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Imagine achieving sharp, natural vision without the need for glasses or daytime contact lenses – all while you sleep. This is the promise of orthokeratology, commonly known as ortho-k, a treatment that corrects vision temporarily through the help of overnight lenses. 

What is Ortho K Therapy?

Ortho-K is a non-invasive approach to vision correction. Think of Ortho K Therapy as orthodontics for your eyes. Orthokeratology lenses are designed to reshape the cornea, the transparent front surface of the eye responsible for focusing light onto the retina. 

By applying gentle pressure to specific areas of the cornea, ortho-k lenses alter its curvature, helping to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

The specially designed lenses are crafted from breathable materials and tailored to fit the curvature of your eyes.

Safety and Non-invasiveness

Ortho-K is a safe and non-invasive aid that poses minimal risks to eye health as long as care instructions are followed. Unlike surgical interventions like LASIK, which involve permanent alterations to the cornea, ortho-k offers a reversible means of vision correction. 

Who Can Benefit from Ortho-K?

Orthokeratology offers a safe alternative for individuals seeking freedom from glasses and daytime contact lenses. Myopia occurs when the eye focuses light in front of the retina instead of directly on it, resulting in blurred distance vision. Studies have shown that ortho-k lenses can effectively slow down the progression of myopia in children and adolescents. 

Beyond myopia, ortho-k can also help correct other refractive errors, including farsightedness and astigmatism.

Ortho-k is a great option for those who perform activities which are difficult to perform wearing glasses or contact lenses, such as swimming and other watersports.

Considerations for Children

Ortho-K also holds particular promise for children and adolescents whose vision is still developing. Vision correction surgeries like LASIK are not recommended until vision is stable, making ortho-k an attractive alternative for young individuals with evolving refractive errors. 

The Process of Ortho-K Treatment

Orthokeratology treatment involves several steps, each aimed at ensuring optimal vision correction and patient comfort. At Bayside Eyecare, our experienced eye care professionals guide patients through the ortho-k process, providing personalised care and support every step of the way.

1. Initial Assessment and Evaluation

Before beginning ortho-k treatment, patients undergo a comprehensive eye examination to assess their vision and overall eye health. This evaluation helps determine candidacy for ortho-k and ensures that patients receive the most appropriate treatment plan.

2. Corneal Mapping and Custom Lens Design

Using advanced technology, eye care professionals map the surface of the cornea to design custom ortho-k lenses tailored to each patient’s unique eye shape and vision correction needs.

3. Fitting and Instructional Session

Once the custom ortho-k lenses are fabricated, patients receive personalised fitting sessions to ensure proper lens alignment and comfort. Our eye care professionals also provide detailed instructions on lens insertion, removal, and care to help patients feel confident in managing their ortho-k treatment.

4. Follow-up Appointments and Monitoring

Regular follow-up appointments are essential for monitoring the progress of ortho-k treatment and making any necessary adjustments to ensure optimal vision correction. Our eye care professionals work closely with patients to address any concerns and ensure continued success with ortho-k therapy.

Addressing Frequently Asked Questions

Does Ortho K Stop Myopia?

Ortho-K has been shown to effectively slow down the progression of myopia, particularly in children and adolescents. By reshaping the cornea and reducing the need for glasses or daytime contact lenses, orthokeratology may help mitigate the risk of high myopia and its associated complications.

What is Ortho K Treatment Like in Terms of Risk?

Ortho-K is a safe and non-invasive procedure when performed under the guidance of trained eye care professionals and when recommended cleaning and handling protocols are adhered to.

Can I Use Ortho-K For a Long Time?

With regular follow-up appointments and proper lens care, ortho-k can be safely used for years, providing lasting benefits for ocular health and visual acuity.

What Is Ortho K Treatment Like in Terms of Lasting Effect?

Wearing ortho-k lenses overnight will result in clear vision during the day. If lens wear is discontinued, the cornea will return to its original shape.

Does Insurance Cover Ortho K?

Factors influencing coverage eligibility include the nature of the insurance plan, the presence of vision-related benefits, and the specific terms and conditions outlined in the policy. Consulting with your insurance provider can offer clarity on potential out-of-pocket expenses and financial considerations associated with ortho-k treatment.

Embrace Clear Vision with Orthokeratology

With its non-invasive nature and evidence-based benefits, ortho-k offers a safe and effective means of achieving optimal visual acuity. At Bayside Eyecare, we’re committed to providing compassionate care and guiding our patients toward vision correction options tailored to their needs. Call us on (03) 9909 5329 or fill out our online contact form to connect with our friendly team today.