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How Ortho-K Improves Your Vision While You Sleep

Nearly 40% of the world’s population has difficulty seeing clearly from a distance. Thankfully, this condition, also known as nearsightedness or myopia, is treatable. If you’d like to see more clearly without the hassle of thick glasses, daily contacts, or surgery, orthokeratology (ortho-k) contacts may be just what the doctor ordered. This less invasive option literally reshapes your eyes while you sleep.

Our team at Classic Vision Care, located in Marietta and Kennesaw, Georgia, takes time to create individual treatment plans for our patients. To find out if ortho-k is ideal for you, call our office or book an appointment through our website. Read on to learn about this revolutionary treatment.

How Ortho-k works

Ortho-k reshapes the cornea to correct mild-to-moderate nearsightedness. Once you’re determined to be a good candidate, we measure your eyes and outfit you with custom gas-permeable contact lenses to wear overnight. You simply place the FDA-approved lenses on your eyes before bed and remove them in the morning. As you sleep, they reshape your corneas for better vision that lasts all day. While these results may last longer than one day, we recommend wearing ortho-k contacts nightly.

Best candidates for Ortho-k

If you have mild-to-moderate myopia, you may be a great candidate for ortho-k. The treatment can also help correct mild cases of the abnormal eye shape known as astigmatism and presbyopia, an age-related condition in which the lens of the eye starts to harden. Ortho-k can also help slow down the progression of nearsightedness in children. 

Because the effects of the corneal reshaping are temporary, little risk is involved and you can go back to wearing glasses or daytime contacts at any time. Ortho-k may also appeal if you can’t have surgery because of other health issues or find the idea of laser surgery daunting.

Ortho-k results

The FDA conducted a study that measured the success of ortho-k corneal reshaping for various degrees of nearsightedness (measured in diopters). Here’s a breakdown of the level of improvements they found:

In other words, virtually everyone treated with ortho-k experiences vision improvements of over 90%, which is a tremendous success rate. The study also showed that any side effects, such as eye redness and dryness, tended to be temporary. Within six months of starting the treatment, 81% of participants reported no noticeable side effects at all.

Learn more about ortho-k by calling Classic Vision Care or scheduling a consultation on our website. Our team would love to help you decide on the best treatment for your needs. 

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