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.