An Alternative to Stronger Glasses for Your Child
If your child has myopia (nearsightedness), and each year you are told the vision is worse and the glasses need to be stronger, does that worry you? Have you ever wondered if there is something to help slow or even stop the progression of myopia? If so, you may want to consider Ortho-K (Ortho-Keratology) for your child.
Why Choose Ortho-K?
Ortho-K (also referred to as “Corneal Reshaping Lenses”, “Corneal Refractive Therapy” (CRT), and “Gentle Vision Shaping System”) is the use of specially designed gas permeable contact lenses that are worn during sleep at night to temporarily correct nearsightedness so glasses and contact lenses aren’t needed during the day.
New research suggests nearsighted kids who undergo several years of orthokeratology may end up with less myopia as adults, compared with children who wear eyeglasses or regular contact lenses during the peak years for myopia progression.
Can Adults Wear Ortho-K Lenses?
YES! If you don’t want the hassle of glasses or contact lenses during the day, adults can wear Ortho-K lenses, too. They are a great alternative to LASIK surgery, and will eliminate any problems you may experience with your contact lenses drying out. Since 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. If you stop wearing the Ortho-K lenses, your corneas will return to their natural shape and your vision will become blurry again.
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) and low amounts of astigmatism. 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 or your child lens-free vision correction during the day and to slow or stop the progression of myopia in your child.