Orthokeratology (Ortho K) is the use of custom made specialised rigid contact lens to gently re-shape the cornea and reduce your short-sightedness while you sleep. Ortho K frees you from having to wear spectacles or contact lenses during the day.
Frequently Asked Questions about Ortho-K
What is the biggest benefit?
Time and time again, university studies have proven that Ortho K significantly reduces the progression of short-sightedness by up to 80%. For this reason, it is ideal for patients with progressive myopia, particularly younger children. The other major benefit is that it is not a surgical procedure and is completely reversible upon discontinuation of lens wear. Along with this, because no lenses are worn during the day, it is suitable for patients with dry eyes or have more active lifestyles.
Is this a surgical procedure?
No. There is no use of lasers or blades. The rigid contact lens gently reshapes your cornea over night while you sleep.
How does it work?
Like orthotics’ for feet, and orthodontics for teeth, Ortho K uses specially designed custom made rigid lenses to gently re-mould your cornea while your eyes are closed. This gentle re-moulding reduces the optical power of your eyes, thus giving you freedom from wearing spectacles or contact lenses during the day.
Is it painful?
No. There can be discomfort in the first month of wear, however, this mostly occurs while you blink, which will only be from the short time between inserting the lenses and sleeping, and the short time between awakening and removing the lens.
Is it reversible?
Yes. Ortho K is completely reversible upon discontinuation of lens wear.
How do I know if I am suitable?
These lenses are ideal if you are short-sighted and your prescription is less than -8.00D. It is ideal for younger children with progressive short-sightedness, however, it is suitable for all ages and even if your prescription is not progressing and stable.
How much does it cost?
Depending on your level of short-sightedness, the cost of the treatment plan is between varies upon the difficulty of your treatment. We do offer initial consultations for a fee of $100 to see if you are suitable and explore all your options.
Please contact our friendly staff for more information.