AP first started the program February 27, 2017. He’s been in the program for almost 4 months. He is enjoying all the benefits of seeing clearly like other kids wearing soft contact lenses or glasses, but with the added protection of trying to stop or slow down his myopia.
AP is still seeing 20/20 with the original custom iSEE lenses that I designed for him. He inserts and removes the lenses by himself without any supervision.
The only comment I have is that there may be some initial discomfort upon the first insertion. There are times where I would ask him to lay down so that I can add a drop of unique pH in the nasal corner of his eye while he is laying down so that he can flush out any irritant out the temporal corner of his eye. Sometimes he does push hard into the eye with the lens upon insertion and by having an extra drop of liquid will allow the lens to loosen the suction to give better comfort.
One thing to note is that our lenses have a slight tint to them to help color code for right and left. Green is for right eye and blue is for left eye. (Green has the letter ‘R’ in it and blue has the letter ‘L’ in it.) This can be easily noticed when the lenses are placed onto a white paper towel or facial tissue.
We noticed that the peroxide containers may also have a different color scheme and may confuse patients. So when in doubt if you think you may have mixed them up, place the lenses on a white background to double check.
And finally we also use Progent to deep clean the lenses and keep them as clean as possible periodically.
We will give you updates on AP from time to time, but I expect this case to mimic others before him.
AP has been through our myopia control program for over 1 month. His vision is excellent at 20/20 in each eye. There is no eye irritation and he’s enjoying clear and crisp vision all day long.
After 2 weeks of me inserting the iSEE lenses, AP decided to be brave and try to insert the lenses himself. I am very relieved to be hands off, but there are some cautions for parents out there who are not watching their kids.
I’ve noticed that AP does not clean the DMV plunger as well as I’d like. We wash with hot water and rinse off at the end with a multipurpose disinfectant.
I’ve also noticed that he touches the lens on the inside on multiple occasions and this may lead to discomfort and multiple insertions. I’ve given him tips to pick up a dropped lens with a plunger and to handle the lenses on the edges only.
We are currently using peroxide to disinfect, unique pH as the cushioning drop upon insertion, and just a multipurpose solution for the rinse.
And finally, after he leaves for school, I look in his room and find open bottles of solutions without a cap.
Careful attention to detail can help ensure better performance and reducing chances of bad luck.
My very own son , AP was detected to be nearsighted this year when he went to the pediatrician in January and didn’t see the 20/20 line. I had just screened his vision before school started (August), so this came on very fast and as a surprise to both of us. For us parents, this meant put the brakes on the myopia ASAP. AP went straight into the myopia control program, skipping glasses.
I ordered a pair of iSEE Advanced Orthokeratology lenses for AP right after I did the refraction and took topographical maps of his eyes. Due to the unique shape of his eyes, he was not a candidate for the simpler Paragon CRT lenses, even though his Rx was so small. We did a software analysis using the collected data points to come to this conclusion.
AP started our myopia control program early March. At the beginning, I am still inserting and removing the lenses from his eyes. Our goal is summer for him to do it himself.
The first few days have been challenging only because he was very vocal about discomfort every little thing that bothered him. It was not easy with insertion/removal because his lids were tight and his eyes were small. I would have to remove and reinsert at least once for the first few weeks.
I now can empathize with parents who go through this process for their younger children. I hope that I can offer real practice advice to parents now that I am living the process, not just teaching it.
TN started our myopia control program on 5/26/16. We have seen him for for 3 exams prior and every year, his vision keeps getting worse. His mom decided that she wanted to do something to try and stop his eyes from getting worse. We decided that the iSEE lens was best for him.
The one day post iSEE vision was 20/80 and 20/200.
4 days later, he was seeing 20/40 in each eye.
11 days later he is seeing 20/20– and 20/30++.
At this time, I consulted with the lab and ordered a new pair of lenses. The topographies looked great and there was no keratitis. He was inserting and removing the lenses with great care all by himself.
TN is on a summer vacation this week enjoying great vision so far. When he returns, he will pick up the new set of lenses and we hope that his vision will be fine tuned to 20/20 in each eye.
AI started our program in June 2014. Today, she came in for her 2 year annual progress report.
Her uncorrected vision right eye is 20/20 and 20/25 left eye.
She has no complaints about her program and is very consistent with the recommended guidelines. She is wearing Paragon CRT.
The lenses were deep cleaned and inspected yesterday before the annual visit.
There were no issues on her corneas and the topographies looked great.
I gave her parents the go ahead to continue with the program without any changes and I will follow up in 3 months.
Below is a sample of her topography 3 months ago and today. The difference may be due to the deep cleaning that was done yesterday. There was one line of improvement in today’s outcome vs April 2016 for the right eye.
AR came back for her annual examination and she was still seeing 20/20 in each eye. We deep cleaned the lenses with Menicon’s Progent enzymatic cleaner last week to ensure that we got optimal topographies.
We are please with the outcome so far and there was no plan to make any changes to AR’s lenses at this time. Mom wanted to order a new pair and keep the old one as a back up.
The maps look very consistent from Nov 2015 to May 2016. AR is wearing a Paragon Dual Axis CRT in the right eye and a Paragon CRT lens in the left eye.
There were some questions about insertion/removal techniques and we plan to address them next week.
Paragon CRT Dual Axis
MW came in for a 4 mo progress visit. Her vision is still 20/20 in each eye. No complaints or issues with dry eyes, glare, blurry vision or discomfort.
MW has done a remarkable job with being independent and consistent with insertion/removal and cleaning.
At the visit in January, I saw some keratitis in one eye and requested that she come back in 1 month so I can investigate if it is recurrent.
MW came in today, Feb 28, reporting that she did not wear her lenses last night. Her visit was at noon and each eye was seeing 20/30 and combined 20/25. She came home late last night and forgot to insert the lenses.
The keratitis has resolved and MW speculated that it was caused by an eyelash in her eye the night before.
MW is doing well and I plan to see her 3 months.