Orthokeratology is just a fancy word for corneal refractive therapy, which is something you do while you’re sleeping. This progressive approach helps to correct your eyesight and reduce your dependence on glasses and contacts without having to undergo eye surgery. We know it sounds a little farfetched, but the reality is that orthokeratology is a very viable option for many people who have vision related issues.
Here at our Arizona office, that’s exactly what we do. Let’s take a look at what it is and who it can help.
Orthokeratology is the fitting of specially designed gas-permeable contact lenses that you wear overnight. While you’re sleeping, the lenses help to reshape the front surface of your eye to help you clearly see the following day.
These special lenses are prescribed by our Arizona team for two reasons:
– To help correct refractive errors (nearsightedness, astigmatism, and hyperopia)
– To slow childhood myopia
Orthokeratology lenses are also called “corneal reshaping contact lenses,” or sometimes you might hear our Arizona team refer to them as “overnight contact lenses to control or correct myopia.”
After wearing your orthokeratology lenses overnight, you’re able to see well without glasses or contacts for at least a day, and sometimes linger. For best long-term results, you should wear your corrective lenses every night.
Most people with mild to moderate myopia with or without astigmatisms are good candidates for orthokeratology. The effect is temporary so there’s little risks involved, unlike surgery which might require additional procedures. Orthokeratology is also great for people who aren’t good candidates for eye surgery. The best part is that if you’re not happy with wearing lenses overnight, all you have to do is stop wearing them thats it.
If you’re interested in learning how orthokeratology can help you, call our team at Accent Eyes today!