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Orthokeratology

Orthokeratology to the eyes is like braces for the teeth. Orthokeratology, or ortho-k, temporarily reshapes the cornea of the eye through the use of fitted, specially designed, gas-permeable contact lenses. Ortho-k lenses are generally worn at night instead of during the day to work on the reshaping process while you are sleeping. Wearing the ortho-k lenses is a great tool to improving vision but it is not a permanent solution. Be sure to talk to you to come up with your ophthalmologist to come up with the best plan for ortho-k lens use.

WHAT DOES ORKO-K TREAT?

The perfect candidates for ortho-K contact lenses are those who have myopia, or near-sightedness. Eye glasses, LASIK, regular contact lenses and PRK can all treat myopia as well. For people who prefer to go the surgery-free route, want to leave the glasses and contact lenses behind, orthokeratology is a great option. Orthokeratology can be at times, used in the treatment of children’s vision problems but generally is not due to the fact vision can continue to change into early adulthood.

HOW DOES ORTHOKERATOLOGY WORK? 

The dome-shaped, clear window located in the front of your eye that is responsible for your eye’s ability to focus is the cornea and it has very flexible tissue. During the ortho-k exam, the ophthalmologist will use a corneal topographer, an instrument used to measure and map out the surface of your cornea. The map is created by reflecting light off the surface of the eye and will show the curves and shape of the cornea.

The ortho-k lenses are typically removed during the day and worn overnight to flatten the cornea. With the cornea becoming flatter, it changes how the light is bent as it enters the eyes. The cornea will remain flat without the need for glasses for a short time after the ortho-k lenses are removed. Unlike regular contact lenses, ortho-k lenses are gas-permeable and rigid allowing oxygen to pass through them to keep the eyes healthy. The lenses change how the light is bent as it enters the eyes by flattening the cornea. For orthokeratology to be effective, the lenses should be worn on a regular basis to keep the cornea flattened. Without regular use, the refractive error will return and the cornea goes back to the original shape.

Insight Eyecare & Eyewear takes pride in having a one-on-one approach to total eye care needs and providing nothing but the best, high-quality optometry services in a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere. Patients in the Chandler area can count on us for personal attention, professional doctors and staff and being well-informed. For your ortho-k and eye care questions, call us at (480) 883-0900.

Orthokeratology to the eyes is like braces for the teeth. Orthokeratology, or ortho-k, temporarily reshape the cornea of the eye through the use of fitted, specially designed, gas-permeable contact lenses. Ortho-k lenses are generally worn at night instead of during the day to work on the reshaping process while you are sleeping. Wearing the ortho-k lenses is a great tool to improving vision but it is not a permanent solution. Be sure to talk to you to come up with your ophthalmologist to come up with the best plan for ortho-k lens use.

WHAT DOES ORKO-K TREAT?

The perfect candidates for ortho-K contact lenses are those who have myopia, or near-sightedness. Eyeglasses, LASIK, regular contact lenses and PRK can all treat myopia as well. For people who prefer to go the surgery-free route, want to leave the glasses and contact lenses behind, orthokeratology is a great option. Orthokeratology can be at times, used in the treatment of children’s vision problems but generally is not due to the fact vision can continue to change into early adulthood.

HOW DOES ORTHOKERATOLOGY WORK? 

The dome-shaped, clear window located in the front of your eye that is responsible for your eye’s ability to focus is the cornea and it has very flexible tissue. During the ortho-k exam, the ophthalmologist will use a corneal topographer, an instrument used to measure and map out the surface of your cornea. The map is created by reflecting light off the surface of the eye and will show the curves and shape of the cornea.

The ortho-k lenses are typically removed during the day and worn overnight to flatten the cornea. With the cornea becoming flatter, it changes how the light is bent as it enters the eyes. The cornea will remain flat without the need for glasses for a short time after the ortho-k lenses are removed. Unlike regular contact lenses, ortho-k lenses are gas-permeable and rigid allowing oxygen to pass through them to keep the eyes healthy. The lenses change how the light is bent as it enters the eyes by flattening the cornea. For orthokeratology to be effective, the lenses should be worn on a regular basis to keep the cornea flattened. Without regular use, the refractive error will return and the cornea goes back to the original shape.

Insight Eyecare & Eyewear takes pride in having a one-on-one approach to total eye care needs and providing nothing but the best, high-quality optometry services in a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere. Patients in the Chandler area can count on us for personal attention, professional doctors and staff and being well-informed. For your ortho-k and eye care questions, call us at (480) 883-0900.

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