“Ortho-K” is short for orthokeratology. This non-surgical procedure uses specially designed retainers to reshape the curvature of your eye gently and improve your vision as you sleep. The retainers reshape the cornea, which is the clear front cover of the eye. The lenses temporarily reshape the cornea to sharpen vision. The effect wears off after a few hours.
You simply put the special contacts in just before you go to sleep. When you awaken, you will enjoy clear, sharp vision without the use of glasses or contacts for hours.
Who is a Good Candidate for Ortho-K
Our optometrist can help you determine if you or someone in your family is a good candidate for Ortho-K.
If you are like most people with mild to moderate nearsightedness, also known as myopia, Ortho-K is right for you. This is true even if you have mild astigmatism, where an imperfection in the cornea causes an area of blurred vision.
Ortho-K may be right for you if you are a child or young adult who does not want to wear glasses but are too young for LASIK, a type of surgery that reshapes the cornea. If you are a young patient who is a poor candidate for other types of surgery, perhaps because of dry eyes or another problem, orthokeratology may be right for you. These lenses may be the right choice for you if you play contact sports or work in a dusty environment. Ortho-K may be the best choice for you if you suffer from keratoconus, an eye condition that causes your cornea to bulge outward in a cone shape.
Because its effects on the eye are temporary, there is very little risk associated with Ortho-K. You can stop using the lenses any time you wish to return to glasses or contacts.
To learn if Ortho-K is right for you, make an appointment with our optometrist at Personal Eyes, LLC at 1776 E Lancaster Ave #2 Paoli, PA 19301.
Is Ortho-K right for you or a member of your family?