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What Does Ortho-K Do?

July 15, 2022

As many as 25% of American adults and children are nearsighted. Unfortunately, there aren’t many options for correcting nearsightedness other than glasses and contact lenses. And the problem with corrective eyewear is it only works when you’re wearing it. Both options have their own downsides, as well.

Ortho-K lenses, one of the latest developments in optical technology, correct nearsightedness at the source. Read on as a Highland, MI optometrist talks about nearsightedness and how Ortho-K lenses can help eliminate the need for glasses or contacts.

What Causes Nearsightedness?

Nearsightedness is a refractive error that causes distant objects to appear blurry. Refractive error refers to the way your eyes orient or focus incoming images.

With 20/20 vision, the cornea focuses light and images directly onto the retina, located at the back of the eye. With nearsightedness, the cornea is curved in a way that deflects the incoming image. When this happens, the image lands in front of the retina instead of directly on it. These conditions make distant objects appear blurred, causing nearsightedness.

What Is Ortho-K?

Ortho-K is a treatment option for people who have mild to moderate nearsightedness. It gives you the ability to see clearly without glasses or contact lenses.

Ortho-K is a non-surgical procedure that helps you achieve better vision and comfort by reshaping your cornea. It uses a specially designed contact lens to gradually reshape the front surface of your eye over time.

How Does Ortho-K Work?

Ortho-K contact lenses are worn overnight and removed in the morning. They’re made from a special material that’s designed to gently reshape your cornea over time. The lenses are worn for several months at a time, depending on how fast your cornea responds to treatment. They gently flatten your cornea, which changes its shape and curvature to help you see clearly without glasses or contacts during the day.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Ortho-K?

  • Anyone looking for an alternative to laser surgery
  • People working in dusty environments
  • Anyone who doesn’t want to wear glasses or contact lenses in the daytime 
  • People who feel uncomfortable wearing contact lenses due to allergies or dry eyes
  • Anyone who has had laser surgery but still needs glasses to see clearly
  • People who don’t want to wear corrective glasses when playing sports

If you have any further questions about Ortho-K lenses or would like to schedule a consultation, please call our Highland, MI optometry office today!

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