What is Orthokeratology?
Orthokeratology (also known as Ortho K or Corneal Refractive Therapy) is the use of contact lenses to reshape the highly elastic cornea. Corneal Reshaping Contacts worn at night reduce levels of myopia and astigmatism through a flattening effect, improving vision during the day.
Is it safe?
Safety is paramount with any contact lens, and our custom designed Orthokeratology lenses are made from the safest and highest oxygen permeable materials. These materials are specifically chosen to maximise ocular health. Additionally, the corneal reshaping effect is temporary meaning there is little risk involved. You can stop wearing the lenses at any time in favor of glasses or regular contacts.
How does it work?
The lenses are worn at night whilst sleeping and removed in the morning for improved vision during the day. The effect generally lasts for the waking hours (~16hrs) at which point the lenses are inserted again before sleeping. Through the continuation of this routine, seamless clear vision can be maintained.
The Orthokeratology patient, once successfully fitted, is then free from wearing spectacles or conventional contact lenses during the day. It is an ideal solution for those who are sensitive to air conditioning with regular daytime contact lenses and also those who wish to play sport freely.
Who can benefit from Ortho K?
Orthokeratology is ideal for those with mild to moderate myopia (with / without mild astigmatism). Ortho K lenses have proven successful in slowing down or stopping myopic progression entirely.
Children and young adults who do not want to wear glasses but are too young for LASIK or unsuitable for refractive surgery due to dry eye are also ideal candidates.
Additionally, Ortho K is suitable for those who are involved in contact sports or work in a dusty environment & are therefore unable to wear contact lenses.
If you think you could benefit from this treatment, you can Book an Appointment Online.