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.