“I started using Ortho-K contacts about a year ago and all they have been is great! I don’t have to worry about the hassles of disposable contacts anymore. The fact that I can swim without having to worry about losing a contact, and I am still able to see clearly is remarkable. I also love how you don’t have to worry about your contact drying up or falling out during the day anymore. Ortho-K makes my life so much easier, I’m glad I made the switch”. – Julia
Ortho-K, also known as cornea refractive therapy, is a process that uses custom made retainers to temporarily reshape the cornea contour. It can be used to correct vision problems, such as myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and sometimes presbyopia. Orthokeratology is an alternative for those who want to say farewell to contact lenses and eyeglasses along with those who prefer not to undergo eye laser surgery. It’s also a good option for children with myopia. Just wear the specialized retainers while sleeping and remove them when you wake up. You will be able to see clearly without glasses or contact lenses during the day.
Your qualified Optometrist can perform most orthokeratology retainer fittings. Ortho-K is a very specialized type of fitting, and it’s best to choose an optometrist who specializes in this area. What type of results can you expect from Ortho-K? Eye care specialists aim for 20/20 vision, but 20/40 vision is an acceptable outcome.
An optometrist will map the curvatures of your corneas with a corneal topographer. It’s pain-free and generates a topographical map of the eye’s surface. Custom OrthoK retainers will be custom made and designed to specifically fit your eyes and prescription.
Although you feel them at first when you sleep, it becomes less noticeable in time. How long does it take to work? Some people experience excellent vision after two days. However, higher prescriptions may take 4 to 6 weeks for maximum vision. While you’re waiting for Ortho-K to work, you may see halos around lights or need to wear glasses. Unlike LASIK surgery, Ortho-K is non-surgical.
Personal Eyes: Your Optometrist in Paoli, PA
At Personal Eyes in Paoli, PA, we offer Ortho-K and are happy to bring this new technology to our patients. Many of our patients have had success with Ortho-K and appreciate its convenience. The first thing we do is a comprehensive eye exam to determine if you’re a good candidate for Ortho-K. This eye exam includes a full visual workup, corneal topography and an ocular health exam. If you’re a good candidate, your retainers will be ordered based on the information received at the initial exam. We also teach our patients how to insert, remove, clean and disinfect the retainers.
Ortho K has an extra added benefit for children and young adults because it slows down or stops the progression of nearsightedness.
If you’re considering Ortho-K for visual correction, give us a call at 610-200-6280 to schedule an appointment. Great eye care begins at Personal Eyes.
“I spent 6k on her pretty teeth, why wouldn’t i spend 1/4 of that on protecting her eye sight for life and thus her enjoyment of life by eliminating the hassle of glasses and daytime contacts ? “ – Becky W.
“Ortho-k makes it easier to deal with daily life and allows me to fully enjoy volleyball. I no longer need specialty sport glasses.” – Hannah W.
“I just wake up one morning and I have perfect vision!” – Bella