What is Ortho-k and how does it work?

Ortho-k, short for Orthokeratology, is a non-surgical procedure designed to temporarily correct myopia (nearsightedness) by reshaping the cornea using specially designed contact lenses. These lenses are worn overnight, allowing the wearer to have clear vision during the day without the need for glasses or contact lenses. The process works by gently flattening the cornea, which changes how light is bent as it enters the eye, thereby improving vision.

Is everyone a candidate for Ortho-k?

While Ortho-k is an effective solution for many, it’s not suitable for everyone. Ideal candidates are individuals with mild to moderate myopia, with or without mild astigmatism. The best way to determine if you’re a candidate for Ortho-k is by undergoing a comprehensive eye examination at Clinton Eye Associates, where we can assess your vision needs and eye health.

How long does it take to see results from Ortho-k?

Most patients begin to notice significant improvements in their vision within a few days of starting Ortho-k treatment. However, achieving the full correction may take up to two weeks. It’s important to follow the wearing schedule prescribed by your eye care professional at Clinton Eye Associates to ensure the best results.

Are the effects of Ortho-k permanent?

No, the effects of Ortho-k are reversible and temporary. If you stop wearing the Ortho-k lenses, your cornea will gradually return to its original shape, and your myopia will reappear. Regular use of the lenses as prescribed is essential for maintaining the corrective effects.

Can Ortho-k help prevent myopia progression?

Some studies suggest that Ortho-k can help slow down the progression of myopia in children and adolescents. This is particularly beneficial as it could reduce the risk of developing high levels of myopia, which are associated with greater risks of eye health issues later in life.

Is Ortho-k safe?

Yes, when performed under the guidance of experienced professionals like those at Clinton Eye Associates, Ortho-k is a safe and effective treatment. However, as with any contact lens use, there is a risk of infection, particularly if lenses are not cared for properly. It’s vital to adhere to the cleaning and handling instructions provided by your eye care professional.

How do I get started with Ortho-k at Clinton Eye Associates?

The first step is to schedule a comprehensive eye examination with us. During this visit, we will assess your vision and eye health, discuss your lifestyle needs, and determine if you are a good candidate for Ortho-k. If you are, we’ll provide you with detailed information on the process, costs, and what to expect, ensuring you’re fully informed before beginning treatment.

What is the cost of Ortho-k treatment at Clinton Eye Associates?

The cost of Ortho-k can vary depending on the complexity of your prescription and your specific vision needs. At Clinton Eye Associates, we believe in transparent pricing and will provide you with a detailed breakdown of costs before you commit to treatment. We also offer various financing options to make Ortho-k accessible to those who can benefit from it.

How do I care for my Ortho-k lenses?

Proper care and maintenance of your Ortho-k lenses are crucial for ensuring their effectiveness and minimizing the risk of infection. This includes regular cleaning and disinfecting with solutions recommended by Clinton Eye Associates, as well as handling them with clean, dry hands. We will provide you with comprehensive instructions on lens care when you begin your Ortho-k treatment.

Can I swim or shower while wearing Ortho-k lenses?

It is generally recommended to avoid swimming or showering while wearing Ortho-k lenses to prevent the risk of waterborne eye infections. If you need to swim or shower while the lenses are in, it’s advisable to wear waterproof goggles to protect your eyes and lenses. Always consult with your eye care professional at Clinton Eye Associates for personalized advice.