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Do you have a child or grandchild who is nearsighted or myopic? Are they between the ages of 6 and 18? Do their prescriptions keep getting progressively worse every visit to the eye doctor? If so Ortho K could be for them!

Ortho K (short for orthokeratology) is a non-surgical procedure using specially designed contact lenses that act as a retainer, to gently reshape the curvature of the eye overnight. You insert the lenses each night before bed and the lenses gently change the curvature of the cornea while you sleep. Upon wakening, you remove the contacts and your vision is clear without glasses or contacts for the remainder of the day. Each night the process is repeated.

Depending on the strength of your prescription, your doctor will design the Ortho K lens mold to obtain the change needed to achieve clear vision. The best candidates for Ortho K are kids with prescriptions ranging from -0.50D up to -6.00D and with no greater than -1.75D of astigmatism. The elastic tissue of the eye is not harmed by this daily process. Perhaps an analogy that most of us have seen would be the ridges formed on the ankles by a snug-fitting pair of socks. The ridges eventually go away and the tissue remains healthy. Ortho K is reversible. It is not a permanent alteration of tissue.

One of the great advantages of Ortho K is that it is one of the most effective myopia control methods that are available to slow down myopic progression in children. The more myopic your child becomes the more at risk they will be later in life for retinal detachments, glaucoma, posterior subcapsular cataracts, and myopic maculopathy (similar disease process to macular degeneration). To put it another way, slowing myopic progression by 1 diopter reduces the risk of myopic maculopathy by 40%!

In addition to the many ocular health benefits to keeping your children or grandchildren’s myopia from progressing, Ortho K also offers convenience to those kids who do sports or who do not like wearing regular contact lenses or spectacles.

If this sounds like something that you and your child would be interested in, please contact the doctors at Family Eyecare Center for a consultation appointment.