Orthokeratology or Ortho K:
a non-invasive myopia treatment option
As convenient and effective as eyeglasses and contact lenses are for many people, you might wish you could simply experience clear vision in your daily life without surgery or those vision correcting devices. But maybe you’re hesitant to make a permanent change via LASIK or PRELEX surgery, or maybe you’re not a good candidate for these procedures. If so, you’ll be very happy to learn about orthokeratology (Ortho-K), a safe, non-surgical overnight vision correction technique mainly for myopia.
How does Ortho-K work?
Ortho-K involves the use of specialized rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses, that double as corneal molds. They are worn overnight and taken out in the morning. They safely and gently, temporarily reshape the corneas while you sleep. This altered shape, corrects the myopia so that prescription glasses and normal daytime contact lenses don’t need to be worn during the day.
When you wake up in the morning, remove the lenses and you’ll see your world in excellent vision for the rest of the day. You can keep the vision correction going as long as you like, by wearing the Ortho-K lenses to bed regularly — but unlike LASIK, you can also reverse the correction in favor of a different solution; it’s as simple as discontinuing their use.
Ortho-K can correct for myopia and astigmatism.
Are You a Good Candidate for Ortho-K Lenses?
Worn at night while you sleep, Ortho-K lenses work to gradually improve your vision and treat your myopia. Children ages 8 to 12 who have progressive myopia, most adolescents and adults, are all typically good candidates for orthokeratology treatment. The special GP lenses are safe and are a good solution for children, athletes and anyone who may have a fear of more invasive treatment options. Ortho-K is also great for those who have a prescription that will continue to change and athletes who cannot wear eyeglasses or contacts.
However, this treatment option is usually recommended for treating low to mild nearsightedness and astigmatism. Patients with more advanced vision issues including dry eye syndrome, enlarged pupils or high myopia may benefit from other vision correction treatments.
If you think that you might be a good candidate for Orthokeratology treatment, don’t hesitate to speak with our experienced team. Call or visit us today to schedule an appointment and begin your journey towards better eye health and clear vision!