At The Myopia Institute, we are committed to helping you achieve excellent vision by providing information on scientifically proven methods of myopia control. Today, we will discuss Orthokeratology. This corneal reshaping therapy involves using specially designed gas permeable contact lenses to correct refractive errors. Learn more here:
How Does Orthokeratology Work?
Orthokeratology, or ortho k, is a non-surgical vision correction method that can help patients achieve clearer vision without any surgery. It involves wearing specially designed contact lenses overnight and then removing these lenses in the morning. The lenses gently reshape a patient’s irregularly shaped or unevenly surfaced cornea while they sleep. Ortho k lenses are made of gas-permeable material to keep the eyes comfortable as the patient sleeps. Once the ortho k lenses are removed in the morning, the patient will see clearly the entire day.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Orthokeratology?
Before prescribing ortho k lenses, an eye doctor needs to perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine if a patient’s eye condition would be best managed by this treatment. The doctor may examine your ocular structures and map out your cornea, identifying your current visual acuity and establishing the type and severity of your refractive error. This procedure is primarily recommended for patients with mild to moderate myopia.
Studies show, however, that ortho k lenses can also treat other vision problems like presbyopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. It’s also ideal for athletes and those with active lifestyles because it eliminates the need for corrective eyewear. People who are in constant contact with water and dust may also find orthokeratology a good option too. Lastly, patients who are not good candidates for LASIK might find ortho k lenses a viable alternative.
With orthokeratology, you can improve your vision without having to depend on eyewear. However, you do need to consult an expert eye doctor to see if you are qualified for this treatment method. Fortunately, we provide a directory of trusted eye doctors on our website. You can simply find and contact the one nearest to you if you need ortho k lenses, contact lenses or eyeglasses. Call us at (301) 363-0060 to learn more about correcting myopia. We can help patients in Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; and other cities.