Orthokeratology for Kids Suffering from Myopia
Is your child stuck wearing glasses or contact lenses? Is the prescription getting worse and worse faster than you can keep up?
What is orthokeratology?
Orthokeratology, or “Ortho-K,” is an overnight process to correct vision, leaving you glasses and contacts free during the day. Along with the convenience of not having to wear glasses or contacts during the day, Ortho-K is also PROVEN to slow down or even halt the progression of myopia.
Commonly known as Ortho-K, this process is a revolutionary method for giving crisp and clear vision without wearing eyeglasses or contacts during the day. Even if you’ve worn prescription eyewear for years, Ortho-K will allow you to leave your eyeglasses at home and still enjoy quality vision throughout the day.
No magic or surgical procedure is involved – just a gentle reshaping of your cornea that occurs while you’re deep in sleep.
Upon awakening, you’ll see for yourself that Ortho-K is really a dream come true!
Are you interested in learning more about vision shaping with Ortho-K? Contact us at Antoine Eye Care in St. Louis, Missouri. Our professional eye doctors are skilled and experienced at fitting patients with these popular lenses, and we’ll be happy to meet with you to discuss whether vision shaping is a good option for you.
How does orthokeratology work?
Specialized gas permeable contact lenses are inserted prior to bedtime and worn while you sleep. During your dozing hours, the lenses act to gently reshape your cornea and correct refractive error. This will temporarily resolve your myopia (nearsightedness) for approximately one to two days, which is why the lenses must be worn every night.
Does Ortho-K have any side effects?
In the beginning, you may be bothered by halos around lights or glare, yet these minor side effects usually disappear within a few weeks. As for discomfort, many people worry that Ortho-K lenses will be uncomfortable, since they are hard, gas permeable contacts. Yet Ortho-K lenses are worn while sleeping and most people don’t even sense that they’re there! Vision shaping is a painless process.
At our St. Louis, Missouri Ortho-K clinic, patients undergo a full Ortho-K assessment before any fitting is made. Our Ortho-K specialists will assess the health of your eye, your exact corrective prescription, and whether or not you are a good candidate.
Once you have been approved and assessed, the Ortho-K process works more or less in three stages:
The Ortho-K Fitting
The uses advanced technology to map out your specific corneal topography in order to get the exact custom shape of the lenses required to best match your eyes.
Diagnostic Shaping Lens Trial
After the initial fitting, patients will be provided with detailed instruction on how to insert, remove, and care for the Ortho-K lenses. After a few brief intervals, Our Myopia Management optometrist will perform check-ups to evaluate changes in refraction and corneal topography. We will also verify that the lenses continue to fit properly and effectively. Minor adjustments will be made where required.
Long-Term Ortho-K Treatment
Once we have established that the initial fitting is successful, you will be required to occasionally have the progress of the Ortho-K assessed with an occasional long-term checkup. Any minor changes or adjustments can be made in order to ensure maximal comfort and success.
Myopia Control for Adults
Who is Ortho-K for?
Our knowledgeable optometrists in St. Louis, MO will examine and evaluate your eyes to determine candidacy. If your vision condition is a good match for the benefits of Ortho-K, then you’ll be fit with vision shaping lenses. As the effects of Ortho-K are not permanent, people of any age are usually eligible for the procedure.
Vision shaping is typically effective for all people with healthy eyes who have mild to moderate nearsightedness. The milder your vision prescription, the better the results from Ortho-K. Studies have shown that more than 65% of the individuals who tried orthokeratology reached 20/20 vision due to vision shaping.
An incredible 90% of people who wore Ortho-K were able to see with 20/40 vision (the legal requirement for driving without vision correction in many states)!
Even if you’re not a good candidate for LASIK or other laser procedures, you will likely enjoy success with orthokeratology. In particular, sports enthusiasts are great fans of Ortho-K, as well as people who live or work in dusty, dry environments that aren’t conducive to comfortable contact lens wearing. It’s the latest, most convenient way to see clearly.
Can you have LASIK after trying Ortho-K?
Yes, as long as you wait long enough. You’ll need to give your eyes time to return and stabilize in their original, natural shape.
It’s critical to inform your LASIK eye surgeon if you’ve worn Ortho-K lenses, so you can be instructed on the optimal time to wait before scheduling your laser surgery.
At present, there are two types of lenses that are FDA-approved and available in our St. Louis, Missouri office: Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT), by Paragon Vision Sciences, and Vision Shaping Treatment (VST), by Bausch & Lomb. We’ll fit you with the best Ortho-K lenses for your personal vision condition.
Myopia Control for Children
Benefits of Ortho-K for Kids
Myopia, always common in children, is an increasing problem. The number of kids who are nearsighted has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. The reason for this remains blurry, yet one possible culprit is the increased amount of time kids spend indoors gazing at digital screens, with limited exposure to natural light. Many parents are alarmed by their child’s need for a new vision prescription yearly, and parents and kids are disturbed by the increasing thickness of their eyeglass lenses.
Ortho-k offers an efficient way to slow, or possibly stop, the continued progression of nearsightedness in kids. In case you’re wondering why surgery isn’t a better option, keep in mind that laser procedures, such as LASIK, are not suitable for young children. As studies have demonstrated that orthokeratology is safe for all ages, it is currently regarded as the ideal option for myopia control in kids.
Additionally, ortho-k for kids also grants freedom to children who don’t want to be bothered by inconvenient eyewear. Frames are always falling off or being left behind, and replacement eyeglasses or repairs can run very high fees for parents. Ortho-k lenses are only worn in bed, so there’s virtually no risk of kids losing or damaging them. Regular contact lenses are often a poor choice for kids who spend a lot of their days in dusty, dirty playfields, and/or who are not able to commit to sterilizing contacts regularly.
Which Kids are Good Candidates for Ortho-K?
Any nearsighted child with healthy eyes is a possible candidate for orthokeratology.
Regular eye exams with visual acuity testing are a necessary part of proper kids’ eye care.
If your child has myopia and their vision prescription continually increases at each eye exam, ortho-k may be a good option.
Our doctor will evaluate your child’s vision and ocular condition to determine candidacy. Please contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss orthokeratology.
Being Active with Ortho-k: Clear Vision Without Eyewear for Athletes
Athletes know that sharp eyesight is as critical to sports performance as agility, strength and quick reflexes. If you play sports and require vision correction, you likely have prescription eyewear to resolve your visual problem, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. However, standard eyeglasses or contact lenses are not the best option if you want to excel in the sports arena. At our Antoine Eye Care clinic, we advise many of our active patients to consider orthokeratology (ortho-k) as an alternative method of vision correction – instead of eyeglasses or daytime contacts.