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When Ortho-k Might Be Recommended by Your Optometrist
Ortho-k utilizes gas-permeable contact lenses (ortho-k lenses) to treat conditions such as myopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism. However, ortho-k may not be right for every individual with one of these three conditions. Understanding what ortho-k treatment is and who is an ideal candidate can be helpful to determine if you should pursue treatment.
Reviewing the purpose of ortho-k
Ortho-k helps many patients who are not seeing the results they desire from soft contact lenses or alternative solutions. The following review discusses what ortho-k treatment is, when it is recommended, and who makes an ideal candidate for treatment.
What is ortho-k?
Orthokeratology (ortho-k) involves the design and fitting of gas-permeable contact lenses. Gas-permeable contact lenses, also called GP lenses or ortho-k lenses, reshape the cornea to allow for clearer vision throughout each day. They provide better oxygen supply compared to soft contact lenses and may also provide improved comfort and durability.
When is ortho-k recommended?
Ortho-k is most commonly recommended for patients with myopia (nearsightedness). Myopia affects the individual’s ability to see far away, although they can typically see fairly well close up. Specifically, ortho-k lenses can correct refractive eros, and they may also help slow the rate of progression of childhood myopia. Ortho-k lenses are used less often by optometrists to treat presbyopia (farsightedness). Some optometrists may also recommend ortho-k lenses to treat astigmatism as well.
What vision concerns can ortho-k correct?
Individuals who are diagnosed with myopia and have -6.00 diopters of nearsightedness typically make for the ideal candidate for ortho-k lenses. However, this is not a hard and fast rule, and optometrists examine whether or not a patient is an ideal candidate for ortho-k lenses on a case-by-case basis. In general, individuals with myopia, or to a lesser degree presbyopia or astigmatism, who are not seeing the results they desire from soft contact lenses should visit the optometrist to find out how ortho-k might benefit them.
Who is an ideal candidate for ortho-k treatment?
Most patients with non-severe cases of myopia make for good ortho-k treatment candidates. While some may benefit more than others, there are few to no risks involved with treatment. Keep in mind that corneal reshaping is temporary, and symptoms of myopia may return if the patient stops wearing ortho-k lenses.
What results can I expect with ortho-k?
Most patients see their vision improve after ortho-k treatment. Of course, 20/20 vision is a desirable outcome. Many patients reach this level, at least temporarily. Specifically, 67 percent of ortho-k patients reach 20/20 vision, and more than 90 percent reach 20/32 vision according to an FDA study.
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If you are having issues with your vision, then contact our optometrist today by phone or message. We can examine why you are having trouble with your vision and help you find the right solution to improve the way you see each day. So why wait? Contact our team today to schedule a convenient visit.
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