What is Orthokeratology?
Ortho-K is revolutionary non-surgical procedure that eliminates the need for glasses or daytime contact lenses.
How does it work?
The custom designed therapeutic contact lenses gently reshape the front of the eye while you sleep. You simply insert the lenses at bedtime and take them out when you awake, and you're left with clear, natural vision for the rest of the day!
What are the benefits?
- Myopia control (slows the rate of nearsightedness prescription worsening/ progression)
- Relief from dry eye (patients can see well without irritating contacts)
- Alternative to laser surgery
- Flexible & fully REVERSIBLE (doctor can change the lenses to match changes in your prescription)
Who May Benefit from Ortho-K?
- People uncomfortable in contact lenses due to allergies or dryness
- People who work in a dusty or windy environment
- People who swim and need clear vision (contact lens wear while swimming is unsafe!)
- People who want to work out, hike, swim, ski or enjoy other sports free of glasses/contacts
- People who want to be able to wake up in the night and see clearly
- People with a job that requires good vision without contacts/glasses (eg law enforcement)
- People frustrated with glasses slipping down their nose
- People interested in LASIK but are not quite ready or want a non-surgical alternative
- Children with worsening prescriptions or risk of high prescriptions (family history)
- Children who are being bullied for wearing glasses
This procedure is suitable for a broad base of the population that requires vision correction. Book an appointment to find out if you’re a candidate for Ortho-K lenses.
How long does it take?
Orthokeratology can produce results in a surprisingly short period of time. The length of treatment to achieve your goals can vary, but is generally 7-10 days. Factors which can affect the speed of treatment include: your initial prescription, corneal rigidity, tear quality and patient expectations. During the first few days of the fitting process, your doctor may provide soft lenses that can be used temporarily until excellent vision with Ortho-K alone is achieved.
Is it safe?
Ortho-K is a very safe and fully reversible. It was approved by the FDA in 2002. The only documented risk or side effect is the small risk of infection, that comes with any kind of contact lens wear. If infection occurs, it can usually be treated promptly without permanent damage. The risk of infection is greatly reduced by careful cleaning and disinfecting, by wearing the lenses as prescribed by your doctor, and by complying with the necessary follow-up visits.
If you are interested in Ortho-K, book an appointment with one of our Certified Orthokeratologists: Dr. Bart McRoberts, Dr. Clark Bowden, Dr. Sydney Davidson, and Dr. Melanie Hennenfent.
Further studies and articles are listed below for your review:
- SMART Study - 3 Year Outcomes and Overview
- The Safety of Orthokeratology
- Increasing Prevalence of Myopia in Europe and the Impact of Education
- Efficacy and Acceptability of Orthokeratology for Slowing Progression in Children