7 Benefits of Ortho-k for Myopia Management

Myopia is a refractive error of the eye, where light entering the eye does not focus on the retina as it should, but instead, focuses in front of it. This results in distant objects appearing blurry while close objects appear clear. Recognizing the need for myopia management is the first step to addressing this refractive error.

What Is Ortho-k?

Ortho-k is a non-surgical procedure that uses specially designed gas permeable contact lenses to reshape the curvature of the cornea, the front surface of the eye. This reshaping corrects myopia, allowing for clear vision during the day without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Ortho-k works by gently reshaping the cornea overnight while you sleep. You insert the lenses before bedtime, and by morning, the shape of your cornea has been adjusted to correct your myopia.

The effect is temporary, lasting for a day or two, so the lenses need to be worn each night. However, consistent use of Ortho-k lenses can also slow the progression of myopia, making them an effective tool for myopia management.

7 Benefits of Ortho-k For Myopia Management


1.     Clear Vision Without Eyewear: One benefit of Ortho-k is the ability to see clearly during the day.

2.     Non-Surgical: Unlike LASIK, Ortho-k is a non-surgical procedure, meaning there's no recovery time and no risk of surgical complications.

3.     Reversible and Adjustable: The effects of Ortho-k are temporary and reversible. If you decide to stop wearing the lenses, your cornea will gradually revert to its original shape. Also, as your prescription changes, your Ortho-k lenses can be adjusted accordingly.

4.     Safe for Children: Ortho-k is safe for children and can be an effective way to manage myopia progression from a young age.

5.     Comfortable: After an initial adjustment period, many people find that Ortho-k lenses are comfortable to wear and easy to use.

6.     Suitable for Sports and Outdoor Activities: Without the need for glasses or contact lenses during the day, Ortho-k is perfect for active individuals and sports enthusiasts.

7.     Slows Myopia Progression: Most importantly, consistent use of Ortho-k lenses can slow the progression of myopia, helping to maintain healthier eyes in the long term.

How To Get Started with Ortho-k For Myopia Management


If you're interested in starting your own Ortho-k journey, here are some steps to take:

•   Consult With an Optometrist: The optometrist will be able to determine if you're a suitable candidate for Ortho-k and answer any questions you might have.

•   Get Fitted for Ortho-k Lenses: Your optometrist will take precise measurements of your eyes to create custom Ortho-k lenses that fit you perfectly.

•   Learn How to Use And Care For Your Lenses: Proper care and handling of your Ortho-k lenses is crucial. Your optometrist will provide you with instructions on how to insert, remove, and clean your lenses.

Begin Your Journey towards Clearer Vision Today

If you're struggling with myopia and looking for an effective management solution, consult with our optometrists to determine if Ortho-k lenses are right for you. Visit Vintage Optical in Morton, Illinois. We strive to deliver the ultimate customer service experience and take pride in using the latest technology to fully customize your visit. Please call (309) 263-8611 to schedule an appointment today.