Orthokeratology (Ortho K)
Some common vision disorders can be successfully treated without eyeglasses or contact lenses. Our patients who have myopia, or nearsightedness, can sometimes see vision improvements through orthokeratology, more commonly known as simply Ortho K. This is also true of some patients with mild cases of hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism or presbyopia.
Here is what Ortho K is all about and how it might lead to improved vision for you or a loved one.
Cause of Nearsightedness
Corneas that are slightly misshapen are common. It causes what is called a refractive error, in which light rays are unable to enter the eye as they should, and myopia is the result. You can see nearby object clearly enough, but objects farther away look blurry. This might especially be a challenge while driving.
The usual solution is a pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses, but that might not help everyone. Some people do not like the look of eyeglasses or have irritating problems wearing them. Others might have hard-to-fit challenges with contact lenses.
Those and others can find another possible alternative in Ortho K.
How Ortho K Works
Orthokeratology is a vision treatment procedure that is sometimes called “braces for the eyes.” The way braces for your teeth work is that the practice of wearing them for an extended period slowly pushes your teeth into alignment.
In the case of Ortho K, you will get gas-permeable corrective lenses to wear while you are sleeping. In time, the lenses help to reshape the corneas, improving your vision without you having to wear glasses or contact lenses during the day.
However, Ortho K is not a permanent solution. Some patients must wear the corrective lenses every night to see a continuing daytime improvement. Some others can get by with wearing them every other night or perhaps even less frequently. The point is, you will only have to wear the lenses while you sleep, and perhaps not every night, to get positive results.
Use of the Ortho K corrective lenses is painless and should not in any way disturb your sleep.
Find Out if Ortho K is Right for You
Your Vision Eye Max optometrist wants you to know that orthokeratology is only one more possible solution to address your vision disorder. Make an appointment and we will examine your vision, explain your options for eyesight improvement, and more fully explain the details of orthokeratology, including cost comparisons and other issues.
Please call us at (281) 969-3931 to make an appointment with your Vision Eye Max optometrist. You will find us conveniently located at 9727 Spring Green Blvd. in Katy, TX.