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Ortho-K: The Overnight Solution for Refractive Error Correction

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If you've never liked dealing with eyeglasses or contacts, but the thought of undergoing eye surgery understandably gives you pause, then you probably wish you could just wake up one morning and find your vision magically corrected. Believe it or not, you can actually experience this phenomenon -- not through magic, but thanks to an advanced vision correction option called orthokeratology, or Ortho-K. Better yet, our skilled team at Eye Gallery may find that you're an ideal candidate for this alternative to glasses, daytime contacts and surgery.

All of the techniques mentioned above are meant to address a particular category of vision problem known as refractive errors. Refractive errors occur when something about the eye gives it an oblong or foreshortened shape instead of a normal spherical shape. Sometimes the eye itself is shaped abnormally, and sometimes only the cornea (a half-sphere of tissue encompassing the pupil and lens) is affected. Either way, the result is the same: Incoming light isn't refracted correctly, which means that the retina gets a blurred or distorted image for the brain to interpret.

While standard corrective lenses compensate for refractive errors by placing a second lens in front of the cornea, Ortho-K actually changes the shape of the cornea itself. This effect is achieved with gas permeable (GP) lenses that you wear only at night, generally during sleep. The gentle, precise pressure of the lenses causes the cornea to correct itself into a shape that allows for near-perfect refraction.

The effects of Ortho-K generally last a couple of days or more, although individual results may vary. Once you know how long you can expect to enjoy corrected vision from your lenses, you can figure out your own schedule for popping them in during the week as needed. While you might wish for an even more permanent solution, the temporary nature of Ortho-K is actually an asset. Unlike laser surgery, Ortho-K makes it easy to discontinue this vision correction method and go back to contacts or glasses whenever you feel like doing so -- and you don't have to worry about the potential risks or complications associated with surgery.

Talk to Our Eye Gallery Team About Ortho-K 

Who can benefit from Ortho-K? The best candidates are patients are mild to moderate myopia (nearsightedness), a condition that the lenses are especially good at correcting. But Ortho-K can also provide 20/40 or better eyesight for people with:

  • Mild astigmatism (corneal "pits" or irregularities that distort vision)

  • Mild hyperopia (farsightedness)

  • Mild presbyopia (and age-related condition that actually requires bifocals, trifocals or multifocals)

Our Eye Gallery optometrist can evaluate your refractive issues and advise you as to whether Ortho-K can help. Certain other factors such as unusually big pupils or chronically dry eyes may also lead us to recommend other vision correction techniques. But if your eyes are right for Ortho-K, Ortho-K could exactly the right solution for you. Contact Eye Gallery today for a consultation!

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