If you have a refractive error, such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism, you will need vision correction to see clearly. Eyeglasses and contact lenses are the most common treatment methods. You can also go with an alternative type of contacts called orthokeratology, also known as ortho-k. At Exquisite Eye Care, serving Houston, TX, our optometrist will determine if you need ortho-k.
What Are Ortho-K Lenses?
Conventional contact lenses are worn during the day and removed before you go to bed. Ortho-k lenses are the exact opposite. You put these lenses in before you go to bed. While you are sleeping, the contacts gently reshape your cornea, correcting your refractive error. When you wake up in the morning, you will be able to see clearly without needing glasses or contacts.
Ortho-k won't be effective after wearing them for one night. For most people, it can take up to three nights to reach maximum effectiveness. If you have a high prescription, it can take longer. You will need to continue wearing your glasses until you achieve the maximum results from ortho-k.
Benefits of Ortho-K
Anyone with a refractive error who relies on glasses or conventional contacts to see clearly can benefit from ortho-k. This method is mostly used for those with nearsightedness. These lenses are also a great alternative to LASIK. If you are a poor candidate for traditional contacts due to your eye health or your overall physical health, orthokeratology treatment is an excellent alternative.
Children with nearsightedness can also benefit greatly from the use of ortho-k. Studies have shown that these lenses can slow and even stop the progression of myopia in children over 8 years old. Starting your child with these lenses early can preserve his or her vision for the future.
Ortho-k is also an excellent option if you have dry eye syndrome. This condition occurs when your eyes don't produce enough tears, which makes wearing conventional contacts uncomfortable. Since ortho-k lenses are worn while you are sleeping, your eyes won't dry out as quickly, making them a great option if you have this condition.
Our eye doctor will also suggest orthokeratology treatment if you have keratoconus. This condition occurs when your eye becomes cone-shaped. By wearing ortho-k lenses at night, your eyes will gently return to the proper shape.
How Ortho-K Works
When you have achieved maximum results from these lenses, you will be able to see clearly all day without needing your glasses. It is essential that you wear them every night. If you go two or three nights without wearing your lenses, your corneas will return to their original shape, and you won't be able to see clearly. You will need to wear your glasses and start the process over. If you don't want to go back to wearing glasses, you should make it a point to put the contacts in every night before bed. Staying on top of your orthokeratology treatment will ensure that your vision is at its best. This treatment is not permanent, so you need to be consistent with your lenses.
Visit Our Optometrist for Orthokeratology Treatment
If you have an eye health condition or refractive error, we can help. At Exquisite Eye Care, serving Houston, TX, our eye doctor provides ortho-k treatment and a variety of other eye care services. Call us today to schedule an appointment.