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Understanding Ortho-K

Ortho-K, or Orthokeratology, is a non-surgical procedure that corrects children’s vision and reduces their reliance on glasses or contact lenses. It works overnight while your child sleeps, using specially designed gas-permeable contact lenses to gently reshape the cornea–like braces for the eyes. Upon waking, the child removes the lenses, enjoying clear vision for the day.

Offering a great alternative to LASIK, Ortho-K provides 36 hours of full vision correction if worn every night as prescribed. It is one of the most common vision correction methods for teenagers and pre-teens in our practice.

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Benefits and results

“A young boy once came in and happily announced to everyone in the waiting room that he wouldn’t have to wear his glasses to school that day. It meant a lot to him as he was the only child in his class wearing glasses.” – Michael Kotow, Optometrist

Ortho-K offers a range of benefits, including the potential to slow down the progression of myopia without the need for surgery and to prevent your prescription from increasing over time. It is suitable for most individuals, providing freedom from constant corrective lens wear and eliminating concerns about broken or lost glasses or contact lenses. Additionally, it fosters a more positive attitude toward vision, and the procedure is entirely reversible.

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Candidates for Ortho-K

Is Ortho-K suitable for your child? For some children, it can be life-changing on physical, social and emotional levels. While we primarily prescribe Ortho-K to correct and slow the progression of myopia, it can also be effective for children with hyperopia and astigmatism.

Your child is an ideal candidate for Ortho-K if they otherwise have good eye health and prefer not to wear glasses or contact lenses throughout the day or if wearing them poses difficulties. It can be particularly beneficial for children involved in sports or activities where glasses can be cumbersome or restrictive.

Expert, safe care for young eyes

Ortho-K lenses are safer than standard lenses since they require fewer hours of wear per week. Like all contact lenses, there is a small risk of infection, so avoid use if the eyes are red, irritated or painful. At Ian Donald Optometrist, we prioritise your child’s long-term eye health and comfort. Your child could achieve excellent vision with Ortho-K after just one or two overnight treatments. Reach out to a friendly member of our team to learn more.

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