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 Orthokeratology and Who Can Benefit?
Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) is a gas permeable lens that you wear overnight while you sleep. While this happens, your eye is temporarily reshaped so that in the morning, you don't need to wear contact lenses or glasses. Ortho-K, also known as corneal reshaping contact lenses, is primarily used to correct those suffering from nearsightedness, astigmatism, and hyperopia. Typically, Ortho-K is appropriate for those aged 40 and younger. However, they have become popular with children as they are great with myopia control. Every parent would love to not worry about their child losing or breaking their glasses.
All these things can be accomplished with Ortho-K and without the need for surgery. Many patients, young and older, have benefitted from the advantages of sharp vision after being fitted with orthokeratology in our office. Our Plano eye doctor, Dr. Joshi, is experienced and skilled in fitting adults and children with ortho-k lenses.
How do I begin with ortho-k?
The first action you need to take is to reserve a full, professional eye exam with our Plano, TX, eye doctor. Dr. Akshet Joshi will evaluate your ocular condition and vision prescription to determine if you’re a good candidate for Corneal Refractive Therapy.
If your eyes are suitable for ortho-k vision shaping, we’ll perform an expert fitting for ortho-k lenses. Dr. Joshi will measure your eyes and perform a series of eye checks, and you’ll be provided with different trial lenses. At present, there are only a few types of ortho-k lenses available, we’ll fit you with the perfect lenses for your personal condition.
Does ortho-k hurt?
Wearing ortho-k lenses is painless and safe. While you may be aware of all the old complaints about how uncomfortable hard lenses were in the past, the current lenses on the market are not the same. New materials and technology led to the development of rigid lenses that offer supreme comfort. Also, ortho-k lenses are only worn while you are asleep, so you won’t feel a thing!
When will I see results from ortho-k?
Most of our Plano, TX, patients report significant improvements in vision clarity within a day or two after they start corneal refractive therapy. However, the full effects of non-surgical vision correction are experienced generally after a few weeks.
Who can benefit from ortho-k?
These lenses are usually appropriate for everyone who has healthy eyes and mild to moderate nearsightedness. Age is not a factor, and ortho-k is suitable for children (commonly above 8 years old).
In particular, people who play sports and/or lead an active lifestyle benefit greatly from the convenience of having crisp vision, unencumbered by eyeglasses slipping down their nose. People who spend a lot of time in dusty or arid environments also stand to benefit from the increased comfort of corneal refractive therapy, as contact lenses cannot be worn under these conditions. Allergy sufferers will have less eye symptoms with ortho-k, as airborne irritants will not build up (like they do on daytime contact lenses).
Does ortho-k work for myopia control?
Yes, many studies have demonstrated that ortho-k is highly effective for myopia control in children. Essentially, these lenses mold the cornea and suppress eye growth, so kids’ eyes do not continue to grow and progress to a higher degree of nearsightedness.
Keep in mind that kids under age 18 are not candidates for refractive surgery, do ortho-k offers a great alternative for slowing and correcting nearsightedness!
If your child’s vision prescription gets worse each year, we invite you to speak with us about ortho-k for myopia control! Dr. Joshi fits many kids with ortho-k lenses in our Plano, TX, optometry practice.
What happens if I stop wearing ortho-k?
Vision shaping is safe and reversible. If you stop orthokeratology, your eyes will simply return to their original shape. Within a few months, your vision prescription will stabilize at the power it used to be.
If you decide that you would like LASIK surgery, you will need to wait until this stabilization occurs. Make sure to inform your eye surgeon that you wore ortho-k lenses, and you’ll receive specific instructions about when the surgery can be performed.
Contact us to discuss your candidacy for ortho-k and to schedule an eye exam in our Plano, TX, eye care center!
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