5 Questions You May Have About Ortho-K Lenses but Were Too Afraid to Ask
Over the years, there have been several fantastic developments in the world of contact lenses. Whereas you may have once experienced a sense of dread when it came time to wearing your contact lenses because they were difficult to apply or they were simply uncomfortable during the day, Orthokeratology contact lenses, also known as Ortho-K lenses, removes this aggravation while still treating different ocular conditions. Here are some examples of questions that you may have regarding this unique type of contact lense:
Question 1: How do Orthokeratology contact lenses work?
The way that Ortho-K lenses work can be compared to the way that braces work. In the same way that braces slowly and gently straighten your teeth overtime, Ortho-K lenses gently reshape your cornea. However, unlike traditional metal braces which you need to wear all the time, you will only need to wear these gas permeable lenses at night while sleeping in order for them to be effective. Once you wake up in the morning, you simply remove them and you should be able to see clearly during the day without having to wear glasses or another type of contact lens.
Question 2: Aren’t Ortho-K lenses only used to treat myopia?
Although Ortho-K lenses were originally designed to treat myopia, Ortho-K lenses can also be used to treat a number of other vision issues such as astigmatism and presbyopia. If you have been diagnosed with either of these conditions, our optometrist will determine whether or not Ortho-K lenses are the best treatment option for you.
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Question 3: How often will I need to wear Ortho-K lenses?
One of the great things about Ortho-K lenses is the fact that, unlike traditional contact lenses, Ortho-K lenses are meant to be worn only when you’re sleeping. You will need to wear them every night, although some can wear them less. Our optometrist will go over the proper technique when it comes to apply and removing Ortho-K lenses so that you feel comfortable with the entire process.
Question 4: Can my child use Ortho-K lenses?
Absolutely! In fact, it may be more beneficial for your child to use Ortho-K contact lenses since they are only worn at night. Therefore, they don’t have to worry about wearing them during the school day or during sports and can truly focus on the other important factors in their day without being distracted or uncomfortable. Ortho-K lenses are often recommended for children as a form of myopia management because it has been shown in studies to slow the progression of myopia in children.
Question 5: Will I need to wear Ortho-K lenses permanently?
How often you will need to wear these retainer lenses will be something that our eye doctors will discuss with you in more detail as we transition through your treatment. The treatment is completely reversible and can be stopped any time.
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Learn More About Whether You’re a Candidate for Orthokeratology Contact Lenses
If you’ve been diagnosed with myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism or presbyopia, you may be an ideal candidate for Orthokeratology contact lenses. Our optometrist can develop a comprehensive treatment plan which will address your vision issues and provide you with the clear site that you need to enjoy every aspect of your life. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with us today and learn more about this unique type of contact lenses.
Testimonial from Emily, Satisfied Ortho-K Patient
I’ve had a great experience with this optometry office. Always available and trained me with patience as a first-time eye contact user. Also have had eye exams and Dr. Leoni was very sweet and patient with me. Would recommend to any one in the area who needs regular or special contacts depending on your eye condition. Office staff is also very professional, knowledgeable and helpful.