What is Ortho-K?

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Orthokeratology, Cornea Refractive Therapy or Corneal Molding, is a non-surgical, reversible process using a unique therapeutic mold to reshape the cornea while you sleep. The best analogy for Ortho-K is “orthodontics for the eye”. The corneal shape is altered by gentle pressure from custom-designed corneal molds. The result is clear crisp vision without daytime contact lenses or glasses. It is an excellent mode of treatment for myopia control for children and an alternative to refractive surgery (LASIK) for adults.

How does it work?

This state-of-the-art therapeutic mold re-sculpts the corneal cells using the many unique curvatures of the mold. This creates a push/pull force beneath the mold’s surface. Thin layer sheer forces, created by the tear film beneath this therapeutic lens, flow across the corneal surface. This continuous action moves the cells from the center of the cornea to the periphery thereby changing the overall shape of the eye. This resculpted shape can easily focus light directly on the retina.

Frequently asked questions

Does Ortho K slow down myopia progression?
Who is a good candidate?
Advantages of Ortho-K
Disadvantages of Ortho-K
If I wear bifocals, reading glasses or progressive lenses, am I a candidate?
I have dry eyes, am I a candidate?
What percentage of patients may or may not be suitable for Ortho-K?
I have high astigmatism, am I a suitable candidate?
Is age a factor?
I used to wear contact lenses, but stopped due to discomfort, am I a candidate?
Can I have LASIK surgery done after Ortho-K?
Can any Eye Care Professional design and fit Ortho-K molds?
How much does Ortho-K cost?
Why haven’t I heard of Ortho-K?


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