Ideal Candidates for Ortho-k

Ideal Candidates for Ortho-k

December 8, 2021

If you suffer from a refractive error, you can improve your vision without depending on prescription glasses. You can enjoy good eyesight without going through eye surgery. Orthokeratology or ortho-k is an innovative solution that involves the use of custom-designed contact lenses. 

The wearer puts on the fitted contacts overnight, and they help improve vision by reshaping the cornea while the patient sleeps. Upon removal of the lenses in the morning, the patient can see all day. The lenses are made from rigid gas-permeable material.


Ideal Candidates for Ortho-k

Eye specialists usually prescribe ortho-k lenses in two situations. The lenses can help delay myopia progression in children, and they can correct some refractive errors. Patients with mild to moderate refractive errors are good candidates for the treatment. 

Ortho-k is a great option for adults who require myopia prescriptions. People with a low degree of astigmatism are good candidates for ortho-k. The treatment is effective for farsightedness or hyperopia and presbyopia or age-related eye lens hardening. 


Ortho-k for Children

Children who have myopia can benefit from ortho-k treatment. The therapy helps to halt or slow the progression of myopia. If your child has myopia, getting the ortho-k lenses can help ensure that your child’s vision does not deteriorate. You can help ensure that your child has a bright future when it comes to vision. To find out whether your child can benefit from the lenses, visit an eye specialist for consultation. 


Physically Active People

Physically active people can benefit greatly from ortho-k. These are people who cannot wear glasses or contacts during their activities. Athletes can find ortho-k lenses very beneficial. They can participate in their sports without lenses that hinder their vision. 

For many sporting activities, having an accurate vision can mean the difference between winning and losing. Ortho-k is beneficial for those below the age of 18 who are not good candidates for refractive surgery.


Ortho-k: What to Expect

It usually takes a few weeks to achieve optimal vision correction through ortho-k. However, some patients experience positive results within weeks. Most patients require several ortho-k lenses before getting the desired prescription. 

Many people need to wear up to three pairs of corneal reshaping lenses to achieve the desired vision correction. When the eyes attain the
desired curve, retainer ortho-k lenses are prescribed to be worn according to the doctor’s recommendation. Failure to wear the lenses as directed can reverse the results. 


Getting Ortho-k Screening

To find out if you are an ideal candidate for ortho-k, you need to get an orthokeratology screening. During the screening, the specialist will examine your eyes and your lens prescription. You will also get information on how ortho-k works. 

The eye health practitioner will discuss your goals and expectations during the screening. Patients who are not ready for refractive surgery can wear ortho-k lenses. This will help them stall as they decide whether to get LASIK.

When you get ortho-k treatment, you will be able to see well without eyeglasses or contacts for a day or two. 

To find out if you are an ideal candidate for ortho-k, visit Family Vision Care Associates at our office in White Plains, New York. You can call 914-359-3300 today to schedule an appointment.

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