Orthokeratology for Lens-Free Daytime Vision
If you’ve always envied your friends and relatives for their ability to go through life without dealing with eyeglasses or contact lenses, you’re certainly not alone. Many individuals with nearsightedness would like to be free of any extraneous corrective devices as they go about their normal activities. But refractive surgery isn’t for everyone, while stumbling around without the necessary vision correction isn’t for anyone. But now there’s another option called orthokeratology or Ortho-K. Our eye doctor in Raleigh can provide it here at Family Eye Care Center.
Why Choose Ortho-K?
Good vision starts (or in many cases, fails to start) at the cornea, that half-dome of clear, smooth tissue in front of the lens that acts as a “window” into the eye. The precise curvature of the cornea plays a vital role in focusing incoming light so that it refracts correctly inside the eye for clear vision. Sometimes the cornea, the eyeball or both can be slightly misshapen. When this happens, you may end up with nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. (Another refractive error, presbyopia, is an age-related problem that originates in the lens.)
Eyeglasses and contact lenses correct for these problems by altering the refraction of light before it reaches the cornea, while LASIK and other forms of refractive surgery permanently re-sculpt the corneal contours. Unfortunately, corrective lenses must be cleaned, secured, carried around and otherwise dealt with to an extent that may be impractical — and simply wearing them may be inconvenient for very active individuals.
Orthokeratology is an exciting additional option for treating refractive errors. While Ortho-K does require our eye doctor to fit you for contact lenses, you wear these specialized hard lenses only during sleep. The lenses gently reshape the contours of your corneas as you sleep, so that when you wake and remove the lenses, you can see with optimal clarity. This allows you to go about your daily business with perfect confidence — and without glasses or contacts. The correction can easily last a few days, and you can keep it going indefinitely simply by wearing your Ortho-K lenses to bed as needed.
Ask Our Optometrist in Raleigh About Ortho-K
Orthokeratology isn’t a perfect solution for every need. It works best for individuals with mild-to-moderate myopia (nearsightedness). Call Family Eye Care Center at 919-981-4444 for a consultation with our optometrist in Raleigh to find out whether Ortho-K might grant you lens-free vision correction today