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What is Orthokeratology?

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Short-sighted? Vision problems? Tired of glasses or contacts? What if you could correct your vision without surgery? Imagine waking up without contact lenses. Imagine not worrying about dry, irritated eyes with contact lenses.

Let us introduce you with Orthokeratology (also known as ortho-k) — a non-surgical alternative to corrective eyewear such as eyeglasses or daytime contact lenses. In this article, you will get all the information that is pertinent to it.

What exactly is Orthokeratology?

Orthokeratology corrects eyesight by gradually reshaping the cornea of the eye as you sleep with the help of therapeutic contact lenses.

Whether you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia, such therapies can assist. You won’t need glasses or contacts when you wake up.

Note: Orthokeratology is not permanent. If you stop wearing your Ortho-K lenses while you sleep on a regular basis, it may take as little as 72 hours for your vision to return to how it was before you started wearing the lenses.

Knowing about Effect Of Ortho-K

The effects of taking Ortho-K typically last for around three days. Patients commonly report noticing changes within a few hours of using Ortho-K once they have been accustomed to the treatment and have had time to acclimate themselves to it.

After a week of using Ortho-K as directed, you should be able to anticipate experiencing 20/20 vision during the day. It is possible to use Ortho-K for one’s entire life.

Is Orthokeratology suitable?

The progression of myopia can be slowed or halted by orthokeratology (short-sightedness). In cases where myopia is already present, it can be used to correct astigmatism as well. Ortho-k lenses can correct vision for people of any age, but they are especially helpful with kids and teens whose eyesight is deteriorating.

  • Those who are physically active, particularly those who indulge in contact or water sport
  • Those who don’t want to rely on contact lenses or eyeglasses during the day
  • People who work in factories or other dusty conditions
  • People who are hesitant to undergo refractive surgery or who do not meet the requirements sometimes resort to glasses or contacts
  • Myopic person
  • Those with allergies or dry eyes

Is Orthokeratology Safe?

The Ortho-K treatment is one that is both extremely safe and reversible. The FDA gave its approval in the year 2002; despite this, wearing contact lenses is not without some degree of danger. Most commonly, a mild illness that can be treated quickly and easily with antibiotic drops. Adopting a routine that involves very careful disinfecting of the lenses and wearing them in accordance with the instructions provided significantly reduces the risk.

How to start with Orthokeratology?

Making an appointment for a comprehensive consultation at Lumos Vision Care is the most effective approach to find out if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. In order to determine whether or not the treatment will meet your needs, our optometrist will first do a comprehensive evaluation of your baseline prescription, eye health, corneal shape, lifestyle, and visual requirements.

Get in touch with our staff at Lumos Vision Care if you have any questions regarding the prices of our orthokeratology services!

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