who is orthokeratology for?

Who is a good candidate for orthokeratology?

Orthokeratology can be effective on farsighted, nearsighted (myopic), and astigmatic patients. Ideally, your prescription should be in the range of +2.00 to -6.00 with no more than -1.75 diopters of surface astigmatism. In some cases your doctor will attempt higher prescriptions.

If you have been unable to wear contact lenses for any reason (discomfort, allergies, inconvenience, dryness, etc.), you are also a great candidate because this lens is so easy to use and it's worn while you sleep. This greatly reduces any discomfort you may have experienced while using conventional contact lenses.

You are also a great candidate if you need excellent vision without the use of contacts or glasses. Ortho-K benefits pilots, police officers, military personnel and those with safety concerns such as professional athletes, parents of small children, lifeguards and many others.

Finally, if you just don't want to be bothered with wearing glasses or contact lenses during a variety of activities such as hiking, playing sports, swimming, skiing, camping, off-road driving, biking, snorkeling, scuba and more, Ortho-K is for you.

 

WHY ARE CHILDREN GOOD CANDIDATES?

Studies from around the world have indicated that Ortho-K can keep your children's nearsightedness from getting worse. Currently, an ongoing 5 year FDA study is seeking to confirm previous studies and prove anecdotal evidence to this fact. Increasing nearsightedness is also a risk factor for detached retina and glaucoma.

Your child is an especially good candidate if they have a tendency to lose or abuse their contact lenses/glasses, or if wearing them interferes with their active life.

 

WHICH CHILDREN BENEFIT THE MOST FROM ORTHOKERATOLOGY TREATMENT FOR MYOPIA PROGRESSION?

Many studies support orthokeratology treatment for myopia progression in children (i.e. ortho-k stops their eyes form getting worse and reduces the risks of myopia related eye diseases that cause blindness). While most children with myopia will benefit form orthokeratology treatment, a new study has identified which children will get the most beneift from orthokeratology.

The study found that the children who experienced the greatest myopia slowing effect were those who were older, had earlier onset of myopia, were female, had lower rate of myopia progression before baseline, had less myopia at baseline, had longer anterior chamber depth, had greater corneal power, had more prolate corneal shape, had larger iris diameter, had larger pupil sizes, and had lower levels of parental myopia.

Orthokeratology is a complex and specialized area. It is important to see a docotor who is an expert in the feild so that proper orthokeratology candidates are selected.

 

IF I WEAR BIFOCALS, READING GLASSES OR PROGRESSIVE LENSES, AM I A CANDIDATE?

If you are over 40 your reding correction may be addressed with Hyperopic/Presbyopic, Myopic/Presbyopic, or monovision Ortho-K (this last modality involves correcting one eye for great distance vision and the other eye for near vision; your brain automatically chooses the appropriate eye for the task).

Another alternative is to have both eyes corrected for distance vision and wear reading glasses whenever you want to do near work.

 

IS AGE A FACTOR?

No, unlike the age limits imposed on refractive surgery, your Orthokeratologist can fit young children. In fact, many parents choose orthokeratology for their children to treat worsening eye-sight, a problem known as myopia progression.

And, there is no upper limit on age either.
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I SUFFER FROM DRY EYES, AM I A CANDIDATE?

Dry eyes are usually not a problem while you sleep as there is little tear evaporation in a closed eye, and Ortho-K lenses are only worn while you sleep. If your dry eyes are a problem while you sleep, dry eye treatment (including the OAA's approved homeopathic eye drops) is a simple option. Orthokeratology can provide those unable to wear conventional contact lenses due to dry eyes with excellent vision with no compromise to their comfort.

If you have dry eye disease due to severe arthritis or a collagen-vascular disease, you may not be a candidate. However, a comprehensive exam will give us a better idea of your chances for success.

 

I USED TO WEAR CONTACT LENSES, BUT STOPPED DUE TO DISCOMFORT. AM I A CANDIDATE?

Yes, your corneal reshaping lenses are worn at night while you sleep. This greatly reduces any discomfort you may have experienced while wearing contact lenses during the day.


Who is not a good candidate for orthokeratology?

People with the following conditions are generally not good candiates for orthokeratology and your optometrists will screen and test for these conditions are more when conduncting an eye examination:


 

 

Focus on clear vision without contacts, surgery or glasses. Orthokeratology means saftey, freedom and clarity

Focus on: good candidates for orthokeratology.

Orthokeratology is for children, adults, atheletes, and everyone in between.

orthokeratology for children