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Orthokeratology specialist services

Orthokeratology specialist services or Ortho-K are available at Ian Donald Optometry. Our professional and qualified team gives your child the best eye care using the latest technology and vision correction techniques. Technological advancements continuously redefine how we address vision issues, particularly in children. Among these innovations, orthokeratology (ortho-k) stands out as a game-changer in correcting refractive errors and managing myopia. This non-surgical procedure involves using specially designed rigid gas-permeable contact lenses during the evening to reshape the cornea, providing clear vision during the day without the need for glasses or daytime contact lenses.

How Ortho-K helps your child

Orthokeratology has gained significant attention in recent years, especially as myopia rates soar globally, particularly among children. Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common refractive error where distant objects appear blurry, and its prevalence is rising, especially in urban areas where children spend more time indoors and engage in near-work activities like studying or screen time.

Ortho-K has shown promising results in slowing down myopia progression in children. By gently reshaping the cornea, the specialised lenses help redistribute the peripheral light rays, which may help reduce the elongation of the eyeball, a critical factor in myopia progression.

One of the primary reasons parents consider ortho-k for their children is the promise of clear vision without the hassle of glasses or daytime contact lenses. This is particularly advantageous for children participating in sports or other activities where glasses can be cumbersome or hazardous.

Ortho-K makes life a little easier

Children can be notoriously non-compliant with wearing glasses or contact lenses during the day.

Orthokeratology offers a convenient solution as the lenses are worn overnight while sleeping, eliminating the need for daytime correction and ensuring consistent wear.

For some children, we also know that wearing glasses can impact self-esteem and social interactions, especially for adolescents. Ortho-k provides a discreet alternative, allowing children to enjoy clear vision without the visible presence of glasses.  Every child’s eyes are unique, and ortho-k allows for customised treatment plans tailored to their specific needs.


Ian Donald Optometrist, will conduct a comprehensive eye exam and corneal topography to determine your child’s ideal lens design and fit.


Ortho-K helps reduce the risk of eye disease

Myopia isn’t just a vision issue; it’s also associated with an increased risk of developing severe eye conditions like retinal detachment, glaucoma, and macular degeneration later in life. By slowing down myopia progression, ortho-K may help reduce the risk of these sight-threatening conditions. Like any vision correction treatment, regular monitoring and follow-up with your optometrist are crucial to ensure the effectiveness and safety of orthokeratology. Ian Donald Optometrist schedules routine check-ups to assess your child’s progress and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.

It’s important to note that while orthokeratology offers numerous benefits, it may only be suitable for some children. Ian Donald, Optometrist, carefully evaluates corneal health, prescription strength, and lifestyle habits to determine candidacy for ortho-k.

To find out more about Ortho-K and your child’s suitability, Contact Ian Donald, Optometrist, for a friendly and professional consultation.

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