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.
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