Orthokeratology or “ortho-k” is a process that uses specially designed contact lenses to temporarily reshape the contour of the cornea in order to reduce myopia (nearsightedness). Sometimes called corneal reshaping this non-surgical procedure is now also available for people with farsightedness and presbyopia, which is a blurring of our vision as we age, typically beginning in our 40’s.
Otho-k is generally used for older children ages 8 to 12 who have been diagnosed with progressive myopia or nearsightedness that becomes worse with time. Older adolescents and adults are also recommended for ortho-k, although the best success is with people under age 40.
Ortho-k services in Glendale and Peoria, AZ
Upon visiting your eye doctor and completing a comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist may recommend ortho-k which means you will wear specially designed contact lenses at night only. During the one- to two-week treatment phase, your nearsightedness is gradually reduced by these lenses reshaping your cornea. Since your vision will be changing, you'll need to wear disposable soft lenses during the day. Once the initial two week treatment is over, our patients can wear the special lenses only at night and will see perfectly well during their day without any type of corrective contacts or glasses. Some patients need to wear their corrective lenses every other night, or even once or twice a week, to maintain the effect. Patients who are being treated with ortho-k will need to see their eye care professional from time to time to ensure the corrective lenses are fitting well and their eyes remain healthy. Since patients are wearing these tight fitting lenses on their eye all night, it is important to clean and disinfect the lenses upon removal each morning. While this treatment approach is not for everyone it is an extremely safe, effective and easy way to address mild forms of blurred vision.