Our Myopia Control center at Eyesymmetry Vision Center - What ISON users are saying
Questions and Answers
What is ISON? – ISON stands for “I See Overnight.” Specially designed lenses are used to gently reshape the front surface of the eye to eliminate nearsightedness and astigmatism. The vision retainers are similar to contact lenses and are worn while sleeping.
How is ISON different than LASIK? LASIK surgery permanently removes tissue, ISON does not and is completely reversible. The retainer lenses are worn nightly and removed upon awakening.
I’ve never heard of ISON is it new? No, the common name for ISON is Orthokeratology or ortho-k and has been performed for decades!
Is ISON safe? – Yes, ISON is very safe, we use FDA approved lenses to improve your vision. Can ISON stop my eyes from getting worse? – We’ve observed that patients who wear ISON retainer lenses, do not progress in myopia as rapidly as people who wear soft contacts or eyeglasses.
My wife started wearing eyeglasses in her first grade. So when our children, began needing glasses at the age of 8, we were very concerned. It’s embarrassing to say, even though I’m an eye doctor, I resented the fact that my children required glasses at such a young age.
Since they began wearing ISON lenses in 2003, they have not worn eyeglasses or contact lenses and more importantly, their vision has not deteriorated.
We’ve observed that patients who wear ISON retainer lenses do not progress in myopia as rapidly as people who wear soft contacts or eyeglasses.
The entire program including all professional visits and two sets of retainer lenses starts at $2,200. Fees depend on your prescription and the form of payment.
No, most insurance companies consider ISON to be elective. (Comparable to laser surgery.)
Yes, check with your employer to see if you qualify.
We offer a payment plan that makes the procedure affordable. Depending on the payment option you chose your payment will vary.
Because the ISON lenses are worn only at night, they work very well for people with allergies and /or dry eyes.
No, after the program is completed, you are only required to have your yearly eye examination.
The ISON program is not permanent. Patients who stop wearing their overnight lenses will notice within a couple days that their vision returns to their original prescription. As long as a patient continues to wear their lenses as directed, their clear daytime vision will remain and prevent myopia progression.
Ideally, you should always carry a backup pair in case your lenses are lost. In an emergency, such as when you’re traveling, our practice can try to help coordinate a new pair to be shipped to you. If you’re traveling internationally, there are more challenging and potential fees that make it impossible for us to handle.
In general, we recommend our patients to be proactive in their eye health and consider bringing a backup pair of eyeglasses or soft contact lenses instead when traveling.
What's the difference between ortho-k or Orthokeratology and the I See Overnight program? Learn about the program directly from Dr. Moshe Schwartz OD FAAO of EyeSymmetry Vision Center.
Orthokeratology, or "ortho-k," is the process of reshaping the eye with specially-designed rigid gas permeable contact lenses. The goal of ortho-k is to flatten the front surface of the eye and thereby correct mild to moderate amounts of nearsightedness and astigmatism.
Our ISON program is affordable & available for nearly everyone starting with even patients as young as 6!
Orth0-k lenses are used by many, even celebrities! Here are testimonials from Barbara Walters & Peter Jennings.