What is Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS) aka Orthokeratology

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I’ve never heard of GVSS. Is it new?

Attempts to reshape the cornea have been tried since contact lenses were first fit. The process, referred to as orthokeratology, would take years to complete and the results were not nearly as favorable as GVSS. For this reason, many doctors and patients elected not to participate in orthokeratology. Now with technological advancements with the diagnostic equipment used to measure the corneal shape and the materials being used to make the vision retainers, GVSS is now a viable alternative for many nearsighted or astigmatism patients.

Does GVSS™ have any advantages over Laser Surgery?

There are several.  GVSS is less than half the cost of Refractive Laser Surgery (LASIK).  It does not involve any post-operative pain.  Also, the hazy post-operative vision that can be associated with laser surgery does not occur with GVSS.  Both eyes can easily be done at the same time with GVSS.  Also, prescription changes are easy to deal with using GVSS.  There is no strong steroid or antibiotic drugs needed with GVSS as there are during the post-operative period for laser surgery.  Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, GVSS is reversible.  Laser surgery is not.

How much does GVSS cost?

Depending on your prescription, the fee for the entire GVSS program starts at $850.   More complicated prescriptions (i.e. astigmatism) range from $1250 to $2000.  This includes all of the professional visits, retainer lenses needed to achieve optimal vision, and any needed interim soft contact lenses.

Do I have to pay this every year?

No after the program is completed you will continue to have annual eye examinations and maintenance checkups. Replacement vision retainers cost $125 each.

Does health or vision insurance cover this procedure?

Unfortunately, health insurance considers both surgical (LASIK) and non-surgical (GVSS) vision improvement to be cosmetic and therefore do not cover this procedure.

Does GVSS qualify for Reimbursement Accounts?

Yes, GVSS does qualify for employer sponsored Health Care Reimbursement Accounts and many of our patients take advantage of this benefit.

Do all eye doctors perform GVSS?

No, GVSS does not work on every patient and needs to be performed in a very exact and meticulous manner. Drs. Bailey and Mancha have performed this technique for over a decade and have extensive experience.

Does GVSS work on all prescriptions?

Drs. Bailey and Mancha fit GOV Lenses. The GOV family of orthokeratology lenses offer designs that correct large amounts of myopia (up to -10.00), hyperopia and even presbyopia with a multifocal design.

When it comes to eyes, I’m very concerned, is it safe?

GVSS is very safe and we utilize FDA approved materials. It is safe for children and adults and is an excellent alternative for children who are just first becoming nearsighted.

Does GVSS help stop my child’s eyes from getting worse?

Rigid gas permeable lenses, the same used with GVSS, have been shown to slow the rate of progression of nearsightedness when compared to children wearing eyeglasses. More studies are needed to confirm this and the exact mechanism by which this happens, but in our opinion children with rapidly progressive nearsightedness should wear these lenses in an attempt to reduce myopia progression.

Does GVSS work for adults too?

The answer is, it depends.

Adults over 40 years of age pose a unique challenge when wearing GVSS lenses. They often need reading glasses or bifocals in addition to their regular eyeglasses. This is due to the natural aging process which sometimes decreases the eye's ability to focus.

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