Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a very common refractive error. One out of two people has myopia, which means that around 50 percent of the population has trouble seeing objects at a distance without correction. Studies have shown that myopia is becoming more common among children. Although myopia cannot be reversed, orthokeratology, also known as ortho-k, helps slow the progression of this refractive error in children to protect their vision in the future. The main goal is to keep a child's myopia from worsening to prevent him or her from requiring a strong prescription in adulthood. Our team at OrthoK Plus will work with your child to provide the tests and treatment they need to maintain their vision and eye health.
Ortho-k is a special kind of contact lens. These lenses are prescribed to control myopia in children. Ortho-k lenses are worn at night. While your child is sleeping, the contacts will reshape their corneas. When your child wakes up and the contacts are removed, their vision will be corrected, making it unnecessary for glasses or contacts to be worn. However, ortho-k lenses need to be worn every night for them to be effective in helping your child see and slow the progression of myopia.
If your child shows signs of myopia at an early age, our eye doctor in South Jordan can help. We can work with your child to find the best way to slow the progression of their myopia and preserve their vision. Myopia control now can help reduce your child's risk of developing vision-threatening complications associated with high myopia later in life, including glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment, and even blindness. To make an appointment for your child or to learn more about the benefits of ortho-k, contact the team at OrthoK Plus today.