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Orthokeratology—What is It?

Orthokeratology, or Ortho-k for short, is a fantastic alternative to glasses or traditional contact lenses. It’s a reversible way to correct refractive error using overnight gas-permeable contact lenses to reshape the contour of the cornea while sleeping. The effect is similar to LASIK, but without surgery and is completely reversible. 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!

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Orthokeratology—What is It?

Orthokeratology, or Ortho-k for short, is a fantastic alternative to glasses or traditional contact lenses. It’s a reversible way to correct refractive error using overnight gas-permeable contact lenses to reshape the contour of the cornea while sleeping. The effect is similar to LASIK, but without surgery and is completely reversible. 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 at COVE involves a four-step process:

1) Initial exam: Dr Karres will use a special instrument (topographer) to map out your cornea’s unique surface, verify your uncorrected glasses prescription, as well as check the general health of the eyes. He will then discuss what to expect from orthokeratology and work with you to determine your goals. This typically takes about 20 minutes and there is no charge or obligation.

2) Design: Dr Karres will personally create your custom designed lenses using the information from your exam, the topographer, and the consultation. The designs are sent to a specialty contact lens lab who produce the lens in about a week.

3) Dispensing: We will teach each patient how to properly apply and remove the lenses. We have many techniques to help even the most nervous new wearers be successful in their ortho-k treatment. Most people are able to achieve a significant improvement in vision after only one night of wear, however full treatment can take several days to achieve.

4) Evaluation: Patients are normally seen in 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months. We check the status of the treatment, the health of the eyes, and troubleshoot any problems that may arise. All visits are included in the first year’s fees. If vision isn’t satisfactory we may have to re-design the lenses, if so this is also included in the fee so there are no hidden costs.

Candidates may wear disposable soft lenses or their old glasses throughout the day for the first few days while the eyes are being corrected. Upon completion of the treatment, only the prescribed overnight contacts need to be worn. Occasionally, candidates experience the side effect of mild glaring and halos around bright lights.In addition, there are always risks of infection without proper eye and lens care, so practice good hygiene and schedule routine follow-up appointments!

Why Choose Orthokeratology For An Adult?

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 alternative  to LASIK surgery, but LASIK can still be performed if the patient wishes to proceed with the surgery.. It is also a great option for people who have issues with dryness with contact lenses who do not want to wear glasses.

Why Choose Orthokeratology For A Child?

Orthokeratology has been shown by many studies to be a safe and effective way to slow down myopic (nearsighted) progression in children. People with higher myopia are at increased risk of open-angle glaucoma, retinal tears and detachments, and macular degeneration, all of which can lead to loss of vision and even blindness. Orthokeratology is a great way to help protect kid’s eyes for the rest of their lives.

How Costly is Ortho-k?

Some vision insurance companies will help with some of the cost of ortho-k, we can usually apply your contact lens benefits for this service. Additionally, costs will vary depending on your eye doctor and your unique prescription. The general, two lenses and the appointment package can range 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.

If you have questions or concerns about Ortho-k, schedule an appointment with us here at Central Ohio Vision and Eyecare. Dr. Karres or Dr. Kelbley will be able to help you determine your candidacy, costs, benefits, and risks of the process.