Eye treatment changing livesSave
By Jaden McLeod
The first time Maia Trevelyan realised she had issues with her sight, she was sitting in her classroom.
"At school, I couldn't see what was on the whiteboard, and all my friends could. I thought it was abnormal."
Maia is one of millions worldwide who suffer with poor eyesight.
She didn't want to wear glasses so she and her mother, Vicki, asked their local GP if there was an alternative treatment.
"He knew of a guy in Tauranga that was treating children with myopia; and he had methods to halt progression, or slow it down at least," says Vicki.
It was then they found optometrist, Alex Petty, who runs one of two practices in the Bay of Plenty which specialises in OrthoK treatment.
"Orthokeratology or OrthoK as it is colloquially-known, is a treatment that we use a lot for young short-sighted patients. It's a treatment where basically a contact lens is designed to wear only overnight. When patients take it out as soon as they wake up, they can see throughout the day."
It's all down to the lens reshaping the cornea during sleep. Mr Petty says it's dynamic because it can limit the risk of developing more severe eye problems later in life.
Research predicts that by 2050, half the world's population could experience issues with their sight.