Rapid Vision Improvement Without Surgery
Orthokeratology is a revolutionary contact lens treatment program designed to reduce or eliminate myopia and astigmatism. This procedure utilizes special high tech rigid gas permeable contact lenses to gently, safely and effectively change the curvature of the front surface of the eye.
As the curvature of the eye changes the patient's myopia is reduced and the natural vision improves. As additional lens changes are made, the patient's natural vision continues to improve. At the end of the therapy, retainer contact lenses are worn to maintain the improved vision. The amount of time that these retainer lenses are worn differs with each patient, but usually varies from several hours of wear per day to several hours of wear two or three days per week.
Results: Mild to moderate degrees of myopia (20/200 or better unaided visual acuity) may be corrected to 20/20 or 20/30. Higher degrees of myopia may achieve dramatic improvements allowing that person to have functional vision without lenses, which would have been previously impossible. Astigmatism-Most mild astigmatic conditions can be reduced dramatically or eliminated. Higher amounts of astigmatism may be partially improved enhancing visual performance.
With computerized corneal topography and new contact lens designs results have improved dramatically. Many patients utilizing these lenses in conjunction with newer techniques are able to see results in much shorter periods of time.
The basic purpose of Orthokeratology is to improve visual function. Not everyone can presently benefit by these procedures, but for many there is now a safe, non-surgical approach to improving and restoring vision.