Ortho-K (Orthokeratology) contact lenses offer a non-surgical solution to vision problems that allow the user to avoid wearing lenses during the day, while still experiencing vision correction. Orthokeratology lenses are significantly different from any other type of contact lens in that they correct your eye’s vision problems overnight, and are taken out during the day for clean, clear vision.
How does Ortho-K Work?
Ortho-K lenses work by reshaping your eye’s curvature overnight, pushing the eye back to it’s original shape. They are taken out during the mornings, and your eye sight will be normal throughout the day due to the reshaping process. While the reshaping process has been proven to be effective, it is not a long term solution, and nightly wear of Ortho-K lenses is required to reap the benefits of better vision. Not wearing Ortho-K lenses for a single night will allow your eyes to reform back to their original state, and your previous clear state of vision will wear off as this happens. Orthokeratology lenses are gas permeable, manufactured exclusively for overnight wearing.
Should I Consider Orthokeratology?
Ortho-K is not for everyone. Ortho-K is popular for people who want to experience similar results to Lasik without the need for surgery. While Ortho-K is more affordable than Lasik surgery, it can still be very expensive, typically costing more than $700 for each eye, and unlike traditional contacts, may require multiple doctor visits for fittings and measurements. Ortho-K does avoid some of the common side-effects people experience after Lasik surgery, most importantly avoiding dry-eye complications. Ortho-K is only available for people who suffer from Myopia, or minor Astigmatism.
What to Expect from Ortho-K
Typically Ortho-K takes a week to fully take effect. While most have no problem with comfort, some may feel a small bit of discomfort with wearing the gas permeable lens at night. Some people may experience glare with Ortho-K lenses, and while this may lessen over time, it won’t always go away permanently. While Ortho-K is very effective at correcting vision, it’s not typical to experience 20/20 vision correction with Ortho-K usage.