Frequently Asked Questions
What is Orthokeratology?
Ortho-k is the science of changing the curvature or shape of the cornea to change how light is focused on the retina at the back of one's eye. This is achieved by using a special overnight wave contact lens much like how dentists use retainers. The lens is very easy to use and it is worn while you sleep.
How Safe is Ortho-k?
Many people have been able to eliminate their dependance upon their glasses and standard contact lenses with no adverse effects or eye damage. Unlike surgical refractive procedures, the corneal tissue is not scarred. However, as with all contact lenses, care must be taken to maintain eye health with proper cleaning and disinfection of the contact lenses.
Who Can Benefit From Ortho-k?
There have been many technological advances which allow ortho-k to work for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopes.
Will I Still Have To Wear Glasses or Contacts? Is Ortho-k Permanent?
Can Ortho-k Help Children and Teenagers?
Absolutely, many studies around the world have indicated that Ortho-k can keep your children's nearsightedness from getting worse. Increasing nearsightedness is a risk factor for detached retina and glaucoma. It is used to slow down the progression of nearsightedness (myopia) and leave children and teenagers with a brighter future.
If I Wear Bifocals, Reading Glasses or Progressive Lenses, Am I A Candidate?
If you are 40 or over, your reading correction may be addressed with multifocal (like your progressive lenses) or monovision (one eye corrected for distance and one eye corrected for near) ortho-k retainers. Another alternative is to correct both eyes for distance vision and wear reading glasses whenever you want to do near work.