If you’re tired of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses, then your low vision specialist may suggest you try orthokeratology. This process, referred to simply as Ortho-K, is an excellent alternative to traditional refractive eye conditions. It’s also a good way to correct your vision problems without enduring the invasiveness or permanence of a LASIK surgery.
Ortho-K uses specialized lenses to “shape” your corneas and correct low vision. These lenses are similar to contact lenses, however, unlike conventional contacts, they are meant to be worn at night while you are asleep. Let our eye specialists at Joel H McGahen OD explain what orthokeratology is and how it can benefit you.
What Is Orthokeratology?
Ortho-K is the newest way of correcting refractive eye problems like myopia. It’s even newer than LASIK or contact lenses. As previously mentioned, ortho-k uses a device similar to contact lenses that you are supposed to wear overnight. Unlike contact lenses, however, ortho-K lenses are gas-permeable, making them safe to use even while you sleep. You can think of it as “breathable” lenses that will not dry out your eyes.
Is Orthokeratology Permanent?
The treatment process for ortho-k is progressive. This means you will need to wear the special lenses continuously to get the best results. Over time, some of its effects can reach its peak usefulness, allowing you to have clear vision for up to 48 hours. Normally, however, ortho-K lenses can help correct vision for up to 16 to 24 hours for every night of use.
Why Choose Ortho-K?
Your eye doctor will explain to you that myopia, or shortsightedness, is a progressive condition. This means it tends to get worse the older you become, especially if it is not corrected early. Ortho-K is one of the safest ways to correct the effects of myopia even as it progresses.
Find out if ortho-k is right for you with the help of our specialists at Joel H McGahen OD. Give us a call at (717) 264-4012 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation today. We serve patients in Shippensburg and Greencastle, PA, as well as other surrounding communities in Pennsylvania.