What is Orthokeratology?
Near-sighted people would love to see clearly objects at any distance without having to wear eyeglasses.
And many have been looking at LASIK as the solution for this 20/20 vision goal, but did you know that
Orthokeratology is another solution for this too?
Orthokeratology is Corneal Refractive Therapy. Its sole purpose is to lessen the negative effects of near-
sightedness. Its procedure is wearing rigid-gas permeable contact lenses while sleeping. These lenses
reshape the cornea over time. Many have achieved a 20/20 vision while others end up with 20/40 vision
with this therapy.
Orthokeratology is used to correct near-sightedness but it can also treat mild cases of presbyopia,
hyperopia, and astigmatism. Presbyopia is the gradual loss of the eye’s ability to focus on nearby objects.
It is a natural part of aging and becomes noticeable during the mid-40s and worsens around age 65.
Hyperopia is being far-sighted which occurs when distant objects are seen clearly but nearby objects are
blurry. Astigmatism occurs when there is an irregular curve of the eye due to the cornea or lens having
a mismatched curve which then leads to near vision and blurred distance
How long does Orthokeratology provide results? If there is a strong prescription, it could take about two to
three weeks to achieve optimal results but it varies depending on the severity of cases.
Since Orthokeratology requires wearing the contacts each night, its result can last all day. Sometimes it
can even last up until two days! And because of this, one does not need to wear contact lenses or
glasses all day long.
Is Orthokeratology Safe? Yes, it is safe and has no known long-term risks. It is so safe that even children
can undergo this therapy. In order for this therapy to be safe, we must also practice safety habits such as
maintaining good hand and contact lens hygiene.
If you’re considering Orthokeratology, contact us at Accent Eye Care and we’ll be happy to assist you
with your therapy!