ORTHO-K AT Odessa Vision Center
Here at Odessa Vision Center, our optometrists can fit you with orthokeratology (Ortho-K) lenses so that you do not have to wear glasses or contact lenses during the day.
Corneal Reshaping with Orthokeratology
Orthokeratology lenses are designed to fit snugly against the cornea, which is the outer layer of the eye that covers the pupil, iris, and lens. Its function is to help direct light through the lens and to the back of the eye. When the cornea is misshapen, it results in light being focused incorrectly at the back of the eye, resulting in blurry vision. By reshaping the cornea with ortho-k lenses, light is focused correctly so that the individual can see clearly.
Benefits of Orthokeratology
- Completely Reversible
- Corrects Most Types of Refractive Errors
- Eliminates the Need for Daytime Vision Correction
- Great Alternative to LASIK
- Most Individuals Attain 20/40 or Better Vision Correction
Refractive Errors Treated with Ortho-K
Ortho-k contact lenses were originally designed to correct the vision of individuals who are nearsighted. However, advancements in technology have made it possible to also correct farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Ortho-k lenses can also be used in children to help slow the progression of myopia, also called nearsightedness.
Good Candidates for Ortho-K
A comprehensive examination by our optometrist in Odessa, TX can help determine if you would benefit from orthokeratology contact lenses. In general, adults and children are considered good candidates if they mild to moderate refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia or astigmatism.
Orth-k is often prescribed to children and teenagers who are nearsighted but are too young for vision correction surgery. In these cases, the adolescents are given ortho-k lenses to help them see clearly and to slow the progression of the refractive error.
Using Ortho-K Contact Lenses
Orth-K contact lenses are hard contacts that are inserted into the eyes at night and worn while sleeping. While the individual sleeps, the lens slowly reshapes the cornea, which results in clear vision during the day.
To use ortho-k lenses, the individual removes and cleans the lenses. Then, he or she inserts them into their eyes and goes to bed for the night. In the morning, the individual removes the lenses, cleans them and inserts them into their respective cases. There is no need to wear additional vision correction.
The initial treatment schedule generally calls for wearing the lenses nightly, but with close supervision from our optometrist, you may be able to wear your lenses only a few nights a week after the initial treatment period.
Orthokeratology Exams with our Optometrist in Odessa, TX
Our optometrist in Odessa, TX can examine your eyes and fit you with ortho-k lenses. The procedure for fitting ortho-k lenses involves mapping your cornea and testing the fit with a sample pair of lenses before ordering your permanent lenses.
Most individuals need a set of three lenses in order to achieve maximum benefits. The exact number of lenses and your wearing schedule will depend on how well your eyes adapt to the corneal refractive therapy and your desired vision correction.