Orthokeratology, also known as Ortho K, corneal reshaping/molding or overnight vision correction, is a non invasive medical procedure undertaken to modify the shape of the cornea using Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) corneal contact lenses. Orthokeratology may be used with patients with Myopia for both low and high dioptre prescriptions. It is also useful in cases to reduce the extent astigmatism.
The orthokeratology lenses can be worn at night and removed in the morning depending on your optometrists instructions. Ortho K lenses are a viable option mainly if you don’t like the idea of wearing in glasses during the day or the reduce high prescriptions so that glasses to not have as thick a lens. Some of the notable advantages of the orthokeratology lenses include:
- Glasses Free Clear vision: Orthokeratology procedure may be useful to people involved in or looking to get into specific professions that wearing glasses would be a disadvantage or are not allow to wear glasses at all. These may include specific outdoor sports, e.g., football, and occupations like firefighting, etc. They are also useful if you are working in a dusty environments and your glasses lenses are likely to be clogged with dust or need protective eyewear that cannot be made in your prescription and where contact lenses are not an ideal alternative.
- Safer, and less expensive as compared to Laser Surgery: When looking to correct your vision quickly, and cheaply, then Ortho K may be the way to go. It can help you avoid potential complications that may come with laser eye surgery. Such as cataracts, dry eye syndrome and the hazy vision, etc.
- Orthokeratology is a pain-free procedure: Apart from allowing you to walk freely minus the glasses, Ortho K, is painless.
- It involves no surgical procedure whatsoever.It’s not a permanent procedure. Well, Ortho K procedure is modifiable. You can quickly change it as your needs change.
Ortho K is a very safe medically approved procedure, that can be applied to both children and adults. The cases of short-sightedness continue to increase and it is now clear that myopia is also one of the principal public health problems. .
To get the best out of the procedure, however, it is advisable that you strictly adhere to regimen of contact lens wear, routine check-ups ensuring your lenses are properly fitted and observe proper lens hygiene.
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