To determine if you are a candidate for Ortho-K, a few things must be considered: your visual needs/expectations, eye health, type and level of prescription, hours of sleep, and willingness to participate. There are no age requirements.
WHAT IT MEANS: You were prescribed glasses for the distance (driving, TV, anything greater than a couple feet away). At a certain prescription, you see better up close without your glasses/contacts.
HOW ORTHO-K CAN HELP: You won’t need to put on glasses to see in the distance any longer!
*For those of you who are myopic but need reading help with progressive lenses, Ortho-K can also be built with a reading enhancement to aid with reading.
IT’S COMPLICATED: Astigmatism can occur with both myopia and hyperopia
WHAT IT MEANS: You see slightly distortion and shadows without your glasses, which you might wear for both distance and near.
HOW ORTHO-K CAN HELP: You won’t experience the distortion nor shadows!
I HAVE HYPEROPIA (AKA FARSIGHTEDNESS)
Farsightedness is more complicated, it breaks down into two categories (simplified for this web format)
CATEGORY 1: You’re farsighted and only have trouble with reading.
YOUR EXPERIENCE: Vision has been fairly clear for your whole life, but upon landing in your 40-50s, you find that you now need reading glasses.
HOW ORTHO-K CAN HELP: You won’t need reading glasses for most tasks and your distance will likely subtly improve.
CATEGORY 2: You’re farsighted and have trouble with both reading and the distance.
YOUR EXPERIENCE: Vision has been clear up until your 30-40s, but now you need glasses for both distance and near.
HOW ORTHO-K CAN HELP: This scenario is the most life-changing for patients! Ortho-k essentially reverses your visual experience by about 20 years, back to a time when you were able to wake up seeing 100% clear.
Other eye health factors need to be taken into account before initiating Orthokeratology. During an Ortho-K consult, one of our doctors will review your complete visual and systemic health to ensure you’re a good candidate.
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