Exciting Option in Correcting Nearsightedness--
you can wear special contact lenses at night
and see without
contacts or glasses during the day!
(myopic) patients now have the option to eliminate their need for glasses and
contacts during the day--without having to go through surgery!
This exciting option in vision care is available through
special myopic reduction contacts that are worn while you
process is simple. Called orthokeratology, or Ortho-K for short,
patients put in special contacts when they go to bed. During the night the lens
gently reshapes the curvature of their eyes so that in the morning
when they remove the lens they can see clearly! No
wonder everyone is excited--clear, natural vision all day long without
glasses, contacts, or laser surgery!
process is safe, comfortable, and convenient. Years of
research and testing has gone into the development of this new
technology. Here's how Ortho-K works:
doctors trained in the use of Ortho-K must first see the patient to
"map" their eyes. Using a highly sophisticated
computer, the doctor records a topographic image of the surface of the
patient's eyes and then prescribes specially designed lenses that fit
their unique and individual shape. The lenses are worn during the
night while the patient sleeps, gently changing the shape of the
cornea-- the clear, soft outer layer on the front of the eye.
cornea is where light first enters the eye and is responsible for
bending light rays so that they focus at the back of the eye on the
retina for clear vision. The cornea of a nearsighted
patient, however, bends the light too much so that the image is
focused in front of the retina, making distance vision blurry.
contacts correct the problem by gently reshaping the surface
of the cornea so that light bends correctly. The cornea is very
elastic and molds easily. It doesn't hurt and the whole process
happens while the patient is asleep. The next morning when the patient
removes the contact lens, he or she can see clearly and will be able
to keep their clear vision all day!
offers patients the convenience they've been looking for. No
more glasses, no more glare. No more lost or torn contact lenses
or the discomfort of dry eyes. No more worrying about dust and
dirt on windy days or on the ball field. No more hunting
for your glasses before you can drive to the store. Patients now
see clearly all the time with none of the hassles. Great vision
24 hours a day--without the lenses in the daytime and with them if
they wake up during the night.
Ortho-K lenses have been approved for patients of all ages--even children
and teenagers. No more lost contacts on the basketball court!
another important advantage of Ortho-K: the process is reversible.
You can stop the therapy at any time without permanently changing your
eyes. Once you quit wearing the lenses, your eyes will return to
their original shape in as little as 72 hours. The fact that Ortho-K
is reversible is important because our eyes change as we get older.
After forty, we gradually lose the ability to focus up close.
Older patients who have had their distance vision corrected by laser
surgery are soon forced to wear full-time reading glasses for all near
work. The permanent laser distance correction makes it too hard
to work up close. Ortho-K, on the other hand, gives patients the
flexibility to avoid this. They can stop wearing the lenses
altogether or they can decide to correct their distance vision less in
order to keep things more clear at near. Ortho-K allows patients to
have the ultimate control and flexibility that laser surgery takes
of all, Ortho-K costs much less than laser surgery. LASIK can be
expensive, and many patients have to go back later for an enhancement
surgery. Ortho-K removes the financial stumbling block to clear,
natural vision by offering an affordable option.
If you are interested in finding out more, please call our
office at 666-5431. We'd love to give you more information about
this exciting technology.