Can you imagine the joy of waking up in the morning and being able to see without the aid of glasses or daily wear contacts? Imagine participating in your favorite pastime free to play to your full potential without the having to worry about sliding glasses or suddenly uncomfortable contacts. Once you become an Orthokeratology patient, no longer will issues like dry eye or contact lens intolerance limit your success.
Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) is the NON-SURGICAL, NON-INVASIVE, FULLY REVERSIBLE alternative to refractive eye surgery!
Ortho-K lenses are like retainers for your eyes! You wear the contacts to bed. While you sleep, they reshape the part of your eye that helps you focus. The result is: no more glasses!
In the most basic of terms, Accelerated Overnight Orthokeratology or, “Ortho-K” is the science of changing the curvature or shape of the cornea to change how light is focused on the retina at the back of one’s eye. Think of the cornea as the eye’s equivalent of a watch crystal. It is a clear, dome shaped structure that overlies the colored iris. Because the cornea separates the eye from air and the rest of the outside world and because it has a curvature that bends light towards the back of the eye, it is responsible for most of the eye’s corrective power and contributes to various conditions such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and the blur of astigmatism.
How Does Orthokeratology Work?
When a person cannot see clearly, it is because their eye is too long, too short or the surface is misshaped. Images fail to reach or focus on the retina. This produces blurred or distorted vision. In order to create a therapeutic lens, the surface of your eyes is mapped using a high tech instrument called topographer. This allows your doctor to create a custom lens specifically designed for YOUR eye and its unique visual problems. This Ortho-K lens is manufactured using high-speed computer assisted lathes and made from an advanced highly oxygen permeable material which allows your eye to breathe overnight and maintain excellent health. This corneal reshaping lens has several specialized curves that reshape your cornea (the front surface of your eye). The tear film beneath this therapeutic lens continuously flows across the corneal surface, resculpting the shape. This improved shape focuses images directly on the retina. The result is crisp, clear vision upon waking and removing your lenses.