Imagine waking up one day with perfectly clear vision, without needing to reach for your glasses or contact lenses…and without laser eye surgery. It sounds too good to be true, right?
Independence from glasses or contact lenses at work, school and during sport is now possible with orthokeratology. What’s more, it is completely non-invasive (no surgery), suitable for both children and adults, and is 100% reversible if you change your mind.
Orthokeratology – or ortho k – is especially beneficial for myopic or short-sighted kids, as it is a proven method of reducing the rate at which their myopia worsens every year. Children as young as 8 years of age can be successful with ortho k.
Ortho k is not just convenient, it also helps protect our children’s long term eye health.
What is orthokeratology – or ortho k?
Orthokeratology – also known as ortho k or Corneal Reshaping Therapy (CRT) – is a method of correcting vision by gently reshaping the cornea (clear front surface of the eye) using specialised contact lenses that are worn during sleep every night (or every second night). An ideal candidate for ortho k is anyone with low to moderate myopia (or short-sightedness), with or without mild astigmatism. It is most effective for children that have just started to become myopic.
Upon wakening in the morning, the ortho k contact lenses are removed and you are left with clear distance vision. This effect is only temporary, and gradually wears off after about a day or two.
Ortho k has been around for the last 50 years or so, and a lot of research and improvements to the system have been made over that time. With modern fitting philosophies and lens designs, ortho k is highly developed with a very good success rate.