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Non-intrusive eye treatment to correct poor vision

Some people are calling it a miracle - new optical lenses can be worn overnight while you're sleeping that can help improve vision without the need for surgery.

Many people currently wearing glasses or contacts wish they could ditch them for good.

Some people even spend thousands of dollars on surgery, but now, there is a new alternative that claims to give perfect vision simply by wearing special contacts.

How it works: Instead of wearing contacts during the day, you sleep with the lenses in your eyes at night, and supposedly wake up with clear vision.

The results are not permanent, as with Lasik surgery, but there are pros and cons to each procedure.

Dr. Thomas Weshefsky is the only person in South Carolina certified to make this dream a reality for those with imperfect vision.

The question is, does Gentle Vision Shaping really work?

"What's the best you can do there?" Dr. Weshefsky asks Lowry as she begins reading the letter chart to test her vision.

Weshefsky studied Lowry's eyes to get the perfect match so the lenses could fit like a retainer.

The lenses are much smaller than regular contacts, and they are hard, not soft. Instead of popping them in at the beginning of a day, you do it at night.

"As you sleep the lens will gently reshape your cornea, flatten the center, much like Lasik only it does it without removing or destroying any tissue and molds the cornea into the shape that we want," explains Weshefsky.

Before bedtime, fill the lens with special eye drops and place them directly in the center of your eyes.

But make sure you test out the drops first, because it is possible to have an allergic reaction if you have sensitive eyes.

When you wake, use the plunger-like tool to get the contacts out.

Based on Lowry's experience with the temporary corrective contacts, it works as advertised.

Dr. Weshefsky says gentle vision shaping is great for kids too. In fact, studies are being done to see if the procedure can prevent nearsightedness.

"The first year data shows that children who were wearing soft contacts or glasses, their prescriptions increased by about 10 percent, children who were wearing Gentle Vision Shaping had no increase," acknowledged Weshefsky.

For the contacts to work, you need to wear them every night, and get a good night's sleep. The longer you have the lenses in, the better your vision will be. For those who get less than 6 hours of sleep on a regular basis, this may not be a good option.

They can also be difficult to get used to because they're hard, not soft.

Gentle Vision Shaping lenses can last for a few years, but if you're wondering how much it costs, plan to spend between $2,000 to $4,000.

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