Your Huntington Beach, CA Myopia Control Specialists
Myopia or as it is commonly known, shortsighted/nearsighted is a condition that develops and continues to worsen during school years. As myopia increases so does the risk of developing many eye diseases and complications such as retinal detachment and glaucoma.
Furthermore, a child with myopia will have changes occurring in their vision that may not be detected until the next eye exam, leaving them struggling in school during that time. Both ortho k/CRT and multifocal contact lenses for myopia control have the benefit of increasing self-esteem, improving peripheral vision, and reducing the chances of sports-related injuries.
Overnight Vision Correction
Ortho-K Overnight Vision Correction has been shown to slow the progression of children’s nearsightedness.
Custom-fitted, gentle vision shaping contact lenses are worn while your child sleeps to temporarily reshape the cornea to improve vision during the day. Your child will be able to see clearly without the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Studies show that the progression of myopia is also slowed with Ortho-K therapy.
With Ortho-K your child can enjoy all of the activities they love without having to worry about eyewear. No more broken or lost glasses, no more contact lens care and no surgery.
80% of learning is visual. Give your child the best chances for success!
Candidates for Ortho-K
Ortho-k is very suitable for nearsighted people who are not appropriate candidates for vision correction surgery, such as children. Individuals of all ages with healthy eyes can try ortho-k, namely because it can be discontinued at any point without permanent effects to the eyes.
People who require vision correction and engage regularly in sports or work in extremely dusty, dirty environments will also appreciate the convenience of ortho-k.
Vision Results from Ortho-k
Success rates for ortho-k are generally higher for more mild vision prescriptions. The ideal goal is to provide 20/20 vision without any need for eyeglasses or contacts during the day.
According to FDA trials conducted on both CRT and VST lenses, more than 65% of ortho-k patients achieved 20/20 visual acuity. A whopping number of more than 90% of ortho-k patients achieved 20/40 vision or better (this is the legal requirement for driving without vision correction in most states). Consult with your eye doctor to find out if your vision prescription is within range for successful ortho-k treatment.
Note that although improvement in vision is generally reported within a day or two of wearing ortho-k overnight, the full effects may not be experienced until the lenses are worn for a few weeks. During this transition period, your vision will probably not be as crisp as it was with regular contacts or eyeglasses, and glare or halos around lights may be visible. Until ortho-k works fully, a temporary pair of eyeglasses may be required for specific actions, such as driving at night.
How Does Ortho-k Feel?
Although some people have trouble wearing regular gas permeable contact lenses during the day, ortho-k GP lenses are worn while sleeping – so discomfort and awareness of the lenses in your eyes is generally not an issue.
Is Ortho-k expensive?
Professional fitting for ortho-k requires a series of visits to your eye doctor. A number of pairs of contact lenses are also generally needed. GP lenses that are special for ortho-k are more costly than standard contacts. In sum, the fees for ortho-k add up to a higher total than regular contact lenses.
LASIK after Ortho-k
Refractive surgeries, such as LASIK, are possible after treatment with ortho-k lenses. Yet because ortho-k works to reshape your cornea, you are required to stop wearing the lenses for approximately several months before undergoing LASIK. This allows your eyes to return to their original shape.
It’s important to inform your LASIK surgeon if you’ve been wearing ortho-k lenses, and you will be advised as to how long of a wait is necessary before having the laser procedure.
Seeing is Vital to the Quality of your Life
Eyes are important indicators of overall health, and comprehensive eye care goes beyond a prescription for glasses or contact lenses. At Pacific Eye Care, we take the time to get to know you, your eye care history, and your vision needs. Our Huntington Beach optometrists provide the expert care, advice, options, and follow up you need whether you are a new patient or an existing one.