Freedom from glasses and contact lenses ... without surgery?

Many people have heard of Lasik, which is a surgical laser procedure to correct vision. It works by reshaping the cornea, which is the clear “window” in front of the colored iris, and is an excellent surgical option for those who want freedom from glasses and/or contact lenses . While many people desire this type of permanent vision correction, there is another non-surgical option to consider for some to consider: ortho-keratology.

Freedom from glasses and daytime contact lenses without surgical intervention is possible today for most patients. This method of vision correction is called Ortho-K and involves wearing custom-designed contact lenses overnight. The lenses reshape the cornea while one sleeps and the lenses are removed upon waking in the morning. This corneal reshaping corrects vision in a non-permanent fashion, unlike most surgical procedures which cannot be reversed. Most patients require nightly to every-other-night wear of their Ortho-K lenses to maintain vision correction.

Ortho-K lenses are gas-permeable, sometimes referred to as “rigid” lenses, which are a different material than standard soft contact lenses. They are typically smaller in size than standard soft contact lenses as well. As with any change to contact lenses, it can take time to get used to handling and caring for lenses. Typically, a sensation of initial lens awareness is experienced due to slight movement upon blinking — of course, when asleep, this does not occur.

So, who is a good candidate from Ortho-K? Those who require or would benefit from freedom from corrective lenses during the daytime — athletes such as swimmers are a prime example. Wearing contact lenses while swimming increases risk for serious eye infections, and having goggles made with the glasses prescription is not always feasible. Children, whether avid athletes or not, are often excellent candidates for Ortho-K because Lasik and other surgeries are simply not Food and Drug Administration-approved for kids. Adults wary of the cost or permanency of Lasik are also good candidates for Ortho-K lenses. Ortho-K corrects myopia (nearsighted vision) best, but can also be used for astigmatism and hyperopia (farsighted vision). Routine tests at an annual eye exam often determine if someone is a good candidate for Ortho-K.

One exciting benefit we see with Ortho-K use in children is the potential to slow down the progressive form of myopia. (Progressive myopia is defined as worsening nearsightnedness on annual eye exams, requiring stronger glasses prescriptions.) The ability to slow this change also implies a decrease in retinal thinning and a larger range of clear vision. This means that when using Ortho-K contact lenses, a child may not need to continue to increase their glasses prescription year after year. While Ortho-K has been around for more than three decades, understanding this aspect is relatively novel, and studies continue to show positive results.

Let's block ads! (Why?)



More artcles

Exportieren von Kontakten von Outlook.com in eine CSV-Datei

BUSINESS WIRE: Globale Marken starten RCS Business-Messaging-Live-Dienste, basierend auf dem GSMA Universal Profile

Schlumberger kündigt Telefonkonferenz zu den Ergebnissen des ersten Quartals 2018 an

Registrierung für führende CSR-Preisverleihung der arabischen Welt öffnet im 11. Jahr in Folge

Informationen zu Geschäftskontakten in Business Contact Manager

WhatsApp rollt neue Funktionen aus: User brauchen aber wichtiges Upgrade

Diabetes: Smarte Kontaktlinse misst Glukosewerte in der...

Nachrichten»Visioneering Technologies erhält CE-Kennzeichnung für die NaturalVue-Familie der Ein-Tages-Linsen

Visioneering Technologies erhält CE-Kennzeichnung für die NaturalVue®-Familie der Ein-Tages-Linsen

Colored Contacts: Celebrities Who Wear Them and What You Should Know Before Buying Them



Related links

Fresh Amethyst

$19.99

Fresh Amethyst

The Fresh Color Mirror Single Lens Metal Wraparound Shield Sunglasses with Gift Box (Gold, Blue)

$5.99

The Fresh Color Mirror Single Lens Metal Wraparound Shield...

Colored Contact Lenses: an Easy Consumer's Guide

$

Colored Contact Lenses: an Easy Consumer's Guide

 iCOLOUR Color Changing Eye Drops - Change Your Eye Color Naturally - 1 Month Supply - 9 mL (Hazel)

$38.95

iCOLOUR Color Changing Eye Drops - Change Your Eye Color Naturally...

Ownsig 1pc 3cm Contact Lens Inserter Easy to Wearing Contact Lenses Cleaning Tool Random Color

$1.93

Ownsig 1pc 3cm Contact Lens Inserter Easy to Wearing Contact Lenses...

Bausch & Lomb Sight Savers Contact Lens Cases, Colors May Vary 3 Each (Pack of 3)

$9.87

Bausch & Lomb Sight Savers Contact Lens Cases, Colors May Vary 3...

Related links

Bausch & Lomb Renu Fresh Multi-Purpose Solution for Color Contact Lens - 355 ml

$35.00

Bausch & Lomb Renu Fresh Multi-Purpose Solution for Color Contact...

Optic Shop Tight-Top Contact Lens Case Assorted Color Value Pack 12 Count

$20.12

Optic Shop Tight-Top Contact Lens Case Assorted Color Value Pack 12...

FOSSIL Clara Contact Lens Case Color: Turquoise Cute Mini Purse a1k

$20.00

FOSSIL Clara Contact Lens Case Color: Turquoise Cute Mini Purse a1k