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Orthokeratology: What Is It? Is It Right for Me?

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We Fit Ortho-k Lenses In Rye, NY

Orthokeratology, also known as ortho-k, Vision Shaping Treatment, and Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT), is a non-invasive method to correct vision with specialized contact lenses. If you have nearsightedness (myopia), orthokeratology can provide crisp and clear vision without wearing any daytime eyewear or undergoing surgery. For many people who find eyeglasses and daytime contacts to be a nuisance and LASIK is not an appropriate solution, ortho-k is a dream come true.

With ortho-k, you can finally enjoy freedom from your eyeglasses or contacts throughout the day! Our eye doctors in Rye, NY, are experienced with fitting ortho-k lenses. Contact us to book your consultation.

Basics Of Ortho-k

How does it work? You insert customized rigid gas permeable contact lenses before bedtime. As you sleep through the night, your ortho-lenses will gently flatten and mold your cornea into a new shape. The goal is to correct refractive error, thereby resolving your myopia. When you wake up in the morning, you will remove the lenses and see clearly without putting on eyeglasses or other contacts. The effects of ortho-k lenses only last a few days before your vision returns to its original state, so you must re-insert these contacts on a nightly basis.

Candidates For Ortho-k

In general, if your eyes are healthy and you have mild to moderate myopia, ortho-k can be an effective and suitable option. Age does not matter; ortho-k is considered safe for kids above five years old.

Best results are typically experienced by people with a lens power less than -6.00 diopters and astigmatism less than -1.75 diopters. Schedule an eye exam in our Rye, NY, office to determine if you are good candidate for orthokeratology.

Orthokeratology And Myopia Control

Many studies have demonstrated how ortho-k lenses can suppress elongation and growth of the eye. In effect, this will slow or stop the progression of nearsightedness in children. If your child wears glasses or contacts and constantly requires a more powerful vision prescription after every yearly eye exam, ortho-k may be a recommended solution. Ask our Rye, NY, eye doctors about ortho-k and myopia control for kids.

Benefits Of Vision Shaping

  • Most people are good candidates for ortho-k, even when LASIK isn’t an option
  • Sharp vision without eyeglasses or daytime contact lenses
  • Sports players can have crisp eyesight without bothersome eyewear
  • Comfortable for people who spend extended time in dry, dusty environments
  • Myopia control for kids – decreases the need for new prescription lenses each year
  • Safe and reversible

Safety & Side Effects Of Ortho-k

At the beginning, you may experience glare or see starbursts and halos around lights, especially when in darkness. Yet, these possible side effects are temporary. Our Rye, NY, patients generally report that they only last for a few days after starting orthokeratology. As for comfort, ortho-k lenses are worn while sleeping and most people never even sense that they are there.

Paragon CRT Contact Lenses are safe for eye health and approved by the FDA for overnight orthokeratology. In sum, vision shaping is known to be a comfortable, safe, and painless process.

Contact our eye care practice in Rye, NY, to learn more about orthokeratology and book your eye exam.