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Myopia control

Myopia Control describes methods used to slow the progression of myopia. Myopia is also called nearsightedness. It means that the patient can see up close well but not far away. It’s an issue that can delay your child’s learning and set them back from an early age. The higher the nearsightedness, the longer the eyeball which then stretches the tissue in the back of the eye called the retina. If the tissue is thinner, then it’s more at risk for getting holes, tears or detachments. That is why progressive myopia – nearsighted patient who’s vision keeps getting worse year after year- is a big concern.

Studies from around the world have indicated that Ortho-K can keep your children’s nearsightedness from getting worse. Currently, an ongoing 5 year FDA study is seeking to confirm previous studies and prove anecdotal evidence to this fact. Increasing nearsightedness is also a risk factor for detached retina and glaucoma.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE?

Orthokeratology can be effective on farsighted, nearsighted (myopic), and astigmatic patients. Ideally, your prescription should be in the range of +2.00 to -6.00 with no more than -1.75 diopters of surface astigmatism. In some cases your Orthokeratologist will attempt higher prescriptions.

If you have been unable to wear contact lenses for any reason (discomfort, allergies, inconvenience, dryness, etc.), you are also a great candidate because this lens is so easy to use and it’s worn while you sleep. This greatly reduces any discomfort you may have experienced while using conventional contact lenses.

You are also a great candidate if you need excellent vision without the use of contacts or glasses. Ortho-K benefits pilots, police officers, military personnel and those with safety concerns such as professional athletes, parents of small children, lifeguards and many others. 

Finally, if you just don’t want to be bothered with wearing glasses or contact lenses during a variety of activities such as hiking, playing sports, swimming, skiing, camping, off-road driving, biking, snorkeling, scuba and more, Ortho-K is for you.


WHY ARE CHILDREN GOOD CANDIDATES?

Studies from around the world have indicated that Ortho-K can keep your children’s nearsightedness from getting worse. Currently, an ongoing 5 year FDA study is seeking to confirm previous studies and prove anecdotal evidence to this fact. Increasing nearsightedness is also a risk factor for detached retina and glaucoma.

Your child is an especially good candidate if they have a tendency to lose or abuse their contact lenses/glasses, or if wearing them interferes with their active life.

CAN I SEE WHILE WEARING MY ORTHO-K RETAINERS?

Yes. This allows you to read in bed or watch TV before falling asleep.

HOW SAFE ARE THE RETAINER MOLDS?

They are very safe. However, there is a small risk of infection or abnormal blood vessel growth involved when any contact lens is worn. This risk is minimized by adhering to scrupulous disinfection and care procedures, by wearing your retainers only as instructed and by coming in for regular progress checks.


ARE THEY DIFFICULT TO INSERT AND REMOVE?

Your retainers are actually easier to insert and remove than most oxygen permeable lenses and much easier than a soft lens.


HOW OFTEN DO MY RETAINER LENSES NEED REPLACING?

Your Orthokeratologist may recommend replacing your retainer lenses every year depending on their condition. Molds that have become warped or have that have deposits and build up will not allow proper oxygen to the cornea, may even lead to infection, and will not produce a consistent treatment. At your yearly exam, you will be advised if they need to be replaced.


WHAT IF I LOSE A LENS?

Orthokeratology is different than wearing regular contact lenses. If you discontinue wear for one night, your vision may be impaired the next day. Immediate replacement of a lost retainer is necessary. 
Your Orthokeratologist may recommend always having a spare pair of retainer lenses as a back up… just in case.

WHAT IF I SLEEP LESS THAN MOST PEOPLE?

Great results can be achieved in as little as four hours of sleep each night. Some people prefer to sleep for several short time periods of time rather than one consecutive period. This isn’t a problem, just insert your retainer lenses in when you sleep and remove them when you wake

Information gathered from the Institute of Control of Eye Myopia in Children.