Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care provides a wide range of advanced eye care and optical services. One of the most exciting is Orthokeratology, or OrthoK. This is a non-surgical alternative to vision correction that enables patients to reduce their dependence on glasses and contact lenses. It is safe for children of all ages and is FDA-approved. It is great for patients who want to be glasses or contacts-free yet are too young for LASIK, or are not good candidates for refractive surgery.
What is OrthoK?
OrthoK, or gentle vision shaping, utilizes special contact lenses that you wear overnight. Each special lens gently reshapes your cornea so you can see clearly the next day. You remove the lenses when you wake up and enjoy clear vision until bedtime. Simply insert the contact lenses again before you sleep to repeat the process. An optometrist in Potomac, MD can help you get started with OrthoK therapy today.
How Does It Work?
We will provide you with custom-designed molds that change the curvature of your cornea and temporarily correct your vision. The central portion of the mold fits closer to the eye compared with a standard contact lens, and exerts gentle pressure. Since the outer portion of the mold is further away from the cornea, it provides room for the cornea to change shape. The reshaped cornea then refocuses light onto the retina, leading to clearer vision.
What are the Benefits?
Just like laser eye surgery in Rockville, MD OrthoK will correct your vision, so you will no longer need to wear glasses or contacts. OrthoK is reversible and non-invasive. It is perfect for young children or patients who are not eligible for surgery. It is also ideal for athletes who prefer to avoid glasses or contact lenses. It can also reduce the rate of myopia progression among nearsighted children. Finally, because they are smaller than standard contact lenses, Ortho-K lenses are more comfortable and easier to insert and remove.
To learn more about OrthoK, feel free to give us a call. Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care is an award-winning practice that has cared for patients since 1964.