If you have a refractive error, you might assume you are limited to three treatment options: traditional eyeglasses, contact lenses or laser eye surgery. Actually, there is another solution, known as orthokeratology, with which the Aucello EyeCare Center team has seen great success.
Despite orthokeratology being around since the ’60s, many people don’t even know it exists. But as the lens designs and materials continue to improve, our team of doctors is eager to make our patients aware of this remarkable option.
Read on as we answer common questions about orthokeratology.
How Does Ortho-K Work?
Orthokeratology, nicknamed “Ortho-K,” is an exciting alternative to traditional contacts, glasses or laser eye surgery to control myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism. Special molds, which are similar to contact lenses, are worn overnight to gently reshape the front surface of the eye so it can properly focus light on the retina.
Think of Ortho-K like an orthodontic dental retainer — only for your eyes!
Do I Have to Wear My Regular Contacts During the Day?
No. When you wake up in the morning, you can remove your Ortho-K lenses and enjoy clear vision without your glasses or daytime contact lenses.
This is an incredible option if you want to be glasses-free but do not qualify for laser eye surgery. It is also a great option for individuals who are avid swimmers or athletes and find that daytime contact lenses interfere with those activities, or individuals who have dry eye issues and find it hard to tolerate daytime contact lenses.
Is Ortho-K Appropriate for Kids?
Yes, Ortho-K is suitable for children, teenagers and adults alike. Ortho-K can actually slow down yearly prescription increases that are common among children.
How Soon Will I See Results?
It depends on factors such as your specific refractive error at the time you begin treatment. Some people notice clear, crisp vision after only a day or two of wearing Ortho-K lenses overnight; others require two weeks or longer for results to become apparent.
How Long Do the Results Last?
The visual improvements normally last for a day or two. To see the best and longest lasting results, you should wear your lenses every night.
What Happens If I Stop Wearing the Ortho-K Lenses at Night?
The effects of Ortho-K treatment are reversible. If you stop wearing the lenses at night, your cornea will eventually return to its original shape.
Where Can I Learn More About Ortho-K?
Ortho-K is available locally with the team of Aucello EyeCare Center. Our eyecare professionals perform orthokeratology lens fittings and monitor patients closely to ensure their safety and satisfaction.
If you are interested in Ortho-K, we invite you to contact us and schedule an evaluation with our team to discuss your specific visual needs. After examining your eyes, we can determine whether Ortho-K is suitable for your case and give you specific recommendations.