Ortho-K, also known as corneal reshaping or Corneal Refractive Therapy, is a nickname given to Orthokeratology — a process that uses treatment devices such as retainer lenses or vision retainers to temporarily reshape the contour of the cornea. The goal of this procedure is to reduce myopia or nearsightedness of patients. To know more about Ortho-K and what to expect, here is a list of frequently asked questions.
1. “Are there age restrictions for Ortho-K?”
None. Children as young as six years old have been treated with Ortho-K lenses. In fact, the treatment is one of the most common methods of vision correction in pre-teens and teens.
2. “Who is considered a good candidate?”
Ortho-K proves to be an effective treatment for farsighted, nearsighted and astigmatic patients. If your child has been unable to wear contact lenses, due to discomfort or allergies, they make a good candidate. This is because Ortho-K lenses are easy to use and can be worn while sleeping.
3. “How do Ortho-K lenses differ from typical lenses?”
Ortho-K contact lenses are specifically designed with highly oxygen-permeable material. The back surface of the lens is particularly made to enable the reshaping of the corneal tissue.
4. “How long does it take to reach good vision?”
Stable vision can be achieved after 10-14 days of treatment, depending on the prescription. In fact, 50-70% of the desired visual correction is attained after the first night of wear.
5. “How long can Ortho-K provide myopia control?”
The effect of myopia control should last as long as your use of Ortho-K lenses. It is advisable for young children to wear the lenses until their late teens when myopia tends to destabilize. Fortunately, there are no anecdotal reports from patients that state ‘rebounding’ after their use of ortho-K contact lenses has come to an end.
To get started with Ortho-K treatment, it is essential to contact a trusted eye exam doctor. Here at Lumen Optometric, we strive to provide excellent full-service eye care solutions with outstanding patient care services to match. Call us today at (626) 921-0199 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment.