Orthokeratology—What is It?

Orthokeratology (Ortho-k) offers a fantastic alternative to glasses and traditional contact lenses. By wearing special gas-permeable lenses overnight, you reshape the contour of your cornea while you sleep. This non-surgical and reversible process temporarily corrects refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

Enjoy the benefits similar to LASIK without undergoing surgery. These highly breathable lenses ensure your eyes get the oxygen they need. Wake up to clear vision every day without the need for glasses or contacts. Ortho-k gives you the freedom to experience life without daytime eyewear.

Ortho-k is a growing part of optometry, suitable for both kids and adults. At COVE, we have been performing this procedure for years, helping patients of all ages achieve clear, comfortable vision.

Orthokeratology—What is It?

Orthokeratology (Ortho-k) offers a fantastic alternative to glasses and traditional contact lenses. By wearing special gas-permeable lenses overnight, you reshape the contour of your cornea while you sleep. This non-surgical and reversible process temporarily corrects refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

Enjoy the benefits similar to LASIK without undergoing surgery. These highly breathable lenses ensure your eyes get the oxygen they need. Wake up to clear vision every day without the need for glasses or contacts. Ortho-k gives you the freedom to experience life without daytime eyewear.

Ortho-k is a growing part of optometry, suitable for both kids and adults. At COVE, we have been performing this procedure for years, helping patients of all ages achieve clear, comfortable vision.

Welcome to COVE Orthokeratology – Reshaping Vision Overnight

 

Dr. Matthew KarresExperience the future of vision correction with our expert team at Central Ohio Vision and Eyecare (COVE). Benefit from the dedicated expertise of Dr. Karres, Dr. Keller, and Dr. Kayli Dennis. Come see us, you’ll see better!

 

Discover Orthokeratology at COVE: A Transformational Four-Step Process

Initial Examination

Our skilled optometrists begin by using specialized topography to map your cornea’s unique surface. We’ll also determine your uncorrected glasses prescription and assess your overall eye health. During this consultation, we explain what to expect from orthokeratology and work with you to set your vision goals. This comprehensive evaluation typically takes about 30 minutes and is complimentary, with no obligation.

Custom Design

Using the insights from your examination and consultation, our doctors meticulously design personalized lenses. We send these design specifics to a specialized lens laboratory, where your lenses are expertly crafted within about a week.

Dispensing and Training

Our team provides in-depth training on the proper application and removal of your lenses. We offer various techniques to help even the most apprehensive wearers succeed with their Ortho-k treatment. Many individuals notice significant vision improvement after just one night of wear.

Ongoing Evaluation

You’ll have follow-up visits at 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months. During these sessions, we assess your treatment progress, check your eye health, and address any potential issues. If needed, we’ll make adjustments to your lens design. All visits and lenses are included in the first year’s fees.

During the initial phase of treatment, you may continue to wear disposable soft lenses or your existing glasses during the day as your eyes adjust. After completing the initial phase, you’ll only need to wear the prescribed overnight lenses. Some candidates may experience mild side effects such as glare or halos around bright lights. Proper eye and lens care are crucial to avoid the risk of infection, emphasizing the importance of good hygiene and routine follow-up appointments.

Why Choose Ortho-k for Adults and Children?

For adults with myopia, astigmatism, hyperopia, or presbyopia, orthokeratology offers an excellent alternative to glasses or traditional contact lenses. It’s particularly beneficial for those with active lifestyles or who are averse to surgical procedures. Ortho-k provides the freedom to enjoy clear vision without the need for daytime eyewear.

For children, orthokeratology offers an added benefit: myopia control. Numerous studies have shown that ortho-k is a safe and effective method to slow the progression of myopia in kids. This can be crucial in reducing the risk of severe eye conditions in the future. Additionally, children using ortho-k have a lower risk of infections and other lens-related complications compared to wearing contact lenses during the day.

Ortho-k is also a key part of our myopia control portfolio. Click here to learn more about this new and exciting area of optometry to help preserve your child’s vision.

Cost of Ortho-k

Certain vision insurance companies may help cover the cost of Ortho-k. We are more than happy to review your benefits before scheduling an appointment to see what coverage is available. The total cost can vary depending on your unique prescription. Typically, the complete package, including two lenses and all necessary appointments, ranges from $750 to $2000.

Am I a candidate for Ortho-k?

If you’re a child with progressing myopia or an adult dealing with myopia, astigmatism, hyperopia, or presbyopia, orthokeratology could be the perfect solution for you. It offers clear vision without the need for glasses or contacts and is an excellent option for those who prefer to avoid surgical interventions like LASIK.

If you have any questions or concerns about Ortho-k, we encourage you to reach out and schedule an appointment with us at Central Ohio Vision and Eyecare. Our dedicated team, led by Dr. Karres, Dr. Keller, and Dr. Dennis, will assess your candidacy, discuss costs, and explain the benefits and risks of the process. You can call us or schedule an appointment online anytime. We look forward to helping you achieve clear, comfortable vision.