6 Benefits of Using Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) Lenses
Wearing lenses that correct myopia and slow down myopia progression may sound like a fairy tale, but in fact, it’s reality. The idea of orthokeratology lenses is certainly not new. However, these lenses only started making fundamental advances within the last few decades.
Today, the technology is really taking off, thanks to the introduction of advanced and precise technology. These devices make it easier and faster to create 3D models of the surface of the eye. Another catalyst in the new technology is the improved polymer material to make hard contact lenses more oxygen permeable. However, it’s the potential benefits of treatment that probably interest you the most. Here are six reasons to try Orthokeratology for myopia.
1. Myopia Management
In our Myopia Management Clinic, we use Ortho-K lenses to slow the progression of myopia in our young patients. These lenses are designed specifically for each patient. First, we map the surface of the eye, and then we use the information we gain to make a custom lens. Several studies have shown that this method is effective at slowing myopia progression by preventing the eye from growing.
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2. The Method is Suitable for Almost Anyone
Most people with mild to moderate myopia are good candidates for Ortho-K. They can start using Ortho-K lenses from the moment the first signs of myopia appear. There are no age restrictions on this treatment.
Thanks to orthokeratology, small children can play outside without fear of breaking their glasses or losing their contact lenses. Adults undergoing the treatment and involved in contact sports also do not have to worry about annoying glasses. This treatment is also ideal for those who work in dusty environments or spend a great deal of time with computer screens. Finally, these lenses are also very helpful for people who suffer from dry eyes.
3. Help for Astigmatism
Ortho-K is typically used as a temporary correction for myopia. However, it can also help patients with hyperopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism. The type and amount of refractive error that orthokeratology lenses can manage effectively vary on a case-by-case basis. Only people with more severe forms of these eye conditions may not experience benefits from these lenses.
4. Superior Comfort
If you are wearing contact lenses for the first time, your eye doctor or another competent assistant will instruct you on applying, removing, and caring for them. Ortho-K lenses are easy to apply and remove. Usually, ortho-k lenses are worn at night while sleeping. When you take them out in the morning, you will enjoy clear vision all day long. The same simple care rules and hygiene conditions apply as for regular gas permeable contact lenses. It is important to care for your lenses properly to avoid infection and other issues.
5. Quick Results
Patients who try Ortho-K usually report rapid results. Some people even speak of a noticeable improvement after the first night of lens wear. In any case, myopia improves over the following weeks until the vision stabilizes. Patients generally require more frequent checkups in the beginning but can usually then switch to quarterly follow-ups. Regular eye exams involve assessing how the treatment is working for you and how long you need to wear the lenses each night for optimal results.
6. Reversible Effects
Those who stop wearing orthokeratological lenses are not left with any permanent changes. There are also no scars. If you decide to stop wearing the lenses, your eye will return to its natural shape after a while. That means that Ortho-K is a virtually risk-free way to slow the progression of myopia.
Switching from wearing glasses or lenses every day to every night may have a dramatic positive effect on your quality of life. If you are interested in finding out whether you are a good candidate for orthokeratology, Contact Weston Contact Lens Institute today!
A testimonial from a kid using orthokeratology lenses: