Patients with myopia (nearsightedness) have a treatment option that could free them from having to wear glasses or contacts during the day and still have clear vision. Ortho-K treatment is short for orthokeratology treatment and is customized to each patient.
Ortho-K technology is not new, though. It has been around since the 1940s. Doctors discovered that rigid contact lenses could temporarily reshape the cornea and improve vision. Advancements have been made in this technology since the 1990s, leading to customized vision correction using gas permeable lenses and computerized corneal topography software.
Ortho-K lenses are worn during sleep to reshape the cornea and removed in the morning. Patients with astigmatism, hyperopia, or myopia are able to enjoy an entire day of clear vision without having to deal with glasses or daily wear contacts.
Myopia is a more prevalent problem than ever on a global scale. Up to 5 billion people are expected to be affected by myopia by the year 2050. Increased screen time and decreased outdoor time are big factors in decreasing vision.
Orthokeratology is a promising treatment to slow the progression of myopia in children and is expected to be more popular in the future.
Patel Vision Group can prescribe Ortho-K lenses in Central Valley and the greater Sacramento area, California.