Orthokeratology, or OrthoK, is a non-surgical treatment that uses specialised contact lenses worn at night to reshape the front surface of the eye (the cornea). Changing the shape of the cornea provides clear vision without the need to wear glasses or contact lenses during the day. OrthoK can correct short sightedness, long sightedness and astigmatism, and is ideal for individuals who are not suitable for refractive surgery or daily contact lenses, and do not want to use glasses every day. It is also a popular treatment for preventing progression of myopia (short-sightedness) in children.
OrthoK is a ‘treatment’ for refractive error, not a ‘cure’. To be effective, hard contact lenses must be worn while sleeping to maintain the effects of clear vision. If OrthoK treatment is ceased, then refractive error and visual acuity measurements will return to what they were before the treatment was commenced.
To begin OrthoK, ‘maps’ of the cornea are taken in order to custom make lens that will fit your cornea perfectly. This process is painless and is similar to a photograph being taken. This process is painless and is similar to a photograph being taken. The Ortho-K lens fitting process usually requires a few appointments with your optometrist to ensure the lenses fit correctly, and the resulting vision is as clear as possible. The optometrist will teach you how to safely insert, remove and care for your new OrthoK lenses.
Ortho-K lenses need to be replaced every 12 months and can be claimed on private health insurance optical extras. For further information, or to begin your Ortho-K journey, book in for a comprehensive eye assessment with our experienced optometrists today! Equipped with the latest technology in eye care, the optometrists at Eyes On will be able to advise you of your suitability for Ortho-K.21 September 2021