Although it has been around for almost 20 years now, orthokeratology is still considered a relatively new method for correcting vision problems resulting from refractive errors, and many people still don’t know much about it. From its name alone, Ortho-k can come off to many as a complicated or scary-sounding medical process or technology. Naturally, Ortho-k stirs people’s curiosity, which is why there are still a lot of questions about it. In this post, we will give the answers to the most frequently asked questions about orthokeratology.
Is orthokeratology safe?
Orthokeratology has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2002. Ortho-K itself is a very safe procedure. However, as it involves wearing special contact lenses, the risks associated with wearing traditional or other types of contact lenses are also present. This includes eye infection that may result from mishandling or improper maintenance of the contact lenses as well as debris that may get in the eye. In case of infection, your eye doctor can prescribe antibiotic drops. To minimize this risk, the patient must follow the doctor’s instructions for handling and caring for the ortho-k lenses.
How long does Ortho-k’s effect last?
After wearing ortho-k lenses for one night, a patient can see considerably well without eyeglasses or contact lenses for the rest of the day, sometimes until the next day. But for best results, it is recommended that you wear your ortho-k lenses every night.
How long does it take to correct vision problems with ortho-k?
Experiencing the maximum effect of Ortho-K and how long it will take will depend on many factors, particularly the degree or severity of the refractive error. Some patients experience it after just a day or two of wearing their lenses overnight, but for some, it can take weeks before maximum correction takes place.
What vision problems can ortho-k correct?
Ortho-k is most advisable for myopia upwards of -6.00 D (diopters). It can also be utilized to correct mild cases of astigmatism, hyperopia and presbyopia.
Ultimately, only your eye doctor can determine if you are a good candidate for ortho-k.
Am I a good Ortho-K candidate?
Ortho-k can be beneficial for people with mild to moderate myopia, as well as other lesser-degree refractive errors. Children, young adults and adults who do not like to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses during the day can benefit from ortho-k. Individuals who play sports or work in dusty environments may also find Ortho-K very useful.
Ortho-K will work best if you find the right ortho-k doctor and provider. Tune in for the next post to get some tips on how to find the best one.