Ortho-K: The Non-Surgical Way to Clear Vision
Your Optometrist in Plano and Prosper Texas want you to know that Ortho-K may be the solution for your myopia. Ortho-K is often a better solution than surgery.
What is Ortho-K?
Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) refers to special rigid gas permeable lenses that reshape your corneas while you sleep. Their unique shape offers vision correction so that prescription glasses or contact lenses are not needed during the daytime. By wearing these lenses through the night, a patient can wake up to clear and sharp vision through the day without the need of any corrective lens at all. This can is very advantageous when you participate in sports or engage in high-movement activities where glasses and contacts are not convenient.
What Do ORTHO-K Lenses Involve?
During your initial visit, you receive a thorough eye examination that includes us taking topography maps of the corneas. In this way, a practitioner looks for any diseases or corneal irregularities. If it is determined that the corneas are healthy, calculations are performed to determine you require toric or spherical lenses. Toric lenses are required when a patient has a non-spherical anterior corneal surface. Lens fitting requires a next day and six-month follow-up.
How Comfortable are They?
Most people find wearing Ortho-K lenses reasonably comfortable while some experience mild discomfort on their first night. The comfort level is somewhere between wearing soft contact lenses and daytime hard lenses. Because these lenses enable the patient to see clearly they can see well when they wake up during the night.
Should You Get Ortho-K?
- Whoever wants or needs to be free of daytime contact lenses or glasses.
- Adults who are interested in laser surgery but don’t quite ready for the procedure.
- The treatment of choice when it is possible to slow myopia progression, especially with children.
- People with dry eyes and therefore cannot tolerate daytime contact lenses.
- Children who play a lot of sports and can't wear daytime contact lenses.
Who May not be Eligible for Ortho-K?
People with corneal diseases such as keratoconus or prior corneal injuries that resulted in an abnormal surface may not be good candidates. In certain mild cases, Ortho-K can still be fitted successfully provided the patient is aware of diminished success rates. Those with a very high myopia may not be suitable.
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