If you struggle with blurred vision but don’t want to wear glasses or contacts, Dr. Mital Patel may have another solution. Orthokeratology is a specialized, nonsurgical treatment option available at Classic Vision Care in Kennesaw, Marietta, and Atlanta, Georgia. This technique corrects your vision while you sleep. Ortho K also helps stop the progression of blurred vision without surgery. To learn more about Ortho K, schedule a consultation online or by phone.
Orthokeratology, or Ortho K, is a nonsurgical technique that corrects nearsightedness by reshaping the contour of the cornea. It improves vision while you sleep, using specially designed contact lenses. It's also an alternative to procedures like LASIK® if you’re hesitant to undergo surgery.
Dr. Patel may recommend orthokeratology treatments for children between the ages of 8 and 12 to correct nearsightedness and prevent its progression.
Ortho K is also effective at remedying other vision issues, including farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia (a condition causing blurry close-up vision). Ortho K can also achieve desired results for people under 40 with mild myopia.
After a thorough eye exam, Dr. Patel determines if Ortho K treatments are right for you. She doesn’t recommend Ortho K treatments if you have certain eye conditions, including dry eye or corneal damage.
Dr. Patel creates a customized treatment plan to correct your vision issues. She provides you with specially designed, gas-permeable contact lenses that you wear while you sleep. During the day, you wear soft contact lenses as your vision gradually improves.
Treatment phases usually last 1-2 weeks. Dr. Patel shows you how to insert and remove your lenses during your initial fitting. Once treatment is complete, you only wear the specialty contacts at night and don’t need to wear corrective lenses during the day.
To maintain your results, you may need to keep wearing the specialty lenses every other night, or as often as Dr. Patel recommends.
Dr. Patel monitors your vision improvement through regular checkups and ensures that your eyes are healthy. She provides guidance on cleaning and disinfecting your lenses daily to prevent eye irritation and infection.
Ortho K treatments are ideal for those with mild, progressive nearsightedness and other vision issues. It's also a safe and effective treatment for preventing the progression of these conditions, without requiring you to wear corrective lenses during the day.
Orthokeratology is an excellent option if you participate in sports or other recreational activities where glasses or contacts get in the way.
Other benefits of Ortho K include: