OrthoK for Myopia Management

OrthoK for Myopia Management in Chattanooga

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.

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