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Ortho-K Q&A:

Orthokeratology (ortho-k) is the fitting of specially designed gas permeable contact lenses that you wear overnight. While you are asleep, the lenses gently reshape the front surface of your eye (cornea) so you can see clearly the following day after you remove the lenses when you wake up.
In order to prescribe Ortho-K, Dr. Ngo must perform a series of key tests. The most important step is to determine the health of your eyes. Dr. Ngo will examine your retina, your cornea, and the overall structure of your eye.
Orthokeratology can produce results in a surprisingly short period of time, and is usually prescribed to:● Correct refractive errors (primarily nearsightedness, but also astigmatism and hyperopia). ● Slow the progression of childhood myopia.

Is it possible to stop the progression of nearsightedness using ortho-k? The answer is no, you can’t stop the progression of nearsightedness using ortho-k. However, ortho-k can help to slow down the progression of nearsightedness. Nearsightedness is caused by multiple contributing factors. You can be born with a certain shape of your eyes that can lead to nearsighted condition. Nearsightedness can progress through puberty, how you use your eyes, and the prolonged near work activities.
Ortho-k can really help to stabilize nearsighted changes when it is used as soon as signs of nearsighted progressions are noted. Ask your doctor about ortho-k if you see a dramatic change in your vision.

Is ortho k only for children?No ortho k is NOT only for children. Anyone who is nearsighted can benefit from ortho-k. There are restrictions and limitations to consider. But children with high prescription nearsightedness do benefit the MOST from ortho-k.
This is because ortho-k helps to slow down their nearsighted changes during a critical time in their growth period. Parents should consider ortho-k for their children if they are nearsighted.

What are the benefits of using ortho k? There are many benefits to using ortho k. One of the most popular is to get people out of glasses or contact lenses during the day. People who are into contact sports, swimmers, dancers, gymnasts, and many other activities; especially if they consider glasses cumbersome, or they can’t wear soft contact lenses for certain activities.

Secondly, getting people out of heavy glasses can sometimes help with their self-esteem.
However, the most critical reason is for their eye health.Ortho-k helps to slow down the progression of nearsightedness and prevent the development of Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, and the deterioration of night vision. These conditions alone are reasons enough to get started on ortho-k.

How do I know I’m a good candidate for ortho k?In order to answer this question, you will need to see your eye doctor, or seek an ortho-k eye specialist. Ortho-k is used to correct a wide range of nearsighted prescriptions. The age ranges from children who are about to start pre-school to adults who are 40 years old.
Of course, this is just an estimation. However, there are restrictions and limitations to how high your nearsightedness and astigmatism ortho-k can correct. This is why it is imperative to see an ortho-k specialist to determine if you are a candidate.