If you’re the parent of a child with progressive myopia, you may have questions about orthokeratology. Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) offers a non-invasive means of managing myopia (nearsightedness) symptoms to improve vision.

Dr. Ostrom is the only Fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control in the State of Connecticut and Dr. Ostrom has lectured on the subject of OrthoK at many international meetings. He has mentored other doctors around the world studying for their OrthoK Fellowship. Additionally, Clinton Eye Associated is the oldest myopia control and orthoK clinic in the state.

These FAQs from Clinton Eye Associates, Clinton, CT, explain more about how Ortho-K works and the benefits it has to offer in correcting refractive errors to improve your sight.

What is Ortho-K?

Ortho-K is a non-surgical procedure that uses specialty contact lenses to reshape the cornea of your eye to improve your sight. These contacts are worn at night while you sleep. The next day, when you remove the contacts, you’ll have clearer sight. The use of Ortho-K lenses at night eliminates your need for corrective lenses during the day. It also helps stop the progression of myopia symptoms so your child can enjoy clearer sight.

Who can benefit from Ortho-K lenses?

Almost anyone with refractive errors can benefit from Ortho-K technology, but it’s particularly beneficial for children with myopia as it slows the progression of myopia symptoms. After evaluating your eye health and vision, your Clinton optometry specialist can determine if Ortho-K lenses are a good fit for you.

How long does it take Ortho-K lenses to clarify your vision? How long do the effects last?

Most Ortho-K patients see a marked improvement in their vision within a few days of using the Ortho-K lenses. After 2 weeks, many have obtained optimum sight. The effects of Ortho-K, however, are not permanent. They may last anywhere between 24 and 72 hours. As long as you wear the lenses at night, you’ll experience improved sight during the day. If you stop the treatment, your vision will return to its former state.

What are the risks of Ortho-K treatment? 

When recommended by your optometry specialist, Ortho-K therapy is a safe and effective treatment. The risks are comparable to those of wearing traditional contacts, i.e. dry eyes, eye irritation, redness, etc. You can contact your Clinton optometrist for help rectify any problems that may arise.

See Your Clinton, CT, Optometrist for Ortho-K Treatment

To learn more about Ortho-K treatment, contact Clinton Eye Associates in Clinton, CT, by calling (860) 669-2020.

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