Treatment With OrthoK
An alternative to LASIK and other surgical methods of correcting vision, Orthokeratology (OrthoK), also known as Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) offers people with blurry eyesight a non-surgical method of achieving vision without contact lenses or glasses while awake. Special Orthokeratology lenses (ortho k lenses) are fitted for the eyes which the patient sleeps in. While asleep, the devices gently flatten the surface of the eye through a process known as “corneal reshaping therapy or corneal refractive therapy . Upon awakening the devices are removed and in most cases childrens vision remains clear throughout the day without contact lenses or glasses. Most people are able to go for at least one day without contacts or glasses after sleeping in the lens. Doctors should be careful not to offer this therapy as a solution to vision problems, it is only a temporary non-surgical alternative to glasses and contact lenses. Not every doctor fits Ortho-k, so be sure to ask. Ortho-K is gaining in popularity in the US and is already popular overseas. If you are bothered by annual changes in your eyeglass and contact lens prescription or are concerned that your vision is worsening, OrthoK may be the solution for you. OrthoK in many cases temporarily reverses significant amounts of myopia and astigmatism and in most cases people who wear their OrthoK devices while asleep can go contact lens and eyeglass free with excellent vision during waking hours! OrthoK is the only way doctors know that can reduce the rate of change of your eyeglass prescription and in some cases stabilize your eyeglass prescription. Click this link to view studies that have shown a positive effect in stabilizing worsening vision.
Options such as OrthoK, cornea refractive therapy including paragon crt (vision shaping treatment) are particularly helpful when seeking to improve eyesight in children by reducing change in vision, especially myopia in children and will often reduce the risk of children with myopia advancing to high myopia.