Have you ever thought about getting rid of your contact lenses or eyeglasses for good, but were unable or unwilling to have LASIK or other types of vision correction surgery? Introducing Orthokeratology!
What is Ortho-k and How Does it Work?
Orthokeratology, also commonly called "Ortho-k", is a non-surgical method of fixing your vision used to correct by wearing special contact lenses while you sleep, that slowly and gently reshape the front surface of your eye, known as the cornea, so that your vision is corrected by the time you wake up in the morning. Although the correction is temporary, often no eyeglasses or contact lenses are needed on for a day or two after sleeping in ortho-k lenses. In order to maintain the sharpest visual acuity on a daily basis, however, you should wear the ortho-k reshaping lenses every night.
Who Can Benefit From Ortho-k?
Ortho-k is a great choice for people of all ages, including children, who have myopia (nearsightedness) and are not appropriate candidates for vision correction surgery, such as LASIK. Ortho-k can also be discontinued at any point without permanent effects to the eyes. Simply discontinue use, and your eyes will return to normal on their own within a few days.
People who require vision correction and engage regularly in sports or work in extremely dusty, dirty environments will also appreciate the convenience of ortho-k.
How Effective is Ortho-k?
Our ideal goal is to provide 20/20 vision without any need for eyeglasses or contacts during the day. FDA trials indicate that more than 65% of ortho-k patients were able to achieve 20/20 vision, while an incredible number of ortho-k patients (more than 90%) achieved 20/40 vision or better, which is the legal requirement for driving without vision correction in most states.
The success of Ortho-k largely depends on your individual circumstance. Consult with your eye doctor to find out if your vision prescription is within range for successful ortho-k treatment.
How Long Does Ortho-k Take to Work?
Improvement in vision is generally reported within a day or two of wearing ortho-k lenses overnight. However, the full effects may not be experienced until the lenses have been worn for a few weeks. During this transition period, your vision will probably not be as crisp as it was with regular contacts or eyeglasses, and glare or halos around lights may be visible. Until ortho-k works fully, a temporary pair of eyeglasses may be required for specific actions, such as driving at night.
LASIK after Ortho-k
Here at Optical Zone, many of our patients in Plano, TX have asked us if Ortho-k would prevent them from choosing to have LASIK done in the future. The answer to that is, no. Ortho-k is fully reversible, and does not interfere with LASIK at all. However, because ortho-k works to reshape your cornea, you are required to stop wearing the lenses for a few months before undergoing LASIK, in order to allow your eyes to return to their original shape.
It’s important to inform your LASIK surgeon if you’ve been wearing ortho-k lenses, and you will be advised as to how long of a wait is necessary before having the laser procedure.
For more information about Ortho-k in Plano TX, make an appointment to see us today!