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What Are the Top Benefits of Orthokeratology (Ortho-K)?

Ramona Matthews

Do you have vision problems? Several options exist when it comes to correcting vision problems. Generally, every treatment option has its pros and cons, different side effects, and works differently for specific eye problems. Therefore, understanding some of these things goes a long way in helping you know what to expect. Orthokeratology, often referred to as ortho-k, is among the many treatment options you will find for vision problems. It entails fitting specially designed contact lenses that reshape your cornea (your eye's front surface), improving vision. Generally, these contact lenses are worn overnight. And as you sleep, the lenses gently reshape the cornea, allowing you to see clearly once you remove them the following day. Ortho-k comes with many benefits, and here is a breakdown of some of these.


Ortho-k is typically ideal for correcting myopia. It tends to work well for those with moderate or mild near-sightedness. However, it's also designed to correct multiple vision problems. For instance, it can help correct mild cases of astigmatism, presbyopia and hyperopia. However, since different vision problems require different treatment options, it would be best to consult an optometrist first to determine whether ortho-k can work for your vision problem.

Besides the many vision problems ortho-k can help correct, the treatment has no age restrictions. As a result, it can work for children and adults. What's more, you can use it if you work in dusty environments, engage in contact sports or spend most of your time behind computer screens.


Do you find standard contacts too irritating? Perhaps you prefer going without glasses. In either case, ortho-k is the ideal solution to consider. Ortho-k offers superior comfort compared to regular contact lenses or glasses. That's because they are easy to apply and remove. In addition, you will need to wear them when going to bed and take them out the following morning. Once done, you will start enjoying the benefits of a clear vision throughout the day and the days to follow.


One top advantage of the ortho-k treatment is that it's not permanent. You can decide to discontinue it at any time as you deem fit. Therefore, you have control over when to undergo the treatment. What's more, it's virtually risk-free because it doesn't leave you with any permanent effects on your eyes structure if you decide to discontinue it. Once you choose to stop it, your cornea will return to its natural shape after some time, so you shouldn't worry.


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Your eyes are a really important part of your body but they can often be overlooked when it comes to maintaining your health. The aim of this blog is to encourage people to take better care of their eyes. We might not be experts when it comes to this subject, but you can rest assured that each of the articles posted here has been carefully researched using online and offline resources. You will find info on the symptoms of various conditions which can affect the eye as well as guidance relating to the different treatments available to you. Read on find out more!