Orthokeratology is the use of specially designed gas permeable contact lenses which flattens the cornea, removing the curvature which causes the defect in vision. The cornea is the front transparent part of the eye. These lenses help in correcting the vision of those suffering from myopia or shortsightedness.
These lenses are to be worn overnight while you sleep and have to be removed in the morning. The remolding of the cornea takes place while one wears the lenses. After removing the lenses, an individual has a clear vision and his eye-sight is considerably improved. This effect is pronounced throughout the day and one doesn’t need glasses or lens to see anymore. The effect might last for two days as well if using it under proper care.
A very important thing to keep in mind is that Orthokeratology is a temporary treatment. The effect does not last for long and one has to wear the lenses on a regular basis to ensure a clear and healthy vision.
Orthokeratology has a lot of advantages over other conventional treatments.
Orthokeratology is approved by FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and being non-surgical in nature, makes it a favorite amongst the common people these days. It has a lot of advantages over other conventional treatment methods.
When Do I Expect to See the Change?
In most cases, change can be seen after a few days of wearing lenses. In some cases, depending on the eye conditions and problems, the improvement in vision might take some time. Optimum vision can be achieved only in 4-6 months with proper treatment. However, this treatment might not work for all and a small percentage of people might not show significant signs of improvement during the course of treatment. But, this differs on a person to person basis!
Orthokeratology for Myopic Children
Some recent studies show that orthokeratology might slow down or control the progress of myopia in children, though there are still no solid scientific studies to back this claim.
Cost of Treatment
The cost of treatment varies from doctor to doctor. On an average, the treatment can cost you 20-25 thousand a year including the follow-up cost. Initially one has to consult a doctor on a regular basis to get the exact eye power. In the later stages, the frequency of the visits is reduced from three to six months.
If you wish to opt for orthokeratology consults your nearby optometrist and get the perfect lenses. These lenses might be the thing you were waiting for to get rid of your glasses.
Site last updated: 18. July 2018
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