If you are tired of wearing glasses or contacts during the day, you should consider ortho-k. Ortho-k, also known as orthokeratology, involves the use of special lenses that are worn overnight. While you sleep, the ortho-k lenses gently reshape your corneas, correcting your vision. When you wake up in the morning, you will be able to see clearly without correction. If you are considering ortho-k in Torrance, the vision care professionals at Incredible Eye Care Optometry are ready to assist you.
Conditions Treated by Ortho-K
Ortho-k can treat myopia, hyperopia, and minor astigmatism. If you have myopia, your prescription cannot be higher than -6.00. If you have hyperopia, your prescription cannot be higher than +2.00. If you have astigmatism, your prescription cannot be higher than 1.75.
Length of Treatment
The length of time it takes to reach the maximum results depends on your prescription. The higher the prescription, the longer it will take. Most people will start seeing results after the first three nights, but it can take up to two weeks for the maximum effects to become apparent.
You must wear the lenses for 7 to 8 hours each night. If you forget to wear them one night, you should still be able to see without correction. If you go three nights without wearing the contacts, you will need to wear your glasses or contacts during the day and start the process again.
Who Should Consider Ortho-K?
Anyone who doesn't want to rely on glasses or contacts during the day can benefit from ortho-k. If you are a poor candidate for LASIK, ortho-k is an excellent alternative. People will dry eye syndrome also benefit from ortho-k. Traditional contact lenses absorb moisture from your eyes, which will make the symptoms worse. Because ortho-k contacts are worn while you sleep, you will not need to worry about your eyes drying out.
Studies have shown ortho-k’s ability to slow the progression of myopia in children, preserving your child's vision for the future. Ortho-K lenses can last for one to two years. If you care for your contacts properly and you wear them as directed, you should be able to wear them for two years before needing a new pair.
Contact Our Optometrist in Torrance for Ortho-K Treatment
For more information on orthokeratology or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist, call Incredible Eye Care Optometry today at (310) 326-2881.