Orthokeratology

Corneal Reshaping with Ortho-K lenses

 Want to be free of contacts and glasses during the day? Are your contacts too uncomfortable or dry during the day? Too nervous to get lasik surgery?

Myopia (nearsightedness) is a condition that is associated with blurred vision at distance. It can lead to a lower quality of life due to dependance on glasses and contacts. In higher amounts it also puts eyes at a higher risk for developing sight threatening conditions such as myopic macular degeneration, cataracts , glaucoma, and retinal holes and detachments.

Orthokeratology or Ortho-K lenses are FDA approved customized contact lenses that are used for the correction of myopia and mild astigmatism. The work by molding the cornea, into an optimal shape that corrects for nearsightedness and in children can help slow the progression. The contacts are inserted before bed every night and removed upon waking after 7-8 hours of sleep (were time). When removed the nearsightedness with be corrected and vision will be clear for the majority of the day without wearing glasses or contact lenses. 

The risk of eye infection with ortho-k lenses is very small about the same risk of infection with soft lenses that are FDA approved for overnight wear. Most cases of infection from ortho-k lenses result from non-compliance with instructions on proper lens care and after-care.

See these studies for more information:

http://www.dreamlens.at/pdf/Longitudinal_Orthokeratology_Research.pdf

https://www.lentilledenuit.com/espace-professionnels/pdf/Corneal-reshaping-and-myopia-progression-full-text.pdf

https://iovs.arvojournals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2127470

Myopia Management


Myopia Management: Part 1

What is Myopia and why is it a concern?

Myopia, also known as near-sightedness, is a disorder where the shape of the eyeball lengthens and causes image blur on the retina. The progression of myopia  is thought to be a combination of environmental and genetic factors.

Myopia is the most common ocular disorder worldwide and the leading cause of visual impairment in children. In 2010 it was estimated that 27% of the world population was myopic, and by 2050 it is estimated  to rise to 52%.

Genetics do play a role. It is estimated that if one parent is myopic, a child has a 1 in 5 (20%) chance of becoming myopic, if both parents are myopic it jumps to 1 in 3 or 33%. 

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Environmental factors, such as prolonged near work (reading and technology based), length of schooling, and time spent outdoors have also been shown to play a role.

So why is this bad?

The younger the onset of myopia, the higher the likelihood of developing higher risk eye diseases later in life.

These include:

  • Retinal Detachments
  • Myopic Macular Degeneration
  • Glaucoma

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See the large jump in risk as the prescription moves into higher numbers. If you have a young child that develops myopia, this is the potential risk they will face later in life because of their refractive error.

Not to mention the financial burden over a lifetime of buying glasses and contacts, and the higher the prescriptions, are more expensive to correct. 

Listed below are a couple websites that have useful information if you would like to learn more.

Stay tuned for more information about treatment options to help manage myopia. These options to help reduce the amount of nearsightedness your child will end up with and help them have healthier eyes later in life.

https://www.mykidsvision.org/en-us

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Are Scleral Contact Lenses Right For You?

So, you don’t always want to wear glasses, but traditional contact lenses just don’t work for you. Either you just can’t see as well with them, or your eyes are uncomfortable and they just don’t fit you well. You may have a difficult prescription, an irregular shaped eye, or issues like dry eye that can make wearing contacts uncomfortable.

Welcome to the possibilities of scleral contact lenses!

They are fit differently: They are larger that the soft and hard contact lenses you are used to. Scleral lenses actually vault over the colored iris and sit on the sclera (the white part of the eye). Since these lenses do not touch the cornea, and they do not move very much, they are usually more comfortable than other lens options.

They are filled with fluid: When you insert the lens, you fill it with a preservative free buffered saline. This saline stays under the lens as you wear it and it helps even out any surface irregularities you may have, whether it is astigmatism, keratoconus, or post vision correction surgery. This fluid also helps to keep your eye from drying out and can be therapeutic for severe dry eye sufferers.

They are healthy: The material these lenses are made of are highly oxygen permeable, so they are healthy for you eyes. These are not a disposable type lens. These lenses can last up to a year or two if your eyes remain stable.

Your vision plan may help pay for them: If you have vision insurance, your normal contact lens benefits can be applied to these lenses. Over the course of the wear time, the cost associated with scleral lenses is not that different than soft disposable lenses.

If you are struggling with your current contacts or haven’t been able to successfully wear contacts, lets discuss this option at your next visit.

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Synergeyes Progressive lens Case #1

Synergeyes progressive lens case #1

 

Just to give you some background information, the Synergeyes progressive lens is a hybrid lens design, which means it has a gas permeable center surrounded by a soft lens skirt. The Benefit of this lens design is that it gives you the superior optics of a hard lens, with the comfort of a soft lens.  These lenses are a great alternative to someone who needs correction for both distance and near, but also has astigmatism that a soft multifocal may not be able to correct. They also come with a Tangible Hydra-PEG coating to increase comfort throughout the day.

So patient #1 has tried every soft multi-focal option that has crossed my desk. She is never completely happy with her vision, but always ends up going back to Biofinity Multifocals. This was my fist experience fitting this lens, and I was not really expecting a lot. She is pretty near sighted and she has mild astigmatism. Her first impression was good, they took a little practice removing them.

She called me on the way home to tell me “she could see” while driving. This seemed pretty significant that she hadn’t felt like she could see that clear with her old lenses. She has been wearing them for about four months now and is still doing great.

Want more out of your multifocal contact lenses?

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