Contact lenses and glasses can hinder some of the children’s daily activities, especially for the children who spend the most time playing sports which makes orthokeratology a great solution. Besides, eye doctors usually do not recommend refractive surgeries until patients are at least 21 years old, and that is why this method of vision correction is becoming increasingly popular.
What Is It?
Orthokeratology is an innovative non-surgical procedure which can make the eye glasses or contact lenses for children and adults redundant. Patients wear the contact lenses during the night and in the morning they have crisp clear vision. The full treatment usually takes around two weeks, while most people notice considerable improvement after one or two nights.
First thing about opting for orthokeratology is determining the health of your eyes. The retina has to be thoroughly examined, including the outside of the eye. In addition, mapping of the cornea is very important. An instrument known as Topographer is used to this end, and the topography of the eyes shows the shape of cornea. Corneal mapping information and the cornea size are used for creating the retainer lenses, necessary for the orthokeratology effect. After picking up the lenses, the patient receives all the instructions on inserting, removing and maintaining the vision retainers.
Typically, the patient receives a scheduled appointment after the first night of use, and the eye doctor re-assesses the corrected vision and makes another mapping of the cornea. During the initial period, the eye doctor monitors corneal health and the treatment effectiveness. The retainer is sometimes modified to achieve the goal. Not wearing contact lenses provides a lot of freedom for children, as there is nothing to slow them down in their activities.see more details here!
How Does It Work?
Orthokeratology is a non surgical procedure that helps children and adults have clear vision without contact lenses or glasses. During the night, gas permeable contact lenses reshape the front surface of cornea which allows you to have a clear vision after removing the lenses. After orthokeratology you may want to do laser surgery, you can do that. Nevertheless, you will need to stop wearing the lenses and wait for certain period of time, as your cornea has to revert to its previous shape.see http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/n-s-man-warns-about-dangers-of-cosmetic-contact-lenses-1.2641917 for more info.
Orthokeratology is prescribed for two reasons:
To slow down the development of childhood myopia
To correct astigmatism, nearsightedness and sometimes hyperopia
However, the cost of the treatment vary significantly, but it can cost three times as much as regular contacts. The costs include follow-up care related to fitting the lenses, and depend on the type of ortho-k lenses (long-term myopia control with or without temporary correction of myopia), etc. Besides, there are additional costs related to replacement ortho-k lenses, follow-up care and lens care solutions. Orthokeratology is usually not included in vision care insurance plans, but it can be partially covered by some plans.
Also, as with all the contact lenses, there are certain risks related to possible side effects and complications of wearing orthokeratology lenses, so it would be wise to consult with your Henderson eye doctor about the details.