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Correct your vision and reduce your need for eyeglasses or daytime contact lenses without surgery. Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K, is a non-invasive, low-risk corneal molding option for myopia (nearsightedness).
What is Orthokeratology?
Ortho-K is the technology of corneal reshaping that eliminates the need for eyeglasses or daytime contact lenses
Ortho-K is sometimes referred to as a “retainer” for your eyes, as it reshapes the surface of the eye for improved vision, just as dental retainers maintain the alignment of straightened teeth for a better smile.
Ortho-K is also known as corneal molding, overnight vision correction, or corneal refractive therapy (CRT).
What is the Difference Between Orthokeratology and Myopia Management
Ortho-K is one of several treatment options that help manage myopia and slow down its progression. Other options for the management of myopia include specialized eyedrops, or contact lenses. The term “myopia control”, or “myopia management”, refers to the general treatment of nearsightedness.
How Does Ortho-K Work?
Ortho-K uses gas permeable contact lenses that are custom designed for overnight use. The Ortho-K lenses gently reshape the cornea, or the surface of the eye, during sleep, eliminating the need for daytime vision correction.
The cornea is very flexible, and contributes to most of the eye’s focusing power. Its job is to focus light into the retina. Ortho-K functions in the same way that daytime corrective contact lenses reshape the cornea in order to better refract light as it enters the eye.
Is Ortho-K Permanent?
Unlike surgery for vision correction, the results of Ortho-K are completely reversible. This means that, with discontinued use, the eyes will go back to their original shape.
Ortho-K is an ongoing vision treatment. For best results, the lenses should be worn every night.
What Vision Problems Can the Lenses Correct?
Ortho-K is commonly used for the treatment of myopia, or nearsightedness, as this vision problem is easily corrected with simple corneal reshaping.
Ortho-K can also treat astigmatism, hyperopia (farsightedness), and presbyopia. These vision problems are more common as people age and the cornea loses elasticity.
How Do I Get Fitted for Lenses?
Your doctor will use an ophthalmological instrument called a corneal topographer to measure and map the surface of your eye and your cornea.
Without actually touching your eye, the instrument will reflect light off of the surface. This will create a topographical corneal map of the shape and curves of your cornea, which your doctor will use to create custom lenses for your eyecare needs.
Who Are the Best Candidates?
Ortho-k is a great alternative to Lasik. It’s low-risk, non-invasive, and there’s no recovery time. People with any prescription for vision correction are potential candidates for Ortho-K, including:
Active people who find that glasses and contact lenses interfere with their lifestyle
Age 40+ adults who require vision correction for both distance and reading but who would rather not rely on glasses or daytime contact lenses
Any individual who wants freedom from glasses and daytime contact lenses but who would rather avoid surgery and prefers non-invasive options like Ortho-K lenses
Children whose myopia (nearsightedness) prescription is worsening over time and who would like to slow down its progression
Is Orthokeratology Safe?
There is little risk involved in using Ortho-K lenses because the corneal reshaping is temporary and non-invasive, unlike surgery.
Children and teens who use Ortho-K lenses may face an increased risk of infection, however, primarily due to a lack of attention to proper hygiene. Maintaining proper cleaning practices, along with careful storage, insertion, and removal of Ortho-K contact lenses significantly reduces the chance of infection.
Why Choose Eyes of NM for Ortho-K treatment?
At NM Family Optometry, our mission is to provide the best individualized eyecare options. We care about every detail. Just as everyone’s eyes are different, every custom fit we prescribe is suited to your unique needs.
Custom fittings allow us to work with prescriptions for contact lenses that are outside of the normal range, so you know you’re getting the best prescription, the best fit, and the best results.
The right corrective lenses can treat astigmatism, hyperopia (far-sightedness), presbyopia, and myopia (near-sightedness), while also preventing further myopic progression.
Contact our team at Eyes of NM to find out more about how Ortho-K can help you get rid of the glasses and see the world more clearly.