Yes it can. Orthokeratology (or ortho-k) involves the use of contact lenses to slow or halt myopia (shortsightedness) in its tracks. This is most often achieved through special contact lenses that are worn during sleep.
If you are worried about your prescription changing and in particular about your child's eyesight getting progressively worse, orthokeratology might be just what you've been looking for.
Does ortho-k really work?
Previous generation ortho-k contact lens designs were hit and miss and failure rates were high (with myopia continuing to progress) but the modern designs have a far higher success rate in the hands of an experienced practitioner. Myopia control involves more than just ortho-k. Read more here.
Contact lenses for myopia control
Who can fit ortho-k contact lenses?
It is essential that you choose a practitioner who specialises in advanced contact lens fitting. These lenses are expensive and require a number of appointments to achieve the right fit. You and your child shouldn't have to undergo that unless you have a pretty good chance of success.
At The Eye Practice, we specialise in advanced contact lens fitting, including orthokeratology.