What is it?
Orthokeratology (ortho-k, CRT) lenses are specialty contacts that are worn overnight to correct myopia (nearsightedness). It does so by temporarily reshaping the cornea, the front surface of the eye. Vision improvements are maintained when the lenses are worn as directed. It was approved by the FDA in 2002 for the treatment of myopia.
What are the benefits?
Do you dislike wearing glasses? Do you have trouble finding contacts that are comfortable throughout the day? Are glasses or contacts a hassle to your job, hobbies, or sports? If you answered yes to any of those questions, orthokeratology may be a solution for you. Since the contacts are worn at night and taken out during the day, you can expect good vision throughout your day without glasses or contacts.
Myopia Progression in Children
There has been a lot of research throughout the world in the relationship of orthokeratology and myopia progression. Many of the long-term research has shown a statistically significant slower and reduced myopia progression in children wearing orthokeratology lenses versus children in traditional contacts or glasses.
What is the process?
Your doctor at James R. Dugue Optometry will perform a variety of tests such as a refraction and corneal topography to assess your candidacy. Our software will then design a properly fitting lens that is custom to your eyes. We will train you on how to insert and remove the contacts, clean the contacts, and maintain a good wearing schedule. We will also follow-up with you closely to make sure you are doing well and seeing well. Schedule an appointment today to find out if these lenses are right for you!