What Common Vision Problems Can Ortho-K Contact Lenses Resolve?
Orthokeratology or Ortho-K uses special contact lenses to treat many different vision problems. At OrthoKPlus, our optometrist prescribes specialty contacts that are the opposite of traditional contacts. While traditional lenses are worn during the day and removed at night, the Ortho-K lenses are the opposite. You are able to see without the need for glasses or contact lenses while you are awake. Dr. Chism at OrthoK Plus in South Jordan will determine if Ortho-K lenses are right for you.
What Vision Problems Do Ortho-K Contacts Help?
The four vision problems that our eye doctor uses Ortho-K lenses to correct include:
- Hyperopia (farsightedness)
- Myopia (nearsightedness)
Ortho-K contacts have been most successful for patients that have myopia. Ortho-K lenses will have the best effect for patients with a low prescription. It may take just two to three nights for you to stop needing glasses or contacts during the day. For higher prescriptions, it may take up to two weeks for the maximum benefits.
What are Orthokeratology Contacts?
Orthokeratology refers to a class of gas-permeable contact lenses that are meant to be worn overnight. Also known as corneal refractive therapy, these specialty lenses reshape the surface of the eye in a safe but temporary way. This allows a patient to have normal vision during the day.
The best candidate for Ortho-K specialty contact lenses is someone with a prescription from +2.00 to -6.00. For patients with astigmatism, their prescription can be no higher than -1.75. Patients that suffer from dry eye symptoms are great candidates for these contact lenses as they are worn when you are asleep and your eyes are closed. This will not make your dry eye symptoms worse. For those that are poor candidates for LASIK due to an eye disease or a health condition, Ortho-K contacts could be a great treatment option.
How Long Do the Effects of Ortho-K Contacts Last?
When you wear these contacts at night, you should not need to wear glasses or contacts during the day. However, if you forget to wear your specialty lenses at night for a few nights, you will need to wear them for a few days before your eyes adjust again. Your specialty lenses can last two years with proper care, otherwise, you will need to replace them annually.
Learn More about Orthokeratology in South Jordan, UT
If you do not want to rely on eyeglasses or contact lenses any longer, schedule an appointment at OrthoK Plus to learn more about our specialty lenses. We will perform a thorough eye exam to make sure that you are a good candidate for Ortho-K lenses. Call our team today at 801-890-2601 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.