Orthokeratology & Myopia Control
Did you know that clear vision can be achieved without surgery, or having to wear glasses or soft contact lenses during the day? Orthokeratology is a reversible, non-invasive treatment to correct near-sightedness. The treatment occurs while wearing a specially designed contact lens while sleeping. The contact lens retainer temporarily shapes the cornea to change the prescription in the eye, which allows the patient to see clearly during the day without having to wear prescription eyewear!
Orthokeratology is an overnight treatment that is safe and reliable. It has been around for a long time, and in recent decades orthokeratology lens designs have advanced to achieve consistently reliable, predictable results when fit properly by an orthokeratology-certified optometrist.
How does it work?
A specially designed contact lens is worn during sleeping hours. The contact lens retainer molds and flattens the rounded shape of the cornea causing the eye's prescription to change. The predetermined amount of flattening that results will correct the total prescription of the eye giving clear vision. During waking hours when the contact lens is not worn, the cornea will very slowly and gradually start to return to it's natural shape. Most overnight treatments will last all day, giving clear vision during waking hours.
Who can benefit from Orthokeratology?
Orthokeratology is a safe and convenient way to correct vision. It can be beneficial to:
Patients with active lifestyles who can be free of contact lenses and glasses during activity
Patients who experience discomfort such as allergies and dry eyes from soft contact lens wear
To slow myopia progression, especially in children. On average, myopia progresses up until about 26 years old in most people. Orthokeratology slows the elongation of eyes in children, thus controlling the increase in myopia (or near-sightedness).
Patients who are hesitant about refractive laser surgery, or would like a non-invasive and reversible options versus an invasive and permanent treatment.
The risks of Orthokeratology treatment are no greater than the risks of wearing soft contact lenses.
What are the steps to getting Orthokeratology treatment?
An optometrist will evaluate your eyes to determine if you are a good candidate for orthokeratology treatment. First, your ocular health and current prescription will be assessed. Then, measurements of your cornea will be made to design orthokeratology contact lenses fitted for your eyes. Multiple visits and multiple retainer contact lenses may be required to reach optimal results of reshaping the cornea. Once the precise contact lens retainer is finalized, you will be trained on insertion, removal, care and handling of the contact lens. When you are ready to take them home, you will be instructed to sleep with them for the first night, and scheduled for an appointment the next morning for evaluation. This visit is important to assess the eye health after a full night of contact lens wear and to measure the amount of correction that has taken place after one night of treatment. It is possible that the full effect take place after multiple nights of treatment. The optometrist will evaluate the changes in the cornea closely, with appointments scheduled at 1 week, 1 month, and 3 months.
If you are interested in orthokeratology or would like to speak with a specialist for more details
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