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Orthokeratology is also referred to as “ Eye Braces”, “Ortho- K”, “overnight vision” and “Corneal Refractive Therapy”. With our Ortho-K program, custom made, highly breathable contact lenses gently reshape the cornea during sleep. An Ortho-K lens acts like a retainer for the eyes by helping to reshape the cornea and change how the light is focused at the retina while you sleep, providing you with clearer vision when you wake up. It works by reshaping your cornea (the front part of the eye) in a similar way to laser vision correction. The difference is that Ortho-K is non-surgical and non-invasive. There is no ablating/cutting, no laser, no requirement for medications and it is reversible. In the morning, the lenses are removed and you can enjoy clear vision all day long without glasses or contacts. Retainer lenses (similar to dental braces) are worn nightly to maintain the results. Our Ortho-K program is an alternative to glasses, regular contact lenses or laser surgery. Children can be treated with our Ortho-K program as long as the parent feels that the child is responsible enough to insert, remove, and maintain the Ortho-K lenses. It is especially beneficial for young school-aged children who often experience increases in nearsightedness every year. Worldwide, many children have undergone an Ortho-K program due to its added benefit of controlling/reducing the progression of nearsightedness over time.
To determine whether or not a patient is a good candidate for Ortho-k lenses, the first step would be to book an eye examination with our doctors to perform an ortho-k consult. This will determine the overall ocular health of the eye and also take a map of your cornea using a diagnostic instrument called a topographer. If you are a good candidate, the measurements and map of your cornea will allow a computer controlled lathe to shape the lens or "eye brace" with specialized curves which helps to reshape the corneal tissue.
Unlike laser surgery, Ortho-K is completely reversible if you are not happy with the results.
If you ever decide that you want to pursue laser eye surgery or prefer to wear glasses, you can easily reverse Ortho-K treatments by no longer wearing your contact lens brace while you sleep.
The risks of Ortho-K are generally the same as those of regular contact lens wear. A doctor needs to initiate and supervise Ortho-K treatments to ensure that the cornea is measured properly and accurately, the lenses are performing effectively, the eyes are adapting well to the lenses and that there is no risk of damage present. Doctor-supervised Ortho-K treatments are proven to be very safe and effective. Our Ortho-K program includes regular eye health check-ups that are included in the program fee.
A consultation visit is available to see if you are a good candidate for our Ortho-K program. Please call us for more information at 519-590-8607.