Orthokeratology Services from Your Optometrist in South Tulsa and Okmulgee, OK
Wouldn't it be great if you could wake up in the morning and suddenly, you no longer need glasses or contacts to see correctly? What you may not know is that this is possible through orthokeratology. Orthokeratology or “Ortho-K” is a type of contact that reshapes the contour of the cornea to improve vision. Our optometrists at The Eye Center in Okmulgee, OK, can help you decide if Ortho-K is right for you.
What is Ortho-K?
Ortho-K is a specially designed gas-permeable contact lens that you wear during the night. While you are sleeping, the lens gently reshapes your cornea, allowing you to see correctly when you wake up.
Who Can Benefit With Ortho-K?
Ortho-K is designed to correct refractive errors. It is most often used to treat nearsightedness. In some cases, Ortho-K can treat farsightedness and astigmatism. There are some cases where Ortho-K can treat presbyopia. These lenses are also often used to slow the progression of childhood myopia.
Lasik surgery is not for everyone. If you are a poor candidate due to eye disease or a medical condition, Ortho-K is a great alternative. Your eye doctor will perform a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for Ortho-K.
Ortho-K and Dry Eye
Many people with dry eye syndrome cannot wear traditional contacts because they dry out the eyes. Patients with dry eye are also bad candidates for Lasik because the surgery can worsen their symptoms. Because Ortho-K lenses are worn overnight while your eyes are closed, and they don't dry out as quickly, they are a great alternative if you have dry eye.
Are the Results Of Ortho-K Permanent?
The results of Ortho-K are not permanent. For some people, not wearing the contacts just one night will result in them needing to wear their glasses or contacts the next day. For others, it can take two nights of not wearing the contacts.
How Long Does It Take For the Maximum Results?
Some people experience the maximum effect after wearing the lenses for just one night. For others, it can take a few nights. If you have a high prescription, it could take up to a week before you experience the maximum effect.
Glasses and Ortho-K
Until the lenses take full effect, you may experience blurry vision and halos around lights. This would require you to wear your glasses during the day. You may need a lesser prescription that what you originally had while waiting for your eyes to experience the maximum effect.
Is Ortho-K Expensive?
The average cost of Ortho-K ranges from $1,000 to $2,000. This is less than the cost of Lasik. If money is an issue, Ortho-K offers the same results at a lower price.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you are considering Ortho-K, schedule an appointment with The Eye Canter in Okmulgee. Our optometrist treats patients in Bixby, Okmulgee, and South Tulsa. Our doctor of optometry will examine your eyes to determine if you would be a good candidate. Call us today at 918-369-3937 to schedule an appointment!