Orthokeratology is a corrective and reversible procedure that involves a costume fit gas rigid permeable lens that is worn during sleep. Unlike LASIK surgery which is irreversible, Ortho-K is reversible. While asleep, the lenses gently reshapes the front surface of your eye (cornea) so you can see clearly the following day after you remove the lenses when you wake up.
Ortho-K is prescribed for two purposes: -Primarily for the correction of nearsightedness, also astigmatism and sometimes hyperopia. -To slow down the progression of childhood myopia (nearsightedness)
Ortho-K provides nearly immediate results in correcting myopia. Several studies also indicate that Ortho-K refractive therapy lenses may help prevent myopia from worsening significantly in the future. Traditionally, glasses and daytime contact lenses have been prescribed to correct myopia. However, for children and many young adults, this conventional correction does not prevent their myopia from worsening over time thus requiring stronger prescription lenses to achieve the necessary level of correction.
Ortho-K is reversible. Unlike LASIK surgery, where tissue is permanently altered, Ortho-K requires the movement and reshaping of the corneal tissue instead of being permanently removed or destroyed.
Are you a candidate?
Young children between the age of 8 to 12 with progressive myopia, as well as most adolescents and adults, although the best success is with people under the age of 40. Ortho-K is recommended for low to mild nearsightedness (-4.00 diopters or less). People who are not good candidates include those with dry eye syndrome, a large pupil size, or very high myopia.
Ortho-K is great for sports! As young people are very active athletically, this often allows visual freedom to play sports without wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses.