Paragon CRT® overnight contact lenses that may be an even better fit for you.

How Conventional Contact Lenses Work

Contact lenses are small, thin, flexible, round lenses that you place over the surface of the eye. Contacts work by balancing out the eye’s blurry vision through a specific prescription. Contacts alter rays of light to help light focus properly on the retina, so different diopters (or lens powers) will be prescribed based on how the eye focuses light without corrective lenses.

Contact lenses stick to the eye and follow movement; they are intended to be worn throughout the day to counteract blurry vision and help you see clearly while you are awake and going about your daily routine. Daytime contact lenses need to be removed at night when going to sleep to avoid complications or problems with eye health.

How Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses Work

Paragon CRT® contact lenses are FDA approved for overnight wear.[3] Paragon CRT® lenses are worn at night, while you sleep, and gently reshape the cornea to help you focus rays of light correctly. In the morning, the lenses are removed and you can see clearly without glasses or daytime contacts.

Are Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses a Good Fit for You?

Nearsightedness is a difficult and frustrating condition, and although there are common treatment options that can help with the symptoms, they may not be the best treatment options for you. If glasses do not work with your regular lifestyle, contacts irritate your eyes, you don’t want to have to wear lenses to see during the day, or you are not interested in or do not qualify for surgery, then Paragon CRT® contact lenses may be a perfect fit for you. Find a Paragon CRT® certified eye doctor near you to find out if your future can be glasses and daytime contacts free.

[1] U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. National Institutes of Health. (20017, October). Facts About Myopia. Retrieved July 5, 2019, from https://nei.nih.gov/health/errors/myopia

[2] Cope JR, Collier SA, Nethercut H, Jones JM, Yates K, Yoder JS. Risk Behaviors for contact lens–related eye infections among adults and adolescents — United States, 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2017;66(32):841-5.

[3] FDA Approval Letter

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