Special plateau-shaped contact lenses, worn only at night, may prevent kids with nearsightedness from a failure of worsening eyesight.
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Melissa: 12-year old Isabella Jorgenson loves to be in front of the lens, but being nearsighted turn her only modeling career into a blur. Isabella Jorgenson: That tree decorated plants and all blends in to make one big thing. Melissa: She tried contacts but the maintenance was too much for the pre-teen to handle. That’s when her mom heard about the study testing contacts worn only at night. Sheri Jorgenson: We’re looking to see if we can stop the progressive because that’s what I want. Melissa: Kids wear the cornea reshaping contacts while they sleep. Optometrist say when they take them out in the morning there vision is temporarily corrected. Regular contacts occurred, this look like a plateau. Rob Davis: It’s flatten the center and stiffer in the side. Melissa: It gently flattens the center of the eye during the night changing the shape of the cornea. Before wearing the contacts the nearsighted eyes stiff, highlighted in red, after the contacts have been worn the eye flattens out shown in green. Rob Davis: Very similar too, if you ever want to watch or you wore a ring and you take the ring or watch off this is a little indentation. Melissa: In the study of 300 kids, those with the reshaping lenses maintain there vision after the first year. Those with regular contacts needed the stronger prescription. Rob Davis: I’m really not talking about permanent correcting but what I am talking about is reducing the progression. Melissa: For Isabella it means 20-20 vision during the day without contacts or glasses. Isabella Jorgenson: I can see. Melissa: Letting her eyes do the work at night, so she can focus of the road ahead. I’m Melissa reporting.