Many people are suffering from eye or vision problems. You can add to that the discomfort of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses. For those with vision problems, but do not want to wear prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, orthokeratology or Ortho-K can be the right solution. What is this Ortho-k? This method is a non-surgical eye procedure; its effects and solution for vision problems are temporary and ideal for addressing vision problems such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, presbyopia and astigmatism as well as loss of near vision. It works to temporarily reshape the cornea in order to minimize the refractive errors causing the mentioned vision problems above. If you have myopia of -6.00 diopters, then you are one of the best candidates to try this method.
How does orthokeratology works? The Ortho-K makes use of the specially constructed contact lenses. The contact lens is recommended to be worn for minimum of six hours during the sleeping time and then, they should be removed upon the patient wakes up. The contact lenses work to gently reshape the clear surface of the eye called cornea that will allow the patient to attain clear vision for minimum of 24 hours. The lenses used in Ortho-K are made and designed with materials that are highly oxygen-permeable. This construction greatly reduces the less risk of dryness of the eye, allergies and eye infections.
There are great benefits of trying the orthokeratology procedure. First, the Ortho-K lenses can be worn by wide range of people – children, teens, up to adults. Patients with the aforementioned eye or vision problems above are the highly candidates to try this procedure. For those with chronic eye infection or disease found in the cornea, this procedure is not for them. With this procedure, you do not have to wear prescription eyeglasses or contact lens and that is freedom for the whole day. The Ortho-K procedure has been around for decades and it has quite high success rate. Therefore, this procedure can be deemed efficient and effective for wide array of cases. For children suffering from nearsightedness, trying the Ortho-K procedure can slow down the progression of this vision problem. Wearing a contact lens is necessary in this procedure, but you will only wear it while sleeping (at night, for at least six hours). Since patients will not wear any prescription spectacles or contact lenses, it gives freedom to engage in various activities like sports or work needing good eyesight. Finally, this Ortho-K procedure is an inexpensive alternative for LASIK surgery.