Orthokeratology is a type of contact lens that is often called ortho-k. These contact lenses make up a system that can treat myopia and even prevent the myopia in some patients from getting worse. Orthokeratology can be used in adults as a way to correct their vision, though it works a little bit differently from other types of corrective lenses. At 20/20 Vision Care, we have provided residents of Pearl, MS, with orthokeratology services for many years. Following are the answers to several questions we frequently receive regarding orthokeratology.
Orthokeratology lenses contact lenses work differently from regular contacts. They reversibly reshape the eyeball so that patients can see better. In adults, it can be used as a substitution for glasses or regular contact lenses. These lenses are worn only at night, and they put a little bit of pressure on the wearer's eyeballs to subtly change their shape.
Being nearsighted comes from having light focus in front of the back of the eye. These contacts can change the shape of the correa, focusing the light right on the back of the eye, so that the person can see clearly. The contacts are worn while sleeping the patent won't have to wear glasses or contacts throughout the day.
When children have myopia, they can use these ortho-k lenses at night to slow or stop the condition from progressing. It also means they don't have to wear glasses, but the main use of them in children is to help their vision not get as bad as it ordinarily would with myopia management. Myopia progresses quickly in children, and these contact lenses can help the child's myopia from progressing so much. If the child stops wearing the contacts, however, the effect are reversable, and they will have to use glasses again.
Call 20/20 Vision Care today for more information or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.
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Pearl, MS 39208 6654, US