What results can you expect
Eye care practitioners usually aim for 20/20 vision after Ortho-K and corneal refractive therapy. There are times some patients still need glasses, but with less prescription.
Once your eyes reach the desired prescription, you will need to wear lenses when you sleep or during part of the day to maintain your prescription. Discontinuing lens wear altogether allows your corneas to gradually regress to their original shape or close to it.
Is Orthokeratology a new concept?
Reshaping the cornea with contact lenses to improve vision, otherwise known as Ortho-K, was first introduced to contact lens practitioners by George Jessen in 1962. The initial flurry into orthokeratology was hindered by poor technology and understanding of the criteria needed to successfully and predictably correct myopia.
With these changes, over about 50 years, there has been an upsurge in interest in the technique among contact lens specialists,
researchers and academics that has resulted in a better and safe lens material and predictable correction of myopia.
An exponential increase in the publications on this technique and more funding for research from governments and industry bodies started the birth of Orthokeratology in 1992 and was given an FDA approval in 2002.
Are there any side effects to Orthokeratology?
The biggest side effect of controlling myopia with Ortho-K lenses is actually a benefit, namely there are no lenses to be worn during the day, during which time vision remains clear.
You might experience glare and halos that will be reduced with time, but may never completely go away. As with LASIK, patients with large pupils are especially susceptible to this.
The greatest potential adverse risk for any contact lens patient is infection. Patient’s compliance is an utmost importance. 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.