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People with refractive errors, such as myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism, have to wear glasses or contacts to see clearly. These individuals will also benefit from orthokeratology or corneal reshaping therapy. Learn more about this vision correction option from your local eye doctor.

What Is Orthokeratology?

Orthokeratology involves wearing a special type of gas permeable contact lenses overnight. As you sleep, these lenses reshape the front surface of your cornea. After you remove the ortho-k lenses when you wake up, you’ll see clearly during the day.

Your eye care provider might recommend ortho-k lenses to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Sometimes, ortho-k can correct presbyopia or help slow myopia progression in children.

Essential Things to Know About Ortho-K

Multiple Fittings Are Necessary for Ortho-K

You usually need to visit your eye doctor multiple times when getting ortho-k lenses. Expect your eye specialist to prescribe multiple sets of temporary lenses over several months before finding the right fit.

Children Are Ideal Candidates for This Treatment

Anyone with refractive errors will benefit from orthokeratology. However, children and young adults, in particular, are good candidates since they aren’t ideal candidates for refractive surgery like LASIK. Individuals with active lifestyles can also obtain excellent results from wearing ortho-k lenses.

Ortho-K Results Can Last For More Than a Day

The results of wearing ortho-k lenses overnight can last for up to two days. At this time, you might be able to see well even without your glasses on. Experts recommend patients wear their lenses while sleeping every night, especially those who recently started the treatment.

Are you interested in orthokeratology? Spectrum Eye Care can tell you more about this vision correction option. If you also need new eyeglasses or contact lenses, we’re here to help. Call us at (704) 817-4600 or complete our online form to schedule an appointment.