Orthokeratology, or “ortho-k,” is a type of eye therapy that uses specially designed contact lenses to treat myopia. Despite being a non-surgical treatment that’s safe even for kids, myths about it are keeping some people from seeking treatment. In this blog, eye doctor Nova Vision Center debunks common myths about orthokeratology.
Orthokeratology Squeezes the Cornea
Orthokeratology utilizes specially shaped contact lenses to reshape the cornea. Someone who may have received an inadequate explanation of the process may assume that these contact lenses apply pressure on the cornea and squeezes it. Which is not the case, as the cornea is flexible and “adapts” to the contact lenses’ shape. The cornea will return to its original shape if you stop wearing orthokeratology contact lenses.
Fitting Is a Complicated Process
Fitting orthokeratology contact lenses is a lot simpler that many people think. Diagnostic fitting that uses a wavefront device accurately maps out the surface of your eye, which will then be used to manufacture your custom contact lenses. While the process can take longer than typical contact lens fitting, it’s nowhere near as complicated as coming to an optometrist for new glasses.
It’s Prone to Eye Infection
Some people are concerned that orthokeratology is prone to infection, presumably because orthokeratology contact lenses are intended to be worn during sleep. While it is a fact that sleeping while wearing regular contact lenses increase the risk of eye infection up to eight times, orthokeratology contact lenses are different; they’re designed to be worn while sleeping. Proper care and use of orthokeratology contact lenses can further reduce risks of infection.
It’s Not Permanent, Therefore It’s a Waste of Time
Orthokeratology is akin to having braces installed. Braces are not permanent, and, in many cases, people who had them in childhood get them again as adults. The human body has a way of returning to its natural state over time. The changes made by orthokeratology on the eye do not last as long as those made by braces on teeth, but they’re not short either. Also, the average person would notice an improvement in their vision by the third day of therapy.
Learn more about the benefits of orthokeratology with a visit to your local optometrist at Nova Vision Center. Give us a call at (703) 578-3600 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve clients in Alexandria and Arlington, VA.