Orthokeratology is a new concept that many people have never heard of. Orthokeratology is a technique that has been around for many years, but not many people are aware of its benefits.
Orthokeratology, or Ortho K, as it is more commonly known, is a highly successful and clever technique that reshapes the cornea. This is the clear, transparent dome covering your front eye. The cornea is responsible for reflecting light into the eye by angling it so that the light focuses on the retina, a group of light-sensitive cells at the back. If the cornea isn't perfectly round, it makes light difficult to refract correctly. This can lead to vision problems like myopia (clear near vision with blurred distance vision), hyperopia [blurred near vision with clear distance vision], and astigmatism ("blurred vision at all distances").
It is rare to find a perfectly round cornea. Myopia is the most common refractive error in the world. It usually develops in childhood. This can make it difficult for your child to learn and reach their academic potential. Refractive eye problems are often progressive and get worse the more they are ignored. Myopia-prone patients are more likely to have severe vision problems and complications like glaucoma or retinal detachment. Refractive eye errors are best treated as soon as possible. Ortho K makes it possible.
How do Ortho K Lenses work?
Ortho K lenses, which are gas-permeable, special contact lenses, can be worn over the night. The gentle pressure they apply to the cornea over time gradually changes the shape of the cornea, making it easier for you to see clearly. Your cornea will retain its new shape even if you take off the lenses the next morning. You can continue with your daily activities without the need to wear glasses or contact lenses. Ortho K lenses can be worn more often, increasing your ability to see clearly. Many patients can see well all day. If you stop wearing your Ortho K lenses, your vision will recover within days of stopping treatment.
Ortho K has been proven effective in slowing myopia development in patients who use it, especially in children. Surprisingly, children can use Ortho K as young as 7 and 8. This allows parents to begin a treatment that will make a difference in their children's long-term vision, as well as their eye health, as early as possible.
Ortho K Lenses: Key Benefits
Ortho K, especially in children, can slow down the progression of myopia.
It's suitable for all ages and people.
It can also be used for hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.
It can also be used to help patients with presbyopia, an age-related refractive disorder that affects nearsightedness
Gas-permeable lenses ensure that plenty of oxygen can reach the eye's surface, which keeps them comfortable.
Ortho K lenses are a quick way for patients to start seeing results.
If you want to stop the treatment, the effects can be reversed
Visit Blue River Vision in Silverthorne to learn more about Ortho K lenses. To schedule an appointment, call 970-451-0015.