While orthokeratology has been around since the ‘60s, it was only after numerous studies and extensive scrutiny that the FDA approved Ortho-k lenses in 2002. Not many people knew about CRT or corneal refractive therapy (another term for Ortho-k) in its early days but experts predict that, as myopia statistics rise, the relevance of this non-surgical alternative to traditional eyeglasses and contact lenses will become more popular.
As with anything that’s slowly gaining a following, Ortho-k is also riddled with many misconceptions. Ortho-k is completely safe but it’s understandable why people might feel apprehensive about it. Let our optometry specialists at Eye and Vision Care allay your worries about Ortho-k and show you what you can expect from this effective vision correction therapy.
How Ortho-K Works
In many myopia cases, the smallest adjustment to the curvature of the cornea (often in micrometer ranges) can have major improvements to vision quality. Ortho-k lenses are meant to gradually reshape your corneas through the use of soft but rigid semi-permeable contacts that are worn overnight. The adjustments are painless and safe however, the lenses must be used continuously to maintain its effects as your corneas will slowly revert back to its original shape.
Orthokeratology Is Safe
The biggest concern most people have about Ortho-k lenses is that it goes against what many people believe to be good contact lens practices. For example, your optometrist will recommend that you wear the lenses during the night time, particularly when you go to sleep. The advantage to this is that you’re supposed to take them out in the morning which means you wear the lenses for a shorter period of time than other contact lenses.
Will the Effects of Ortho-K Lenses Last?
After your eye exam, your optometrist will then custom-fit your Ortho-k lenses to meet your measurements. While Ortho-k offers clear daytime vision without the use of glasses or contacts, its effects are not permanent. With continued use, however, Ortho-k can give you improved eyesight that can last up to 72 hours.
Learn more about the wonders of orthokeratology and get started on your own Ortho-k journey at Eye and Vision Care, your leading eye care provider. Give us a call at (703) 961-9119 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment today. We serve the areas in and around Fairfax, VA.