Ortho-K, also known as orthokeratology, are special contact lenses. When you wear conventional contact lenses, you wear them during the day and remove them at night while you sleep. It is the opposite with Ortho-K. These lenses are worn at night while you sleep, and you remove them in the morning when you wake up. If you are considering getting Ortho-K lenses, our team at Ritz & Johnson in Ocala can help you with the process.
How Do Ortho-K Contacts Work?
Ortho-K lenses gently reshape your cornea while you sleep. When you wake up in the morning, you will be able to see clearly all day without needing vision correction.
Ortho-K can treat refractive errors, including:
- Myopia, also known as nearsightedness
- Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness
The Effectiveness of Ortho-K
When you first start wearing Ortho-K, it can take 48 to 72 hours before the contacts become effective. The stronger your prescription is, the longer it will take for the contacts to reach their maximum effectiveness. Until the contacts are completely effective, you will need to continue wearing your eyeglasses.
What to Expect
You must wear the contacts every night. Forgetting to wear the contacts will cause your cornea to return to its original shape, and you will not be able to see clearly. If you forget to wear the contacts just one night, you should still be able to see clearly the next day. However, if you do not wear your contacts for two or three nights, you will need to wear your glasses to see correctly. If you do not want to rely on your eyeglasses, you should make sure to wear your Ortho-K contacts every night.
Good Candidates for Ortho-K
Anyone who does not want to rely on eyeglasses or conventional contact lenses would be a good candidate for Ortho-K. These contacts are also great if you have dry eye syndrome. Conventional contacts absorb the moisture from your eyes, which can make wearing contacts difficult or impossible. Because Ortho-K contacts are worn while you sleep, and your eyes are closed, they don't absorb as much of your eye's moisture.
LASIK surgery is popular among people who do not want to rely on glasses or contacts to see correctly. This surgical procedure permanently reshapes your cornea, which can correct your refractive error. Several conditions would make you a poor candidate for LASIK. If you have been told by your optometrist that you are not a good candidate for LASIK, then Ortho-K is an excellent alternative.
Ortho-K Contacts in Ocala, FL
If you are considering Ortho-K for your vision correction, contact our team at Ritz & Johnson today at (352) 732-7900 to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors.