Most people with refractive errors wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct their vision. While these types of corrective eyewear are effective, Innovative Eyecare offers an equally effective alternative that’s quickly gaining popularity: orthokeratology.
To help you understand how it works, your trusted eye care associates answer frequently asked questions about this treatment option.
Q: What Is Ortho-K and How Does It Work?
Orthokeratology, or ortho-k, is a non-surgical corneal reshaping treatment. While you sleep, you wear special ortho-k lenses that gently reshape your cornea, reducing structural irregularities for a smooth and even corneal surface. You may remove the lenses in the morning and experience clear eyesight throughout the day.
Q: What Vision Problems Can It Correct?
Your eye doctor shares that ortho-k was initially engineered to manage myopia (nearsightedness). However, it also has a high success rate in correcting other refractive errors, including hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.
Q: Who Is Eligible for This Treatment?
Orthokeratology is a safe and reliable vision correction method that’s safe for anyone at any age, as long as they are generally in good health. We primarily recommend it for people with mild to moderate degrees of nearsightedness. It also makes a great alternative to LASIK. It’s a beneficial option for athletes, as well as those whose job or lifestyle includes constant contact with water or dust.
Q: What Are the Advantages?
With ortho-k, you’ll be able to enjoy improved visual acuity after using the special corneal molds overnight. This treatment gives you a feeling of natural vision since you don’t have to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses during the day. Apart from reducing your dependence on eyewear, your optometrist explains this can also lower your risk of developing lens-related complications. Orthokeratology effects are only temporary, which means you can still choose to undergo refractive surgery in the future.
For more information about orthokeratology and other vision correction options we offer, get in touch with us at (256) 270-0899. You may also fill out our form to request an appointment. We proudly serve Athens, Madison and nearby AL areas.