Orthokeratology involves wearing a special gas permeable contact lens overnight, which allows patients to have clear vision during the day. The lenses reshape the cornea or the front surface of the eye so your child can see clearly once they have been removed.
Here are frequently asked questions about orthokeratology, answered by your local eye doctor.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Ortho-K?
Those who are farsighted, nearsighted, and astigmatic can undergo orthokeratology. However, your child’s prescription should be within +2.00 to -6.00 with no more than -1.7 diopters of surface astigmatism.
Orthokeratology is a great option for patients who weren’t able to wear contacts due to discomfort, allergies, inconvenience, or dryness. It’s because ortho-K lenses are easy to wear and worn during sleep. This treatment is also ideal for those who don’t want to wear glasses or contact lenses during outdoor activities like hiking, biking, or swimming.
Why Are Children Good Candidates?
Worldwide studies found that ortho-K can stop the progression of nearsightedness in children. Children are great candidates since they have a high tendency of losing or abusing their contacts or eyeglasses. Ortho-K treatment would also help if wearing eyeglasses or contacts disrupt with their active life. To determine if this is an ideal treatment for your child, consult a local eye care center.
How Long Will the Treatment Take?
The longevity of ortho-k treatment depends on your child’s age, prescription, and treatment goals. For adults with higher prescriptions, it can take from two to four weeks. However, it could take less time in children since their corneas are easier to mold.
Is the Vision Improvement From Ortho-K Permanent?
Patients who undergo orthokeratology tend to have a clear vision until the evening. Some even wear their lenses every other night and still see clearly. Keep in mind that when your child stops wearing their ortho-K lenses while sleeping, their vision will go back to its former state.
Keep track of your child’s eye health with regular eye exams. For your family’s vision needs, you can rely on AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care. Give us a call at (757) 340-7070 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We assist patients in Virginia Beach, VA.