Orthokeratology, also known as ortho-k is a non-invasive vision correction method that doesn’t rely on traditional eyeglasses or contact lenses. With this revolutionary non-surgical procedure, you’ll enjoy clear, sharp, natural vision throughout the day.
Alderwood Optical, an optical care clinic, explains how ortho-k works.
What Is Ortho-K?
Your cornea is the outermost part of your eye, responsible for controlling and refracting light rays that enter your eye. Any irregularity in its shape can affect your vision, leading to myopia (nearsightedness) or other refractive errors. Ortho-K, one of the biggest breakthroughs in correcting corneal-related vision problems, is a non-surgical way of managing refractive errors. It involves specially designed gas-permeable lenses that gently reshape the cornea. Simply wear the lenses overnight and enjoy clear vision the next day.
Who Can Benefit From Ortho-K?
People with mild to moderate myopia can benefit from ortho-k. Your eye doctor explains that since the effect of this therapy is temporary, patients can still undergo LASIK or return to traditional corrective eyewear later on if they choose. Ortho-K is safe for both children and adults that aren’t good candidates for LASIK or other refractive surgeries.
Is Ortho-K Effective?
Eye care specialists aim for 20/20 vision through ortho-k, but 20/40 vision is also an acceptable outcome. This is the legal minimum for driving for most parts of the country. In a recent clinical study, about 67% of patients achieved 20/20 vision or better after this corneal reshaping therapy.
Turn to Alderwood Optical for orthokeratology and other eye care services. Our optometrist can also help you choose the perfect eyeglasses and contact lenses. Call us today at (425) 771-8472 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Bothell, WA.