If you are tired of relying on glasses or contacts to see clearly, you have other options. LASIK surgery can correct your refractive error, but not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure. If you are a poor candidate for LASIK, orthokeratology, also known as ortho-k, is an excellent option, and our doctors at Optique, Inc. in Dallas can fit you with them.
What Is Orthokeratology?
Orthokeratology is a special contact lens that gently reshapes your cornea at night while you sleep. When you wake up in the morning and remove the lenses, you will be able to see clearly.
What Types Of Refractive Errors Can Ortho-k Treat?
Ortho-k can treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism to a certain degree. Some patients with presbyopia have found success with orthokeratology, but it isn't typical. These lenses have proven to be especially beneficial in slowing the progression of childhood myopia.
What Are the Prescription Parameters For Orthokeratology?
To be a good candidate, your prescription would need to fit within the acceptable parameters. If you have astigmatism, your prescription cannot be more than -1.75 diopters. If you have myopia or hyperopia, then your prescription have to be within +2.00 and -6.00.
How Long Before I Achieve Full Affect?
The length of time that it takes to reach the full effect varies from person to person. If you have a minor prescription, it can take one or two nights of wearing the contacts before you can see progress. For higher prescriptions, it can take longer, usually two to four weeks.
How Long Do the Effects Of Orthokeratology Last?
If you wear your contacts to bed every night, you will be able to see clearly all day long. If you don't wear your contacts for two or three nights in a row, your vision will return to the state it was before.
Can I Use Ortho-K if I Have Dry Eye?
Dry eye can make wearing conventional lenses difficult because they dry your eyes out even more. Ortho-k is actually a great alternative to traditional lenses because you are sleeping when you are wearing the lenses and your eyes are closed. Therefore, your eyes won't dry out as quickly.
Are These Lenses Comfortable?
Most people find these lenses to be very comfortable when they first put them in. For others, it takes a day or two to get used to the lenses, but overall, they are very comfortable.
If you are not a good candidate for LASIK, or if you just don't want to wear eyeglasses or traditional lenses, you should consider orthokeratology. Our optometrists at Opitque, Inc. in Dallas can fit your with a pair of ortho- k contacts so that you will no longer need to rely on glasses or conventional contacts. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (214) 252-1800.