Orthokeratology is a non-surgical vision correction option that eliminates the need for using eyeglasses and contact lenses. It is especially effective at improving the eyesight of children and young adolescents. Apart from the better vision, another benefit ortho-k offers is avoiding the difficult decision-making process of picking out eyeglass frames or lens colors.
Of course, you may have some questions in mind about ortho-k. We’ve gathered some of the most commonly asked ones for your convenience.
Question #1: Is There an Age Requirement for Using Ortho-K Lenses?
No. Orthokeratology is for everyone. In fact, kids as young as six years old have used and successfully experienced improved vision with ortho-k. It is also among the most common vision improvement method among pre-teens and teenagers. That said, older individuals have been safely treated with this option too. This just goes to show that ortho-k is for anyone at any age.
Question #2: Why Are Children Considered Good Ortho-K Candidates?
Ortho-k works to reshape your cornea, the clear, dome-shaped part of the eyes. Since kids’ and young adolescents’ eyes are likely to be still changing, they are more receptive to the effects of ortho-k molds. In fact, studies show that orthokeratology can prevent progressive myopia (also called nearsightedness) in children from getting worse. Moreover, the ortho-k process fits their lifestyle since they won’t need to worry about caring for their contact lenses or breaking their glasses while they engage in their activities.
Question #3: How Are Ortho-K Lenses Different From Soft Disposable Ones?
You may be wondering if ortho-k also uses lenses, how is it different from using regular contact lenses. Well, ortho-k lenses (sometimes referred to as molds) are made from a special, highly breathable materials that are quite different from the usual make of regular contact lenses. While they may appear similar, the design of the ortho-k’s back surface allows the reshaping of the corneal tissue. This specific engineering is absent in the typical soft contact lenses.
Question #4: What Happens If Ortho-K Lenses Are Not Worn for A Night?
Young users tend to forget where they placed their eyeglass frames or when to replace their contact lenses. This means they may also miss using ortho-k lenses for one night. So, what happens then? Ortho-k offers temporary effects. This means that the cornea can slowly change back to its pre-orthokeratology shape after some time, usually a day. If your teens forget to wear ortho-k for a night, they can expect blurry vision the next day. For optimum results, we may recommend using them every night.
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