Here at Advanced Eyecare we are proud to offer Ortho-K for our patients.
Many people seek vision correction solutions outside of glasses and traditional contact lenses and they prefer to avoid surgery if possible. Whether you struggle with dry eye, have contact lens intolerance, or simply wish to get rid of your glasses and wish to improve your vision as dramatically as surgery would, you may be interested in orthokeratology, commonly known as “Ortho-K”.
What is Ortho-K?
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.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Ortho-K?
Most people with mild to moderate myopia (with or without mild astigmatism) are good candidates for Ortho-K.
Because the corneal reshaping effect is temporary, little risk is involved, and you can discontinue wearing the lenses at any time — provided you are willing to start wearing glasses or contacts again when your myopia returns!
Children and young adults who want to be glasses-free but are too young for LASIK or are not good candidates for refractive surgery for other reasons (dry eyes, for example) often are good candidates for Ortho-K. People who participate in contact sports or work in dusty environments that can pose problems for contact lens wear also can be good candidates.
How much does Ortho-K cost?
Ortho-K is an investment. Like any good investment, costs diminish and returns increase with time. That being said, the initial, interest-free, monthly cost is only $96-$104.
We encourage you to listen to Dr. Ben Larson’s Teleconference on the topic of Ortho-K which can be found here. If you have more questions about Ortho-K or if you would like to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to contact us today.