Orthokeratology: What is it & How It Pertains to Pediatric Eye Care

At Lickteig Family Eye Care, we care about your vision health. If you are suffering from myopia, also known as nearsightedness, there are ways of correcting this. One of these options is orthokeratology, or ortho-k. Ortho-k is a specially designed refraction correction method that is an alternative to daily eyeglass and contact lens wear. Ortho-k is often recommended as a part of pediatric eye care. If you’re living in Medford, or Natick, we are ready to help you correct your vision through orthokeratology.

What is Orthokeratology?

Ortho-k is a surgery-free way to correct near-sightedness. Our eye doctor will map the curve of your cornea using corneal topography. With these measurements, our eye doctor will design special contact lenses for your eyes specifically. The purpose of these contact lenses is to reshape the cornea over time, improving your vision and eliminating your need for glasses or contacts. Ortho-k lenses are worn at night to reshape the front surface of the eye. In the morning, the lenses are taken out, allowing you to see clearly without corrective aids. It may take two weeks or longer to gain maximum vision correction depending on your prescription and the severity of your condition.

Why Orthokeratology?

If you are tired of wearing contacts and glasses every day but are unable to qualify for LASIK or other corrective surgery, you may be an excellent candidate for ortho-k. If you qualify for these lenses, all you need to do is wear the lenses nightly to maintain clear vision throughout the day.

You should also keep in mind that this option can be temporary. If the lenses begin disturbing your sleep or otherwise negatively impacting your quality of life, you can go back to wearing glasses or contact lenses at any time. Orthokeratology is an attractive option for children, as their vision is still changing. People who have mild to moderate myopia and those who play contact sports will also benefit from this method of vision correction.

Call for a Consultation Today

At Lickteig Family Eye Care, we have years of experience providing residents of Medford, and Natick with reliable optometry services. Whether you’re looking for adult or pediatric eye care, we are ready to assist you. For more information on orthokeratology or to schedule an appointment, call us or request an appointment online.