ORTHO K LENSES

Ortho K contacts are a great way to fix vision issues such as shortsightedness (myopia) and other vision issues such as farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism and even presbyopia (farsightedness for the elderly).

What is Orthokeratology, also known as Ortho K?

It is a specially designed RGP contact lens (Rigid Gas Permeable) that you wear at night to reshape the curvature of the cornea while you’re sleeping.Then you take it off while you go about your day and put it on again when you go to sleep.

It is a non-surgical procedure and great alternative to glasses and LASIK. It has also been shown to slow down the deterioration of your vision.

Who Can Wear Ortho K Lenses?

Ortho K lens

We at Optikos recommend Ortho K for those with low to mild near-sightedness (-4 diopters or less). It is primarily used for the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism and helps eliminate their dependence on single-vision glasses or daytime contact lenses. It is especially beneficial to children and teenagers whose vision is changing or who are too young for LASIK or other vision correction surgery.

 

Particularly appealing to those who are active in sports, we also recommend Ortho K for busy individuals whose work or daily activities constantly exposes them to dirty environments that can make wearing contact lenses highly uncomfortable.

Contact us at 213-386-0001 or optikosoptometry@gmail.com to see if you’re a good candidate for Ortho K.

How effective is Orthokeratology?

Our experience shows that our patients don’t need their glasses within the first day or two of wearing the lenses. Recent studies also show that orthokeratology proves to be highly effective in slowing down myopic progression in children by 36-56%. The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests, in a 2018 report, that Ortho K has a greater effect as a treatment for myopia in children and adolescents when initiated at an earlier age (6-8 years old).

 

Myopia diagram

What are Ortho K lenses made of?

Ortho K lenses are specialized contact lenses made of FDA approved materials—rigid gas permeable (RGP)—which gently reshapes the cornea towards a spherical shape and can be worn while sleeping.

How long can Ortho K lenses last?

With proper care, ortho k contacts can last up to three years and should be replaced as your prescription changes.

Benefits of Using Ortho K

Most people including children and adults are good candidates for Ortho K. Here are some of the proven benefits of wearing orthokeratology lenses:

  • non-surgical vision correction that is safe and reversible
  • can prevent a child’s myopia from getting worse
  • can free a person from glasses or daytime contact lenses
  • can be worn while sleeping
  • easy lens care, even for children
  • can eliminate the need to replace eyeglasses yearly
  • better, clearer vision than with eyeglasses

comprehensive eye exam

Optikos Optometry and Ortho K

 

A comprehensive eye exam will be necessary. During your consultation, the overall health of your eyes, vision and corneal shape will be assessed to determine if your eye are suitable.

 

Our optometrists at Optikos Optometry specialize in Ortho K and have been fitting Ortho K for many years. Schedule a consult with us or contact us at 213-386-0001 or optikosoptometry@gmail.com to get started.