GVSS Is Very Safe For Children
Our office has used the Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS) to safely and effectively
improve daytime vision in hundreds of children. Children place
their GVSS retainer lenses in at night before they sleep and remove them upon
awakening. After a few weeks of wearing their GVSS lenses, they obtain clear
vision throughout the day. The retainer lenses must be inserted nightly to maintain
The number one concern parents have is safety. Paragon, the manufacturer of
our GVSS lenses, obtained FDA approved for all ages, there is no age restriction.
We’ve been successfully fitting children, as young of 5 years of age, for years.
As some children grow their eyesight may deteriorate; there is nothing more
disheartening to parents than seeing their children’s prescription get
worse year after year. We've found that nearsightedness does not progress as
rapidly in children who wear GVSS lenses. In fact 75% of our GVSS patients
Dr. Despotidis’ Children: Nicholas & Gregory
D’s (Dr. Despotidis) children became nearsighted at a very early age,
even though he and his wife, did not wear eyeglasses until much later in life.
"Although I understood this was not uncommon, it was disconcerting"
Dr. D often says. Consequently, Dr. D. fit both of his sons in 1999 and they have worn
GVSS lenses ever since.
“Their vision and subsequently prescription has not changed since they
started wearing GVSS retainer lenses nightly.”. This fact is the number one
reason Dr. Despotidis has developed a passion for this technique and has focused
his entire practice on helping other children through this process.
Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS): Not New
Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS) is the term we use within our office for
a technique generically referred to as Orthokeratology or Ortho-K. More recently,
Paragon Vision Sciences, the maker of our GVSS lenses, refers to their method
as Corneal Refractive Therapy. All of the terms refer to the use of a rigid lens to gently and
safely reshape the front surface of the eye (cornea) to improve vision after
the retainer lens is removed.
Reshaping the cornea with contact lenses to improve vision isn't new; some eye doctors have practiced it for decades. However, before FDA approval
for overnight wear, the procedure had limited appeal. Now with safe, more oxygen
permeable materials, the process has grown in effectiveness, safety and popularity.