Wouldn’t it be convenient to reduce or even remove your dependence on corrective lenses without resorting to eye surgery? An orthokeratology specialist can do just that!
If you suffer from myopia, or near-sightedness, it probably feels like you’re stuck with two choices: wear glasses for the rest of your life, or sign up for an invasive surgical procedure and long recovery time. Shouldn’t there be something in the middle? Thankfully, there is!
Orthokeratology (sometimes known as ortho-k) is an innovative, nonsurgical procedure that treats the root cause of myopia. Rather than simply compensating for vision loss, like glasses or contacts, Orthokeratology treats the problem at its source. An orthokeratology specialist can evaluate your unique situation and tell you if Ortho-k is the best choice for your eyes!
What Does Orthokeratology Look Like?
Ortho-K (short for orthokeratology) is a nonsurgical procedure that uses custom-fitted contact lenses to gently reshape the curvature of the eye. As your eyes become accustomed to each pair of orthokeratology lenses, your Orthokeratology specialist will provide you with a new pair to continue the reshaping process.
While receiving Orthokeratology treatment, you’ll insert a pair of breathable contact lenses every night before going to bed. These lenses will gently reshape your corneas as you sleep, you’ll see clearly for several days after you remove them! Although it can initially feel strange to wear contacts to bed, the lenses are so gentle and comfortable that most patients adjust in no time.
Ortho-k is more convenient than glasses or contact lenses because you don’t need to wear anything during the day. Plus, the process is reversible and carries very few risks when compared to corrective surgeries.
Do I Need An Orthokeratology Specialist?
Many people can benefit from visiting an Orthokeratology specialist and learning about this revolutionary procedure. Here are some of the best candidates for Ortho-K:
- Children who don’t want to wear glasses but are too young for corrective surgery
- Adults who suffer from mild to moderate myopia and are ready to be free of the burden of glasses or contacts
- People who play sports or work in environments that make glasses or contact lenses an impractical choice
Orthokeratology can also be used to slow or stop the progression of childhood myopia before it affects quality of life. Because their fitting require a high degree of expertise, these lenses can only be prescribed by a licensed Orthokeratology specialist. Dr. Leonard and his experienced staff can correctly measure your eyes and determine if you’re a good candidate for Ortho-K.
Dr. Barry Leonard is one of the area’s leading Orthokeratology specialists and has successfully performed this innovative procedure on patients of all ages. Contact us to set up an appointment and learn more about whether Ortho-K is the right choice for you!