There's this medical treatment that's been out for awhile called Ortho-K. Basically you wear hard contact lenses while you sleep, and it reshapes your cornea while you sleep. Both of us have worn soft contacts for sports and such, and neither of us wants to get Lasik, so we were intrigued by this, and finally decided to try it. The big benefit is that if at any time you want to stop doing it, you just stop, and your vision returns to exactly what it was before you started. It's not permanent, so you do have to wear the lenses every night.
It turns out that our eye doctor, Dr. Jordan at Peak Family Eye Care does this. He talked us through all the pros and cons of both this and Lasik, told us about what to expect, and after listening to his knowledge, we both went for it.
Last night was our first night on this. Having not worn hard contacts before, it's definitely an eye-opener (pun intended) when you try them for the first time. It feels like there's something in your eye. It doesn't hurt, just uncomfortable. I do know a few people who wear hard lenses and they say you do get used to them. Anyways, with your eyes closed it's not that bad, although neither of us slept well. I was a little paranoid about having them move on me while I slept (they didn't).
We went to the eye doctor this morning to see if they sat well while we slept, and to see if they did anything. Fortunately the eye doctor is about 3-4 miles from us so Leif wore his glasses (which he said felt weird) to drive us. Imagine my surprise when the doctor checked me out, and said that in 1 night, I had gone from a -4.5 to a -3 (the goal is 0). Poor Leif had to get custom lenses ordered since his apparently sat high on his cornea while we slept, so he can't wear them again until those come in.
The doctor gave me some soft lenses to wear during the day, and guesstimated what I would need tomorrow and Thursday until the procedure was "complete." The only issue I'm having is the soft lenses don't correct for my astigmatism in my left eye, so my vision is a little weird today.
I'm pretty excited about this, but hoping I can get used to the hard lenses sooner rather than later so I can get some sleep.