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Give Your Child the Competitive Edge

Paragon Vision August 14, 2019 Nearsighted, CRT Lenses, Contact Lenses, Orthokeratology, Myopia, Ortho-K, quality of life, corneal refractive therapy, CRT, sports


Soccer, football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, track and field, even badminton – sports enrich a child’s life! Sports can teach a child teamwork, how to accept failure, encourages ambition and healthy competition, and is a great source of exercise. But, what would you do if something was holding back your child’s performance and enjoyment in sports?

Something Holding Your Child Back?

Poor vision, glasses, daytime contacts, and sports goggles can all present their own inconveniences when it comes to your child’s performance in sports. Vision issues such as nearsightedness can cause distant objects like a soccer goal or fellow teammate to appear blurry and out of focus. Glasses can easily fly off or break on the court, a daytime contact can get lost on the field, and sports goggles are bulky, and some children may find them uncomfortable or embarrassing to wear.  For nearsighted children there is a solution to all of these.

Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) lenses are designed to be worn while a child sleeps to gently reshape the curvature of the cornea. This reshaping focuses light properly onto the back of the retina. A child removes their contacts in the morning for improved vision that lasts all day, without the need for glasses, daytime contacts, or sports goggles. Imagine cheering on your child knowing there is no risk of broken glasses or lost daytime contacts.

The Short-Term and Long-Term Benefits of Ortho-K

Ortho-K lenses have many benefits besides improving your child’s success in sports. Some of the short-term benefits of wearing these type of contact lenses are:

  • -Improved ability to learn
  • -Increased self-esteem
  • -Enhanced social skills1

Nearsightedness can lead to various complications later in life. Treating your child’s nearsightedness is helpful for the “right now” and for their visual health overall.  Some of the long-term health consequences of nearsightedness are:

  • -Retinal detachment
  • -Myopic macular degeneration
  • -Glaucoma
  • -Premature cataracts2

Contact Lenses that can Change Your Child’s Life

Paragon CRT® Contacts are Ortho-K lenses that were the first FDA approved lenses for overnight wear.3 With this treatment option a child can be completely free to see with their own natural eyesight during the day. Lenses like Paragon CRT® have been clinically proven to increase a child’s participation in sports and to increase their overall confidence.1 Paragon CRT® lenses helps your child live without limitations and gives them a competitive edge. To find out if your child is a candidate for Paragon CRT® use our Find a Doctor tool.



[1] F. Z., G. Z., & Z. Z. (2018). Investigation of the Effect of Orthokeratology Lenses on Quality of Life and Behaviors of Children. Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, Inc., 44(5). Retrieved May 8, 2019.

[2] Xu L, Wang Y, Wang S, Wang Y & Jonas JB, ‘High Myopia and Glaucoma Susceptibility: The Beijing Eye Study’ Ophthalmology, Volume 114, Issue 2, February 2007.

[3] FDA Approval Letter - CRT - 06/18/2002