Orthokeratology, also known as Ortho-K, s the use of specially designed and fitted contact lenses to temporarily reshape the cornea to improve vision. Ortho-K helps to stop or slow Myopia from worsening.
For this treatment, specialized gas-permeable contact lenses are worn overnight. These lenses put a slight amount of pressure on your eye to change the shape of the cornea to improve nearsightedness.
For optimal benefits, these lenses should be worn every night. Once lenses use is discontinued, nearsightedness often returns. Ortho-k can fix mild to moderate cases of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and presbyopia. It is also a safe alternative to LASIK or PRK surgery.
By applying mild pressure, Ortho-K flattens the cornea, making it easier for light to focus on the eye. This improves overall vision and ma eliminate the need for contacts or glasses.
Ortho-K is suitable for people of all ages, especially children and teens still in their developmental stage. Ortho-K may also stop glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal separation, keeping eyesight from worsening.
· Seeing well without glasses or contacts: With Ortho-K, patients can go without the hassle of glasses or contacts during the day, making everyday activities easier.
· Treatment that is comfortable and safe: Ortho-K is a treatment that does not require surgery, lasers, or drugs. It also does not hurt, making it a more desirable treatment option that surgical procedures.
· Treatment can be stopped at any time: Ortho-K is reversible; therefore it is easy to stop treatment at any time. Patients may determine this is not the best procedure for their needs and return to wearing contact lenses or frames if they choose.
· Slowing Myopia progression: Ortho-k can stop or slow myopia progression by lowering eye strain, lowering the chance of developing different eye illnesses.
· Avoiding eye surgery: Ortho-K may eliminate the need for invasive eye surgery. Surgeries such as LASIK and PRK have risks associated with them as well as more lengthy recovery time. Ortho-K is a more affordable, customizable alternative to these intensive procedures.
While all procedures come with associated risks, Ortho-K has a high success rate when performed by a trained Ophthalmologist who follows all guidelines for cleanliness and safety. However, there are some risks and adverse effects associated such as:
· Damage to the cornea.
· Your sight changes.
Do not get ortho-K if you have a health problem or have a condition that could be worsened by the procedures. Some of these are allergens, dry eyes, dilated pupils, and more. If you are pregnant, nursing, or taking eye medicine, you should not do Ortho-K.
Ortho-K helps improve vision by keeping nearsightedness from getting worse. It can also help avoid invasive eye surgeries with longer recovery periods. Ortho-k is safe and works well when done by a trained Ophthalmologists, but there are some risks and side effects. Consult an eye doctor to determine whether this treatment suits you. Ortho-k can change the way you treat eye diseases.
For more on Ortho-K, visit DeNovo Eye at our office in McKinney, Texas. Call (469) 317-2020 to schedule an appointment today.