OrthoK for Myopia Management

OrthoK for Myopia Management in Hixson

What is Ortho-k Therapy?

Ortho-k treatment, also known as orthokeratology, is a therapeutic  means of correcting myopic progression (nearsightedness) using specialized rigid lenses. 

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How Does It Work?

The benefits include the following:

  • they correct corneal curvature while you sleep
  • They provide clear daytime vision without needing to wear glasses or contacts during the day. Some individuals may experience improvement for longer periods
  • they benefit those who are involved in physical activity, either recreationally or professionally, and may enjoy a contact-free lens measure
  • they prevent myopic progression

Common Questions

Studies show that orthokeratology can be very effective in slowing myopic progression in children. As with all contact lenses, there is a slight risk factor for infection, so it is essential to maintain all proper procedures for wearing and maintaining contact lenses. As such, they may not be suitable for younger children.
Ideally, they should be worn nightly for maximum effectiveness. Most people attain good vision for a day or two. Following the initial intervention, retainers are used to maintain the vision.
No. These lenses (as with all contact lenses) require an individual fitting so that the lenses match the specific measurements of your eyes.
That depends on the individual. Depending on individual factors, one form of intervention may be more suitable for your child. Speak with your child's optometrist to determine the best intervention.
As an elective treatment not covered by most insurance plans, the cost can vary between $1500 and as high as $4000.
One of the measures includes a process of corneal topography to map the ocular surface.
Additional options include low-dose atropine therapy, contact lenses, and glasses. Refractive surgery is not considered an option for children.
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Orthokeratology For Myopia in Children

Ortho-k treatment offers the benefit of a non-surgical intervention to improve daytime vision in children and to slow myopic progression. It accomplishes this without the aid of glasses. As an early intervention for children this can go a long way to preventing ocular disorders in adulthood, such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and retinal detachment. Speak with your child's optometrist to find out if orthokeratology is viable for your child.


Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.

Amanda T.

Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.

Alexa H.

Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!

Charlotte M.

Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

Thank you!

Olivia C.

Seems much less frustrated with life

Reads non-stop and fast

Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

Seems much more confident

Thank You!!!

Kelly O.

When we first came to the practice, my son did not have huge issues, but lots of small ones- trouble with reading, sports (hitting the baseball consistently), coordination, etc- that were not easily detectable,but when put together presented issues. The staff here were all very professional and loving towards him. While I was concerned in the reading, my son was concerned with the athletic side. Seeing improvement night off the bat gave him confidence that i have nor seen in him and made him want to not only Come to therapy, but also made him want to work hard. He has surpassed his grade level and above in reading and hit his first home run this year! Thank you!!!

Alice M.
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