Myopia (nearsightedness) is the most common refractive error and is typically detected in childhood. It is caused by an elongated eye shape, which causes light rays to land in front of the back of the eye rather than directly upon it. The hallmark symptom of myopia is difficulty seeing distant objects.
Read on as Dr. Rob Gerowitz, your trusted orthokeratology specialist, discusses the different ways we can help manage myopia.
Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses
Myopia is usually managed with corrective eyewear like eyeglasses or standard contact lenses. Unfortunately, glasses and standard contact lenses may contribute to a child’s eyes becoming more nearsighted each year (progressive myopia).
Ortho k therapy is another myopia treatment option that has been growing in popularity in recent years. It’s a non-surgical method of correcting your refractive error and myopic progression.
Unlike regular contact lenses, Ortho k molds are only worn while you sleep. They are made of a gas-permeable material that is made for sleep. While you sleep, the molds will gently reshape your cornea, correcting your vision. You then remove the orthokeratology molds as soon as you wake up and enjoy clear eyesight throughout the rest of the day.
For more information about our myopia control options, call us at (847) 453-3700. You may also fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We see patients from Arlington Heights, IL, and the surrounding communities.