Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS)?
- I've never heard of GVSS. Is it new?
- How much does GVSS cost?
- Do I have to pay this every year?
- Does health or vision insurance cover this procedure?
- Does GVSS qualify for Reimbursement Accounts?
- Do all eye doctors perform GVSS?
- Does GVSS work on all prescriptions?
- When it comes to eyes, I'm very concerned, is it safe?
- Does GVSS help stop my child's eyes from getting worse?
- Does GVSS work for adults too?
The Gentle Vision Shaping System uses specially designed vision retainer lenses to gently and gradually reshape the front surface of the eye (the cornea) to eliminate or reduce nearsightedness (myopia) or astigmatism. The principle is similar to the use of a dental retainer used by an orthodontist to realign crooked teeth. The vision retainers are similar to contact lenses and are usually worn while sleeping. They are removed upon awakening to provide clear vision without using glasses or contact lenses! The retainers are comfortable and very easy to care for.
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.
The entire GVSS program includes all of the prefessional visits for one year and two sets of retainer lenses. Fees depend on the prescription and the form of payment. Contact our office for more information.
No, after the program is completed you will continue to have annual eye examinations and maintenance checkups. The checkups are included in our Contact Lens Savings Program and lower the cost of the vision retainers, which begin at $150 per lens.
Unfortunately, health insurance considers both surgical (LASIK) and non-surgical (GVSS) vision improvement to be cosmetic and therefore do not cover this procedure. However, vision insurance may cover a portion of the costs through material benefits.
Yes, GVSS does qualify for employer sponsored Health Care Reimbursement Accounts and many of our patients take advantage of this benefit.
No, GVSS does not work on every patient and needs to be performed in a very exact and meticulous manner. Dr. Rob Wagner has performed this technique for over five years and has extensive experience. In addition, we have the necessary diagnostic equipment and computer software to perform GVSS.
The procedure works best on mild to moderate amount of nearsightedness or astigmatism. More severe cases can have their vision improved, but will still need some vision correction. The speed at which treatment occurs varies with each patient.
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.
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.
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.
GVSS, just like LASIK eye surgery, cannot correct both distance and nearsightedness. However, for patients that do not perform a significant amount of close work, this technology is convenient and non-surgical.
Many adults within our program are CEO's, bankers, health care providers, home providers, etc. This works well because their close work demands are limited. Computer scientists, researchers, accountants and engineers are usually poor candidates for this technology.