What is Orthokeratology?
We offer orthokeratology, also known as ortho-k, for patients who wish to go without contact lenses or eyeglasses during the day, or who desire a non-surgical alternative to LASIK.
Orthokeratology is the process of fitting specially designed, FDA-approved, gas-permeable contact lenses to the eyes to gently assist in reshaping the cornea. People undergoing orthokeratology treatment will wear special contact lenses at night while they sleep. Then upon waking, they can enjoy clear vision during the day without the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
What are the Benefits of Orthokeratology?
Orthokeratology is ideal for people who no longer wish to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses during the day, and do not want to undergo laser vision correction surgery.
Athletes, for instance, appreciate freedom from the daytime use of eyeglasses and contact lenses so that they can train and engage in their sport.
Orthokeratology will correct vision for near and far tasks, such as watching TV or reading a book, without the need for daytime use of eyeglasses or contact lenses.
While orthokeratology benefits people of all ages with myopia, otherwise known as nearsightedness, children ages 8-12 with progressive myopia (nearsightedness which gets worse every year) may especially benefit from orthokeratology. Children with progressive myopia are at higher risk for developing eye health problems later in life such as cataracts, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and glaucoma. Orthokeratology can help to slow or stop the progression of myopia. At Walter Eye Clinic, we use safe and effective MiSight®1 Day contact lenses. Kids ages 8-12 wearing MiSight® 1-day contact lenses experienced an average of 59 percent reduction of myopia progression when used over three years.
Learn More About Orthokeratology
To ensure a safe procedure performed with high-quality lenses, it is important to seek orthokeratology from a reputable practitioner, like the doctors at our Tinley Park office. Our doctors carefully evaluate and fit patients for orthokeratology, taking into consideration their individual eye health concerns.
To learn more about orthokeratology, book an appointment at our Tinley Park eye care center for a comprehensive eye exam. Ask about orthokeratology and our doctors can help you determine if it may be a good choice for you.