What is Orthokeratology?

Orthokeratology is an FDA approved corneal reshaping procedure.  The cornea (the clear front surface of your eye) can be easily and painlessly molded.  The molding is done with a highly customized, hard contact lens that is worn overnight.  Once the cornea has taken on the desired shape, a nearsighted person can see clearly during the day without glasses or contacts. 

 

That's right- the lens is worn overnight only!  It is removed during the day. 

 

That means clear vision without glasses, daytime contacts, or surgery.

The beautiful thing about orthokeratology is that studies show it slows down the progression of myopia (nearsightedness), meaning the eyes won't continue to get worse so quickly.  High levels of nearsightedness put a person at risk for other eye diseases down the road, so it's important that we slow it down as much as possible

 

How does it work?

Step 1: 

Corneal mapping

An exact map of your cornea is measured in the office using a corneal topographer.  We use this map to determine if you are a candidate and to order your ortho-k lenses.

Step 2: 

Lens instruction and care

Learn to insert, remove, and care for ortho-k lenses.  We make sure you get comfortable with handling ortho-k lenses. 

Step 3: 

Lenses are worn overnight

Ortho-K lenses are taken home and worn for 8 hours overnight.  During this time they gently re-shape the cornea.  

Step 4: 

Lenses are removed in the morning

Give your eyes freedom during the day.  Many times, after just one night of wear, patients notice clearer vision!

Step 5: 

First morning appointment

We check the eyes right away after the first night of wear. .

Step 6: 

Repeat! 

Vision gradually improves each day as the cornea's shape gets molded at night.  Lenses are continually worn overnight to maintain the cornea's new shape.  

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