How Revolutionary Orthokeratology Works and How to Know If You’re a Good Candidate

In Focus Vision Center & Eyecare

Like many people, you may think that the only way to fix your eyesight so you don’t have wear glasses or contact lenses anymore is with laser eye surgery. But you’re wrong.

At In Focus Vision Center & Eyecare, under the leadership of expert optometrist Ray Corbin-Simon, OD, we may be able to correct your vision with orthokeratology, also referred to as ortho-k. This revolutionary and gentle treatment uses special contact lenses to reshape your eye and improve your vision so you can say goodbye to your corrective eyewear.

Contact lenses, really?

Yes. Orthokeratology is an innovative eye therapy that helps reshape your eyes using contact lenses that you wear overnight. Not just any contact lenses, but specially designed gas-permeable hard contact lenses made just for you.

You wear the contact lenses while you sleep, and they reshape the surface of your eye to improve your vision. It’s similar to the braces or aligners you wear on your teeth to improve your smile, but orthokeratology offers much faster results — about two weeks.

Is orthokeratology for me?

While orthokeratology provides amazing results, it’s not suited for all eye conditions. We can determine if you would benefit from orthokeratology therapy when you come in for an eye exam. In general, these special contact lenses work best for those with:

You may also be considered a good candidate for orthokeratology if eye surgery simply isn’t an option for you. In addition, we sometimes offer orthokeratology therapy as a treatment for people who can’t wear contact lenses due to chronic dry eye or severe allergies.

Orthokeratology therapy

Ortho-k is a highly specialized treatment not offered by all optometrists. We underwent special training so we could provide this revolutionary vision correction treatment to you.

To create your special contact lenses, we carefully measure and map your eye using a painless tool that shows us the exact shape and curve of your cornea. We then develop the personalized contact lenses you use for your nightly orthokeratology therapy.

The contact lenses are hard, but gas-permeable, which means they’re breathable — your eyes won’t dry out; they stay healthy while they undergo their reshaping. The hard contact lens used for your orthokeratology therapy works by flattening out your cornea, changing the way light enters your eye, to improve your vision.

It doesn’t take long for orthokeratology to improve the shape of your eyes so you can stop wearing your daily-wear contact lenses or eyeglasses. For most people, it takes two weeks of nightly use to achieve the desired results. Clinical studies report that most people achieve 20/40 or better visual acuity.

However, to keep your improved eyesight, you need to continue to wear your contact lenses at night. Like your post-braces retainer, if you don’t continuously wear your reshaping contact lenses, your cornea will revert to its more curved shape. You also need to be diligent in caring for your lenses, keeping them clean to prevent infection.

When it comes to correcting vision, you have many options. To learn more about your nonsurgical option with orthokeratology and whether you’re a good candidate, call In Focus Vision Center & Eyecare today.

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