Orthokeratology, also known as ortho k therapy, is a non-surgical solution to refractive errors that involves corneal molds. These special lenses are engineered to reshape the surface of your eyes while you sleep, giving you better visual acuity throughout the next day. In today’s post, Dr. Robert Gerowitz discusses the qualities you need to have to be eligible for this treatment method.
You Have a Refractive Error
Individuals with mild to moderate myopia (nearsightedness) are the primary candidates for Ortho K therapy. In fact, studies show that this corneal reshaping method can significantly reduce myopia progression, especially in children. This treatment can also help people with astigmatism and hyperopia (farsightedness).
You Want an Eyewear-Free Option
Orthokeratology contact molds are supposed to be worn overnight. As you sleep, they gently modify your corneal surface, correcting any structural infirmities. You may remove them as soon as you wake up, and experience better vision without having to use additional prescription eyewear.
Ortho K is an ideal option for people whose jobs make wearing corrective eyewear inconvenient or impossible, like pilots, athletes and lifeguards. Ortho K molds are often a great option for children as well.
LASIK Won’t Work for You
Your trusted orthokeratology specialist explains this treatment is perfect for people who want LASIK but aren’t eligible for the procedure. Children below the age of 18, for example, are not allowed to undergo LASIK.
Fortunately, Ortho K therapy is available to anyone at any age. Ortho K molds can be safely used by children, adolescents and adults. The important thing is that you understand how to use and care for them properly.
The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for orthokeratology is to have your eyes checked by your reliable eye care specialist. Call us today at (847) 453-3700 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We see families in Arlington Heights, IL, and the surrounding communities.