What is Orthokeratology
Children and Orthokeratology
Shortsightedness and Orthokeratology
Cost of Orthokeratology
Worried about your child's progressing shortsightedness?
Most people haven’t heard of Orthokeratology, but if you’re thinking about laser eye surgery it is important to look at all the options available to make an informed decision on vision correction.
If you as a parent are worried about your child's prescription getting higher every year, then Orthokeratology is actually recommended and suitable for children, with the added proven benefit of slowing myopic progression.
If you have myopia or astigmatism, Orthokeratology with theeyecarecompany offers a safe, viable option to correct your vision without the hassle of glasses, wearing contact lenses all day or surgery.
Orthokeratology (OrthoK) is a non-surgical technique of gently reshaping the front of your eye by using customised contact lenses worn overnight.
These lenses are removed in the morning - resulting in clear, lasting vision throughout the day without the need to wear glasses or contact lenses.
Think of orthokeratology like orthodontic braces for your eyes. As orthodontics correct and straighten your teeth, orthokeratology corrects your vision.
A contour map of your eye is taken of your eye with a machine called a corneal topographer. Using this map, measurements are sent to our labs to manufacture an RGP (Rigid Gas Permeable) lens.
The back surface of the lens molds the front surface of your eye (cornea) into a desired shape that refocuses light onto your retina, allowing you to see clearly without having to wear glasses or contact lenses during the day.
Orthokeratology lenses have been successfully fitted for prescriptions ranging from -0.50 to -6.00 with up to -2.00 degrees of astigmatism. If you're outside the range, you may still be suitable for Ortho K lenses.
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Orthokeratology has been practiced safely for more than 50 years, but it is not especially common as it requires specialised skill and experience in fitting contact lenses as well as corneal topographer, which is not an instrument you’d find at your standard optometry practice.
Our resident orthokeratology specialist, Griffin Ngo, has fitted hundreds of OrthoK lenses successfully to reduce myopia as well as rid patients of glasses and conventional contact lenses.
With a well-fitting contact lens, most patients are able to see clearly unaided by glasses or lenses in the first 1-2 weeks. In 30% of cases, lenses are only required to be worn about 3 nights per week.
Before commencing any OrthoK treatment, theeyecarecompany optometrists will examine your eyes thoroughly and make a recommendation to commence Ortho K or discuss your other options.
theeyecarecompany will not recommend OrthoK for you if there is a low chance of success considering your examination results, thus ensuring a very high rate of success for every OrthoK patient we fit. Most children that have maintained Ortho K, fitted by Griffin Ngo have showed little to no increase in their shortsightedness over six years of practicing orthokeratology.
Also, read more information about orthoK and shortsightedess here.
theeyecarecompany only uses safe Ortho K lenses that have 100% oxygen transmissibility.
As with all contact lens wear, you must be careful to follow all instructions regarding the care and storage of lenses to ensure your eyes remain healthy - otherwise there exists a possibility of adverse effects or eye infection.
If you properly care for your eyes as instructed, the risk of infection or adverse effects are very low. Parents are recommended to supervise young children in the insertion, removal and care of their lenses.
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