What Is Orthokeratology and Who Is a Candidate?

By Jeffrey Schultz on March 09, 2017

A woman resting and asleepPeople in and around Cleveland know that they can turn to Lifetime Eye Care for their vision needs. We offer guidance and information about some of the latest vision correction procedures, from LASIK and other refractive procedures to non-surgical solution to improve your eyesight.

A number of patients have asked us about orthokeratology, a corneal reshaping treatment also known as ortho-k. Let's cover the basics of ortho-k and then see who may be a good candidate for this treatment.

What Is Orthokeratology?

Orthokeratology is a method of reshaping a person's cornea using gas permeable contact lenses. These contacts provide a temporary change in cornea shape that can improve vision without the need to wear glasses.

How Orthokeratology Works

When undergoing orthokeratology, patients are asked to wear gas permeable contact lenses at night while sleeping. These contacts are hard to help reshape the cornea overnight, yet they are designed to allow the eyes to breathe and receive oxygen. After six to eight hours, the shape of the cornea is revised, allowing a patient to see clearly without glasses or contacts.

It's as simple as that.

General Candidates for Orthokeratology

Orthokeratology is an excellent option for people who experience certain levels of nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. Patients should want to improve their vision without having to wear contacts or glasses throughout their day.

A Non-Surgical Alternative to Refractive Procedures

One of the most attractive aspects of ortho-k treatment is that there is no surgery required to achieve great results. It can be an alternative to LASIK and other refractive procedures. Patients don't have to face any risks from ortho-k treatment unlike laser eye surgery.

Orthokeratology for Nearsightedness and Astigmatism

People who suffer from up to -6.00 diopters of nearsightedness and up to -1.75 diopters of astigmatism are often eligible to undergo orthokeratology. Other conditions regarding the health of their eyes will be taken into account, of course.

Orthokeratology for Farsightedness and Presbyopia

Some new lenses have been developed to help address farsightedness as well as presbyopia (a type of age-related farsightedness). Orthokeratology is a potential option for people with up to +5.00 diopters of farsightedness.

An Excellent Option for Children

Many children have been able to undergo ortho-k treatment with excellent results. It's a great option for kids and teenagers who will be able to tolerate wearing contact lenses during bedtime.

Orthokeratology for Athletes

Athletes do their best when they don't have to worry about prescription glasses or goggles, or about their contact lenses falling out. Orthokeratology can give you an edge in training and in competition since there are no lenses to wear while you're in the game.

Is Orthokeratology Right for Me?

The best way to find out if orthokeratology is the right option for you is to schedule a consultation at our practice. We'll go over the procedure and assess your overall suitability for it. If you are not an ideal candidate for orthokeratology, we can go over various alternative treatments and figure out the right one for you.

Contact Lifetime Eye Care

For more information about state-of-the-art vision solutions and how they can help you, be sure to contact our advanced eye care and vision center today. The team at Lifetime Eye Care is here to help you enhance your eyesight improve your quality of life.

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