Call upon the eye doctors at Premier Eye Care in Fort Worth, TX, to see if your refractive vision error can be treated with orthokeratology. Let’s start with an understanding of what this vision treatment, also known as ortho-K, is all about and the problems it can correct.
Slightly misshapen corneas are common vision disorders known as “refractive errors.” When light doesn’t bend into the eye correctly, the result in blurry vision.
Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K, is an effective treatment option for many people with nearsightedness. It can also treat milder cases of hyperopia, or farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. These are all conditions that can further erode eyesight if left untreated.
The ortho-K lenses are devices that are gas-permeable corrective lenses that are worn at night. They temporarily reshape your corneas so that you have improved vision during the day, without the need for daytime lens use.
In this way, ortho-K is sometimes compared to the braces your children might wear to straighten their teeth. It’s similar in that special devices are used to correct a common disorder.
Some patients must wear contact lenses every night, while others maintain their vision improvement while only wearing the contacts every other night or even slightly less frequently. If you discontinue wearing the ortho-k lenses as often as you need to, your vision gains will gradually be lost.
There are other common ways of gaining the same vision improvements for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and similar vision impairments, but Ortho-K might make your life simpler. With ortho-k you won’t need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses during the day. The procedure is also much simpler than LASIK or other invasive surgical techniques.
It can also be a better solution for children who might be too young to undergo surgical techniques.
Not sure if ortho-k is right for you? You can try orthokeratology and discontinue use if you aren’t convinced. Simply go back to your eyeglasses or standard contact lenses.
The treatment process is simple, non-invasive, and painless. Your eye doctor will map out and measure your corneas with a device that doesn’t touch your eyes. With these results, your doctor can design a corrective lens.
It may take at least a couple weeks of wearing your new lenses overnight before you see optimal results. In the meantime, you might experience at least somewhat better vision in a matter of days.
In some cases, you might need to step up to optimal vision through a series of two or three intermediate ortho-K lenses. Many patients end up with at least 20-40 vision through orthokeratology. We’ll test your vision in follow-up appointments to check results.
It all starts with a vision checkup at Premier Eye Care in Fort Worth, TX. We’ll test your vision and tell you whether orthokeratology is ideal for you or your child. Let us answer your questions and explain the procedure in detail.
Simply call (817) 428-2020 to schedule an appointment.