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Orthokeratology

Project Eyecare Optometry -  - Primary Eyecare Optometrists with emphasis in Vision Therapy and Myopia Control

Project Eyecare Optometry

Primary Eyecare Optometrists with emphasis in Vision Therapy and Myopia Control located in Mission Viejo, CA

Orthokeratology reshapes your cornea to correct and slow down myopia progression. Connie Tsai, OD, Vincent Cano, OD, and their eye care team at Project Eyecare Optometry, provide customized orthokeratology services to help you see clearly. Call Project Eyecare Optometry or make an appointment online today to learn more about orthokeratology and if it’s right for you.

Orthokeratology

What is orthokeratology?

Orthokeratology, sometimes called Ortho-K, is an innovative treatment that uses specially designed gas permeable (hard) contact lenses to reshape your cornea and improve your vision. 

Your cornea is the transparent layer that covers the front of your eye. When it’s abnormally shaped, it can interfere with the way light focuses on your retina. Orthokeratology lenses are made to fit your eye precisely and put gentle pressure on your cornea to adjust its curve and reduce refractive errors.

Why would I need orthokeratology?

Orthokeratology was initially developed to correct keratoconus. Keratoconus is a condition that develops when your cornea becomes thin and bulges out into a cone shape instead of its healthy round dome. It can cause blurry vision, light sensitivity, and eye swelling and redness. 

However, eye doctors soon found that orthokeratology can also correct myopia, or nearsightedness. The team of eye care professionals at Project Eyecare Optometry uses orthokeratology lenses to correct vision and for myopia management in their younger patients. Imagine seeing clearly without glasses or surgery.

What happens during orthokeratology treatment?

Your eye doctor performs a special exam to ensure your eyes are healthy and that you have thick enough corneas for the treatment to be effective. They also carefully map your cornea so your orthokeratology lenses can be made to fit your eyes precisely. 

When you have orthokeratology treatment, you wear special gas permeable lenses overnight while you sleep. The lenses flatten your cornea, which changes how light bends as it enters your eye. When you take out your lenses after waking up, your cornea stays flat and your vision remains corrected throughout the day. 

Most patients have to wear their orthokeratology lenses every night. Over time, you might get away with wearing your orthokeratology lenses less frequently.

Am I a good candidate for orthokeratology?

The team at Project Eyecare Optometry provides comprehensive eye exams to determine if orthokeratology is right for you. The treatment is suitable for both children and adults who have healthy eyes aside from their myopia. 

Call Project Eyecare Optometry or make an appointment online today to learn more about orthokeratology and if it’s right for you.