Ortho-K: A Non-Surgical Alternative to Glasses and Daytime Contacts
Gently reshaping the cornea to correct your vision while you sleep.
What is Ortho-K?
Ortho-K (short for orthokeratology) is a non-surgical process in which specially designed corneal retainer lenses gently shape the cornea of the eye while you sleep, correcting your vision so you can see clearly all day without glasses or daytime contacts!
Ortho-K is also known as gentle vision shaping, corneal reshaping, and corneal refractive therapy (CRT®)
See Clearly without Glasses, Surgery or Daytime Contacts
In this video, Dr. Jeff Broadhead explains Gentle Vision Shaping with iSee Ortho-K, how it works, and why Ortho-K is changing the way we deal with childhood and adolescent nearsightedness.
You'll also hear real-life experiences from some our patients.
Ortho-K is great for children, youth and adults who embrace an active lifestyle are looking for an alternative to Lasik.
Who is an ideal Ortho-K Candidate?
- Children and adolescents whose eyes get more nearsighted every year
- Children and adults who are active in sports
- Patients looking for an alternative to lasik surgery or are too young for lasik surgery
- Patients who have difficulties wearing traditional contacts because of dry eyes or allergies
Does Ortho-K work on all prescriptions?
Ortho-K works best on mild to moderate nearsightedness or astigmatism, and in some cases farsightedness. Certain prescriptions cannot be treated with corneal reshaping. Examination is required to determine candidacy. Individual results may vary.
Is Ortho-K good for people with active lifestyles?
Absolutely! Eyes eyes lead the body. Nowhere is this more important than when participating in sports. Glasses are a hindrance for many sports enthusiast, whether professional or recreational. Corneal Reshaping is an excellent option to eliminate the need for glasses or contacts during sports, especially for children and youth.
Can Ortho-K stop my child's eyes from getting worse every year?
Many parents are concerned when their children's nearsightedness keeps getting worse year after year. Eye doctors are concerned too!
Current research indicates that wearing glasses may actually contribute to the progression of myopia, while Corneal Reshaping to treat myopia can reduce the rate of progression by 47 to 60%.
We believe that all children with rapidly progressing myopia should be evaluated for Ortho-K or alternative "myopia control" methods.
Nearsightedness is reaching epidemic levels in some populations and is becoming more and more common in all populations. High levels of myopia (nearsightedness) carry increased risks for other eye diseases such as glaucoma and detached retinas, making the increase in the incidence and severity of myopia a significant concern.
Are age restrictions the same for Ortho-k as for Lasik?
No. Lasik is not performed on persons under age 21. Ortho-K has no age restrictions, and works well on children and adults.
I'm really careful with my eyes. Is Corneal Reshaping safe?
Ortho-K retainer lenses are made from FDA approved materials. Ortho-K is safe for children and adults and is an excellent alternative for children who are just becoming nearsighted. No adverse events were reported in FDA approval studies.
Ortho-K is safe, non-surgical, non-invasive and reversible. As with any lens worn on the eye, corneal infections are possible. Proper care, cleaning, handling and follow up help to reduce these risks. The risk of infection is similar to the risk of other FDA-approved overnight contact lenses.
I've never heard of Ortho-K. Is this new?
Attempts to reshape the cornea have been made since contacts were first invented. The original orthokeratology method involved wearing lenses during the day, every other day, and results varied greatly.
Impressive advances in materials science and manufacturing technology make modern Corneal Reshaping safe, predictable, and accurate.
These advances include safer, more breathable materials, better instruments for mapping and measuring the cornea, and impressive design and manufacturing techniques to create highly effective and customized corneal retainer designs.
Are the corneal retainers comfortable?
Corneal retainer lenses are well tolerated because they are worn while eyes are closed during sleep. While awake and blinking, some lens awareness is experienced.
What if I have dry eyes or allergies, can Ortho-K help me?
Dry eye syndrome is a major concern in a dry place like Utah. Many also suffer from allergies which can make it almost impossible to continue wearing daytime contact lenses.
Since corneal retainers are only worn at night while you sleep, in addition to clear vision, dry eye and allergy sufferers often are more comfortable in the daytime because they are free of irritation from daytime contacts.
How much does Ortho-K cost?
Our ortho-K program includes all professional visits for one year and two sets of retainer lenses. The cost of the program varies based on the complexity of the prescription. Full details are presented at the time of your free consultation. Payment plans are available. Flex Spending and Health Saving Accounts can also be used.
Does health or vision insurance cover this procedure?
As with Lasik, vision and health insurance treat Corneal Reshaping as cosmetic, therefore Corneal Reshaping therapy is not billed to insurance.
Easy Ways to Get Started
If you would like to know if you (or a family member) are a candidate for Ortho-K, here's how to get started:
1. Call us now at 801-676-2020 to schedule a FREE Consultation
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