What is Orthokeratology
Children and Orthokeratology
Shortsightedness and Orthokeratology
Cost of Orthokeratology
Myopia is a vision defect commonly known as nearsightedness or shortsightedness. Those with myopia can see clearly up to a certain distance, then objects begin to appear fuzzy or out of focus. Distant road signs or chalkboards are often too blurry to read, which can lead to serious problems if the myopia is left uncorrected.
With the increased amounts of near work children are expected to do in school as well as outside tutoring, it is no real wonder that myopia is on the rise.
Myopia in children is typically progressive, meaning that as they get older and study more, it is very likely that their short-sightedness will increase.
This means that as your child ages, they will need corrective lenses that are stronger in degree and heavier in weight.
High myopia in the later stages of life also increases chances of retinal detachment and glaucoma.
theeyecarecompany prescribes orthokeratology specifically for reducing myopic progression, i.e. slowing or stopping the increase of your child’s prescription.
Concerned parents will often ask why their child’s prescription keeps getting higher with every visit to the optometrist, which can easily be dismissed by “genetics” or that parents just have to wait until they stop growing and their eyes “settle down” or that increases in prescription can’t be controlled.
Studies by Professor Helen Swarbrick, UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science, have proven the effectiveness of OrthoK in reducing the progression of myopia, causing it to “stop in its tracks”.
When comparing OrthoK and normal disposable lenses for children, the benefits of Ortho K are clear.
Ortho K is the best possible method available to this current date to slow down or stop shortsightnedness from worsening, with research data to prove this.
Also, Ortho K lenses are only worn while sleeping. Because the lenses are only worn at night, you as a parent are always able to supervise the insertion and removal of the Ortho K lenses if you wish. Though most children are so motivated to get rid of their glasses, some as young as 5, that they become especially responsible ?remembering to put their lenses in every night and take care of them.
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