08What is Ortho-K?

Ortho-K is a revolutionary non-surgical procedure that eliminates the need for glasses or daytime contact lenses.

It improves vision by gently reshaping your eyes while you sleep using custom designed therapeutic contact lenses.  You put the specially fitted lenses in at bedtime, and when you awake, you will have clear, sharp, natural vision for your waking hours.

This safe and effective treatment can correct near-sightedness (myopia), farsightedness and astigmatism.  The added benefit for kids 8-18, is that it halts the progression of myopia.

Meaning that if we diagnose an 8 year old with myopia, traditionally we would fit him or her to glasses and each year their Rx would likely increase putting him or her into thicker and heavier lenses along with increasing the risk of eye disease down the road.  However, if we fit kids to Ortho-K, their myopia is unlikely to progress, greatly reducing their future risk of retinal detachment, cataracts and glaucoma.

Ortho-K is fully reversible, unlike surgery.  If you stop wearing your retainer lenses, your eyes will revert back to their original prescription.

How Long Does it Take?

It can take from one to four weeks to achieve excellent vision.  However, some people achieve this vision in one day.  The speed is partially determined by your prescription strength.

Is It Safe

Ortho-K is a very safe and reversible procedure.  Ortho-K for near-sightedness was approved for all ages by the FDA in 2002. It has been widely practiced in other countries for much longer.  However with any contact lens wear, there is a small risk, most typically a minor infection easily addressed by antibiotic drops.  This risk is greatly minimized by adopting a regime of very careful cleaning and disinfecting, by wearing the lenses as prescribed and by maintaining the necessary progress visits.