Ortho-K Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE?
Orthokeratology can be most effective for patients who need correction for distance and astigmatism. Ideally, your prescription should be in the range of -0.25 to -4.00 with no more than -1.50 diopters of surface astigmatism. In some cases Dr. Brooks will attempt higher prescriptions.
 
If you have been unable to wear contact lenses for any reason (discomfort, allergies, inconvenience, dryness, etc.), you are also a great candidate because this lens is so easy to use and it's worn while you sleep. This greatly reduces any discomfort you may have experienced while using conventional contact lenses.

 

You are also a great candidate if you need excellent vision without the use of contacts or glasses. Ortho-K benefits pilots, police officers, military personnel and those with safety concerns such as athletes, parents of small children, lifeguards and many others.

 
Finally, if you just don't want to be bothered with wearing glasses or contact lenses during a variety of activities such as hiking, playing sports, swimming, skiing, camping, off-road driving, biking, snorkeling, scuba and more, Ortho-K is for you!

 

WHY ARE CHILDREN GOOD CANDIDATES?
Studies from around the world have indicated that Ortho-K can keep your children's nearsightedness from getting worse. Currently, an ongoing 5 year FDA study is seeking to confirm previous studies and prove anecdotal evidence to this fact. Increasing nearsightedness is also a risk factor for detached retina and glaucoma.
Your child is an especially good candidate if they have a tendency to lose or abuse their contact lenses/glasses, or if wearing them interferes with their active life.

 

IF I WEAR BIFOCALS, READING GLASSES OR PROGRESSIVE LENSES, AM I A CANDIDATE?
If you are over 40 your reading correction may be addressed with Hyperopic/Presbyopic, Myopic/Presbyopic, or monovision Ortho-K (this last modality involves correcting one eye for great distance vision and the other eye for near vision; your brain automatically chooses the appropriate eye for the task).

Another alternative is to have both eyes corrected for distance vision and wear reading glasses whenever you want to do near work.

 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO ACHIEVE GREAT VISION?
This depends on your prescription, age, and treatment goals. In adults, the higher prescriptions can take two to four weeks to achieve good vision but children’s corneas are much more easily molded.
Some patients are seeing clearly in as little as one night of retainer lens wear.

 

HOW SAFE ARE THE ORTHO-K LENSES?
Like all contact lenses, there are some risks involved.  It is not expected that the Ortho-K lenses will provide a risk that is greater than other contact lenses.  There were no serious adverse events reported in the Ortho-K FDA clinical study.  In our practice, we educate patients regarding the best care of the Ortho-K lenses to ensure an enjoyable, safe experience.

 

ARE THEY DIFFICULT TO INSERT AND REMOVE?
Your Ortho-K lenses are actually easier to insert and remove than most oxygen permeable lenses and much easier than a soft lens.

 

HOW OFTEN DO MY ORTHO-K LENSES NEED REPLACING?
Dr. Brooks may recommend replacing your retainer lenses every year depending on their condition. Lenses that have become warped or have that have deposits and build up will not allow proper oxygen to the cornea, may even lead to infection, and will not produce a consistent treatment. At your yearly exam, you will be advised if they need to be replaced.

 

WHAT IF I LOSE A LENS?
Orthokeratology is different than wearing regular contact lenses. If you discontinue wear for one night, your vision may be blurry the next day. Immediate replacement of a lost retainer is necessary.
Dr. Brooks will provide you with a back up pair of lenses once your prescription is finalized.

 

WHAT IF I SLEEP LESS THAN MOST PEOPLE?
Great results can be achieved in as little as four hours of sleep each night. Some people prefer to sleep for several short time periods of time rather than one consecutive period. This isn't a problem, just insert your retainer lenses in when you sleep and remove them when you wake.

 

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY ORTHO-K LENSES?

Your lenses should be chemically disinfected after every use.  Dr. Brooks will prescribe the best care system for your eyes and the lenses.

 

HOW DOES THE ORTHO-K PROCEDURE FEEL?

The treatment may initially cause a slight awareness or even itchiness.  However, you are asleep during the treatment and most patients report minimal awareness during Ortho-K treatment.

 

IS ORTHO-K FDA APPROVED?

Yes.  Ortho-K was first approved by the FDA in 1994, for the temporary reduction of myopia.  This process ensures the treatment is safe and effective.

 

DO BENEFIT PROGRAMS COVER ORTHO-K?

This is an elective procedure, and to the best of our knowledge is not usually covered by benefit programs.  If regular contact lenses are covered under your vision care plan, Ortho-K may be partially covered.  You should check with your benefits plan administrator. 

 

HOW MUCH DOES ORTHO-K COST?

The cost for your initial fitting, professional care, follow-up and Ortho-K therapeutic lenses, is determined by your prescription and the difficulty of your case.  The recurring annual cost of Ortho-K is about the same as wearing contact lenses or glasses.  We offer payment plans i.e. Care Credit, and Flexible Spending Accounts can be used.

 

 

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