If you have a refractive error such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, the most common treatments are glasses or contact lenses. Many people have Lasik performed, which involves using a laser to treat the refractive error. If you are tired of relying on glasses and contacts, and you don't want Lasik or are not a good candidate due to glaucoma, macular degeneration, or other eye conditions, you should consider orthokeratology at Fort Myers Eye Associates, P.A.
What Is Orthokeratology?
Orthokeratology is also known as Ortho-K. These are special lenses that are worn during the night. While you sleep, they gently reshape the curvature of your eye, correcting your refractive error. When you wake up in the morning and remove the lenses, your vision will be clear. It will remain that way throughout day, and you would put the contacts back in later that night before going to bed.
Is This a Permanent Treatment?
Ortho-K is not a permanent treatment for refractive error. If you stop wearing your contacts, your vision will eventually return to its original state.
How Long Does It Take for Orthokeratology to Be Effective?
The length of time that it takes for Ortho-K to become effective varies from person to person. For some, it takes just a night or two. If you have a high prescription, it can take up to two weeks for the treatment to start fully working.
Can I Use Orthokeratology If I Have Dry Eye?
Yes. Orthokeratology is an excellent option if you have dry eye. Many people with this condition have trouble wearing traditional contact lenses because the contacts can dry the eyes quickly. Because you wear Ortho-K while you are sleeping, your eyes are closed, and they won't dry out as quickly. If you have moderate to severe dry eye, Ortho-K could be the only type of contacts that you may be able to wear.
Can I Use Orthokeratology If I Have Astigmatism?
Yes. If your astigmatism is mild to moderate, you would be a good candidate for Ortho-K.
Is Orthokeratology Painful?
Orthokeratology is not painful; however, it can take a few nights to get used to having the contacts in your eye. This is especially true if you have never worn contacts before. After the first few nights of wearing the contacts, you won't even feel them in your eyes.
How Old Do I Need to Be Get Ortho-K Contacts?
There is no age restriction for Ortho-K. If a child is old enough to wear contacts and care for them, they can use Ortho-K. Today, many optometrists are recommending this treatment for children with myopia because it is known to slow the progression of the myopia overtime.
If you are thinking of correcting your refractive error with Orthokeratology, schedule an appointment with Fort Myers Eye Associates, P.A. Our eye doctor can fit you with a pair of lenses, so you won't need to wear glasses or contacts during the day. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (239) 437-2004.