A large percentage of the world’s population, more than 20% to be exact, suffer from myopia or nearsightedness. Fortunately, eye doctors have pioneered a wide range of treatments to slow the progression of myopia. One of the most recent ones to become available on the market is orthokeratology or ortho-k, a form of corneal reshaping therapy. Unfortunately, due to several myths, a lot of patients are still reluctant about taking advantage of it.
To help you make an informed decision about your vision health, the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia in Children debunks some of these myths below:
1. Using Ortho-K Lenses Is Not Safe
The first step to debunking this myth is to learn how ortho-k works. People suffering from myopia have elongated corneas, which can affect the light entering the retina or the membrane lining the back of your eyeballs. One thing you should know about the cornea, the dome-shaped window that focuses light on the retina, is that it’s very flexible. Ortho-k lenses gently reshape your cornea into the right curvature, so that light can reach the retina’s surface instead of just being redirected to one point.
Since ortho-k therapy only involves the use of contact lenses
, it can be an alternative for patients who aren’t willing to undergo eye surgery. Now, every form of treatment has some degree of risk, but overall, ortho-k therapy is safe and non-invasive.
2. Fittings for Ortho-K Lenses Are Too Complicated
To customize your ortho-k lenses, your eye doctor will first create a map of your eye using a corneal topographer. Other than this and a few extra steps, the process is essentially the same as the one for fitting standard contacts.
3. Corneal Topographers Are All Created the Same
Of course, the effectiveness of the ortho-k lenses will be determined by the quality of the instrument, the map it produces, and your doctor’s ability to interpret the results. As such, it’s important that you go to a reputable clinic with highly trained ophthalmologists.
The Institute for Control of Eye Myopia in Children has nearly a decade’s worth of experience in treating myopia and other vision complications. We offer ortho-k lenses as well as other forms of vision correction. To schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained optometrists, you can call us at (301) 363-0060 or leave us a message here. We serve patients in Chicago, IL, and Washington D.C., as well as the surrounding communities.