I am very happy to be able to offer to my patients this great alternative treatment for vision correction and most importantly, to be able to control and prevent myopia progression. Ortho-K contact lenses are custom designed to each unique patient's corneal measurements and correction needed so that the lenses can be worn overnight while sleeping and enjoy good vision during the day, without the need of wearing any lenses or glasses. What is Orthokeratology? Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K for short, is a non-surgical and reversible procedure in which custom designed contact lens devices are used to gently reshape the cornea (front surface) of your eye. It is also known as Corneal Reshaping Technology (CRT) and lenses are worn while sleeping, giving you clear vision during the day without the aid of glasses or contact lenses. Orthokeratology can correct refractive errors like nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism and can improve near vision after age 42 (presbyopia). Orthokeratology may sound dramatic, but it is quite simple. ‘Ortho’ means to ‘correct’. Orthodontics correct teeth. Orthopaedics correct the musculoskeletal system. Orthokeratology corrects the refractive error by reshaping the cornea. The Forge Ortho-K lenses are custom designed with our cutting-edge EyeSpace contact lens design software. Using a corneal topography map, EyeSpace enables the calculation and computerized simulation of your custom made lens, without the need for time consuming and uncomfortable in office trial fitting. How does Ortho- K works? Lenses that work when you aren't wearing them.
Your custom-designed EyeSpace Forge Ortho-K contact lens reshape the front surface of the eye while you sleep. It uses the forces of the eyelid and tear fluid beneath the lens to reshape the top layers of the cornea. For treatment of myopia, the lens produces a flatter central cornea, correcting nearsightedness by decreasing the power of the eye. Ortho-K is reversible, meaning that if at any point you choose not to wear the lenses, your cornea will return back to its original shape and refractive error.
What is the safety of the lenses?
Ortho-k is a safe treatment similar to wearing any type of contact lens. The fact that the lenses are worn for several hours over night and then is free from contacts the majority of hours during your day, allows the eye to be receiving a lot more oxygen than you would with wearing other kind of lenses. This is a much healthier practice for the eye, when it comes to contact lens wear. You will have the responsibility of disinfecting lenses and keeping usual contact lens wear safe practices. We will inform you on everything you need to know about taking care of the lenses and the safe practices you should always take to avoid infections or complications.
Who is ortho-k for?
- PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE FREE OF GLASSES & CONTACTS DURING THE DAY
- PEOPLE WHO PLAY SPORTS — ESPECIALLY CONTACT AND WATER SPORTS
- PEOPLE WORKING IN DUSTY OR DIRTY ENVIRONMENTS
- PEOPLE WITH DRY EYES OR ALLERGIES
- PEOPLE WHO WANT FREEDOM FROM THEIR GLASSES OR DAY WEAR CONTACT LENSES
- CHILDREN WITH PROGRESSIVE MYOPIA
- PEOPLE WHO WANT AN ALTERNATIVE TO LASER SURGERY
- PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD LASER SURGERY AND STILL NEED GLASSES
Ortho-k in Children
Ortho-K is particularly valuable in the management of myopia of nearsightedness in Children. The prevalence of Myopia has increased with the frequent use of near devices in children. It is common that Myopia will increase as the eye grows, but the effect of vision correction that Ortho-K has in the retina has been studied and it has shown to allow for the control of myopia, so that this nearsightedness doesn't get worse. Ortho-k is considered the most effective treatment for myopia control. Children can be thought to put on the lenses and remove them with adult supervision and we will practice and demonstrate the skill in our office. Along with a comprehensive examination, I will discuss this option to the parents to determine if the child is capable of developing the skill and if it could be a good treatment for them.
What is the price of Ortho-k?
The Ortho-k fitting process is one that requires several visits throughout the year to ensure an adequate fitting process. We have designed a pricing structure that includes all your Ortho-k fitting related visits during the year and your annual pair of lenses. The initial package for Ortho-K in year one ranges from $1,500-$2,000, according to the level of vision correction needed and it covers your annual pair of new Ortho-k lenses and all Ortho-k fitting required visits. The cost decreases on year two of the program.
How can I know if I am a good candidate for Ortho-k?
I will conduct a comprehensive examination with corneal mapping to determine if you are a good candidate for Ortho-k. You may use your vision insurance exam benefits toward this examination if you have one. If you don't have any vision insurance you would pay are regular private pay exam fee.
Take advantage of this wonderful alternative treatment that we have available for you or your family.
Call us with additional questions or to Schedule an exam at 904-217-7099