What is Ortho-K? How Does it Work? By Jeff Broadhead O.D. on November 25, 2021

What is Ortho-K?

Ortho-K is a non-surgical alternative to Lasik which corrects vision while you sleep.  Ortho-K can treat myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism, and some cases of farsightedness. 

Progressive Eye Care in South Jordan is one of the highest-volume Ortho-K providers in Utah.  Drs. Jeff Broadhead and Mike Chism have years of experience using multiple Ortho-K lens designs such as iSee, CRT, Dreamlens, and Forge.  Each has distinct advantages depending on the type of correction needed. 

(Word Trivia:  Orthodontics means "straight teeth."  Orthokeratology (or Ortho-k for short) means "straight or alighted cornea.") 

We often refer to the Ortho-K lenses as "retainer lenses."  Just like a nightly dental retainer keeps your teeth straight after braces lined them up right, Ortho-k retainer lenses are also used nightly to keep the cornea in just the right shape to help you see!

How Does Ortho-K Work?

Retainer lenses are made of super-breathable materials that are safe for overnight wear.  Inserted at bedtime, the lenses gently shape the front of the eye (the cornea) unto just the right curvature to focus light clearly.  The retainer lenses are removed in the morning, leaving the wearer with clear vision all day.  Since the results are non-permanent, the lenses are worn every night to keep the cornea in just the right shape.  

Who Can Do Ortho-K? 

Unlike Lasik, Ortho-K is approved for children, youth, and adults ... no age limit! 

Ortho-K is great for children and adults who are active and who would like to be free of glasses and daytime contact lenses.  Some adults who are wary of Lasik prefer Ortho-K because it's effects are reversible.  

How Can I Find Out if Ortho-K Will Work for Me or My Child?  

Not everyone is a candidate, since there has to be a great match between a person's prescription and the shape of the cornea.  The best way to find out if Ortho-k will work for you is to schedule a FREE Ortho-k consultation.  You can request your consultation by clicking here.

For additional information about Ortho-k click here.  


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Progressive Eye Care

Dr. Jeffrey Broadhead and his team of eye care professionals provide comprehensive treatments to improve the vision of patients from our offices in South Jordan, UT. Our doctors are members of professional associations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology,
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Optometric Association
  • Utah Optometric Association
  • Orthokeratology Academy of America

To schedule an appointment at our South Jordan optometry practice, you can contact us online or give us a call at (801) 676-2020.

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