Ortho-k is one of the most effective methods of slowing down myopia progression. It uses the same principle as laser eye correction to reshape the cornea and improve vision whilst also being completely reversible. The lens is inserted just before bed and the magic happens whilst your child is asleep. The lenses are removed upon waking and provides clear vision during the day without the need for day-time glasses or contact lenses. This is particularly beneficial for active children for whom glasses may be a hindrance. Many parents are also more comfortable monitoring their child’s lens use at home with ortho-k.
Active people where glasses may be a hindrance.
Great for people with dry eyes that prevent comfortable contact lens wear.
People considering laser correction but hesitant about the risks and costs involved.
No age restrictions.
Yes! As with all contact lenses, the main risk is eye infections. This risk is no greater compared to other modes of contact lens wear and no riskier than adults wearing contacts.
In fact, when the recommended cleaning and hygiene regimes are practiced, the risk is minimal at 0.007% or about 7 out of 100,000.
Ortho-K is a completely reversible method, so should lens wear be discontinued, the eyes will go back to their original shape before treatment.
Optometrists are required to undergo further training to become a qualified Ortho-K practitioner. They learn how to use specialised equipment to accurately measure the shape of the eyes, which is important in determining the specific lens design for each individual.
An initial comprehensive eye exam is required before the optometrist can determine whether you will be a suitable candidate for Ortho-K.
Important factors include: the shape of the eyes, the amount of myopia and health of the eyes.
Most Ortho-K lens wearers will have a marked improvement in vision within 1 to 2 weeks. The length of time is determined by the amount of myopia that needs to be corrected.
Speak to one of our experienced optometrists to see if your child is suitable for treatment. We will carefully discuss which option will work best for your child, and together we will make an informed decision to help protect your child’s eyesight.