Eye Braces

Tiny little pieces of plastic, can have a big impact for some people to have a clearer perspective in life.

For Melody Dubose helping people see better is just another day at the office. Now for Melody seeing better is helping her live a better life. She says, " I was wearing glasses and contacts for about 20 years. I was always told corrective surgery was not an option." But now thanks to a little contact, Melody's seeing the world through a whole new pair of eyes.

Melody says,"Without any corrective lenses, my vision was about a 21-60, basically I was blind, after a week of wearing them, I was a 20-30."

She contributes her vision to what is called Othro-Keratology contact lenses, a non-surgical answer to people with near-sighted vision... that you wear while you sleep.

Dr. Josh Hooper, O. D. from Advanced Eye Care in Tyler says, "It (contacts) also gives them a little bit of choice from Lasik because it's not a permanent procedure and it also frees them up during the day, especially if they're into recreation."

Basically the little contacts braces your eye. For people who are near-sighted, they have a very steep curve at the top of their corneas. Wearing the lenses at night, gently flattens that curve, thus making it easier to focus the next day.

Dr. Hooper stresses, " The cornea's very important because it's the first surface that light contacts, so  if we can manipulate the shape of the cornea and maintain a healthy tear film, we can allow the light to be bent more clearly."

And interesting enough, Dr. Hooper is not only a doctor, he is a client. He says, "I do play golf and things of that nature, and to me it has been a benefit."

So now helping people see could be as simple as getting a good night's rest.

Dr. Hooper mentions that it costs about fifteen hundred dollars for the procedure, which includes appointment fees, fittings and lenses, and the lenses normally last about two years.