Orthokeratology, or ortho-k, involves the use of specially designed contact lenses that temporarily reshape the contour of the cornea to reduce nearsightedness or myopia. It’s often recommended for low to mild nearsightedness and can be used to treat children as young as eight to 12 years old.
In this post, your local optometrist at Alderwood Optical & Canyon Park Vision Clinic discusses how ortho-k works and shares some insights to help you decide if it’s the right treatment for your child.
Ortho-K and Myopia Control
Generally, ortho-k can be effective among children, adolescents and adults. However, experts have observed the best success in people under 40.
People with dry eye syndrome, a large pupil size or severe myopia are typically not good candidates for the treatment. That’s why there’s a screening process in which your eye doctor will check you for dry eye syndrome. From there, they will offer you a tailored recommendation based on the condition and needs of your eyes.
Ortho-K and Sports
If your child is active or athletic, they would definitely benefit from the lens-free daytime vision that ortho-k can provide. They can play or participate in activities without wearing or worrying about their eyeglasses or contacts.
Alderwood Optical & Canyon Park Vision Clinic provides top-notch optical care to every patient. We ensure precise vision correction and personalized care management, so you can count on us to meet your needs in every step of the way. Call us at (425) 771-8472 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Bothell, WA, and the surrounding areas.