Orthokeratology—What is It?
Orthokeratology is a form of reversible, refractive correction involving the overnight use of gas-permeable contact lenses to reshape the contour of the cornea while you sleep. These oxygen-intense, “breathable” lenses work to temporarily reverse the effects of Myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism during the night so the wearer can experience clear vision the following day—without the use of glasses or contacts!
The Orthokeratology Process
Orthokeratology involves a three-step process: 1) the initial exam and consultation, where your optometrist will use a Topograph to determine the refraction error of the cornea, 2) the design, where your doctor will create your custom designed lenses 3) dispensing, where we will teach you or your child how to properly apply and remove your lenses, and 4) evaluation, where patients are normally seen at 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months.
Candidates may wear disposable soft lenses or glasses throughout the day during the correction phase. On completion of the treatment, only the prescribed overnight contacts need to be worn. Occasionally, candidates experience mild glaring and haloes around bright light. Remember, there is always the risk of infection without proper eye and lens care, so practice good hygiene and schedule routine follow-up eye appointments!
Why Choose Orthokeratology?
For those with myopia, astigmatism, or hyperopia, ortho-k can be a great option, especially for sports-related activities or when working in environments containing debris or dust. Ortho-k can also be an effective pre-LASIK treatment that can temporarily stall the need for corrective eye surgery. In addition, the fast, painless and safe process makes Ortho-k a practical solution for children who have Myopia.
How Costly is Ortho-k?
Unfortunately, most insurances do not cover the total cost of Ortho-k. Additionally, costs will vary depending on your eye doctor and your unique prescription. The general, two-set lens and appointment package can range anywhere from $1300 to $2400.
Am I a Candidate for Ortho-k?
Almost certainly! Children who have increasing myopia are fantastic candidates for orthokeratology as it can sometimes help slow down the progression. Adults with myopia, astigmatism, hyperopia, or presbyopia may all be candidates as well. Ortho-k is also a wonderful alternative for those who are interested in seeing well without glasses or contacts but aren’t interested in LASIK or other eye surgeries.
Ask Your Doctor
If you have questions or concerns about Ortho-k, schedule an appointment with us here at Central Ohio Vision and Eyecare. Dr. Karres will be able to help you determine your candidacy, costs, benefits, and risks of the process.