Also called corneal refractive therapy, orthokeratology, or ortho-k, involves wearing specially designed gas permeable (GP) contact lenses. These lenses are worn during sleep and temporarily reshape the contour of the cornea to reduce myopia or nearsightedness. According to research, this type of vision correction method can help slow the progression of myopia.
Find out if your child is a good candidate for orthokeratology in this blog post.
What You Need to Know About Ortho-K
Orthokeratology candidates only wear specially designed GP lenses at night. During the one to two-week treatment phase, your nearsightedness will gradually reduce. Because your vision is slowly changing, you’ll be required to wear disposable lenses during the day. After this stage, you can wear the ortho-k lenses at night only and see clearly during the day without the need for disposable lenses.
You’ll need to visit your eye doctor regularly to make sure your lenses fit properly and to keep track of your eye health. It’s also important to clean your ortho-k lenses every morning upon removal since they fit snugly on the eye.
Is Ortho-K for Your Child?
Young individuals whose nearsightedness is increasing are usually a great candidate for orthokeratology. Studies show that ortho-k lenses can reduce existing myopia when worn during sleep at night. Because young people tend to participate in a lot of sports or physical activities, this treatment will give them visual freedom to play sports without contacts or glasses.
Aside from the benefit of not needing to wear lenses during the day, ortho-k is becoming more popular due to its ability to slow the progression of myopia. Various clinical studies have shown that the design of these lenses can stop the growth of the eye’s axial length, which determines the degree of myopia.
If you interested in this vision correction option, consult Joel H McGahen OD, your local low vision specialist. Call us at (717) 264-4012 or fill out our contact form to make an appointment. We assist patients in Greencastle and Shippensburg, PA, as well as areas around Pennsylvania.