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Emily’s story: Saying goodbye to glasses

Monday, December 11, 2017

By: Molly Soto


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Emily was in third grade when she noticed she couldn’t see the blackboard in class. A week later, her parents took her to Dr. Brad LaVallie at BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists.

 

“I got my first pair of glasses,” Emily said. “They helped with my vision but when it came to sports, they were just always interfering.”

 

In basketball, Emily’s glasses got knocked off her face. Emily’s parents decided to try sports goggles.

 

“The sports goggles lasted about a month,” Emily’s mother said. “We determined that they were a little more secure on her face, but she was still having the same issues seeing peripherally and so we wanted to look for another option.”

 

That’s when they learned about corneal reshaping therapy, or Orthokeratology. This treatment uses specially designed, FDA-approved contact lenses worn at night to temporarily correct nearsightedness.

 

Emily and her parents were excited about this treatment.

 

“I just wanted to do anything I could to avoid having glasses,” says Emily, who’s now in middle school. “It was a little weird at first, because I know most people wear contacts during the day to be able to see and this was at night.”

 

Within the first couple of days of wearing the contacts, Emily noticed she could see better.

 

“In class, I could see the blackboard easier and I didn’t have to strain my eyes to see stuff,” she said. “I feel like I’m 100 percent back to normal and I’m so glad we could find an alternative for glasses. I just love them.”

 

Dr. Brad LaVallie sees patients at BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists in Green Bay. Call 877-462-9465 or request an appointment online.

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Brad LaVallie, OD, is an optometrist at BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists. He received his medical education at the University of Missouri College of Optometry in St. Louis. In addition to comprehensive optometry, Dr. LaVallie’s special interests include specialty contact lens fittings, low vision evaluation and dry eye treatment.

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