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Ortho-K

Orthokeratology at EYECARE for You in Richboro, PA

Orthokeratology which is also referred to as Ortho-K is a non-surgical procedure where contact lenses are used to reshape the curvature of the eye and improve general vision. This procedure eliminates the need for using glasses or contact lenses during the day. You wear the contact lenses at night and after you wake up you will have a clear vision. To get your fitting, visit EYECARE for You in Richboro, PA.

Woman putting on a contact lensBenefits of Orthokeratology

Orthokeratology is used for myopia control. Myopia refers to a vision condition where a person is able to see objects that are close to them but those that are further away become blurry. It occurs when the light rays are refracted incorrectly due to the length and curve of the eye. Myopia is a progressive condition that worsens if left untreated. Symptoms and signs of myopia include;

  • Objects that are far away are blurry
  • To see clearly, one has to squint or partially close their eyelids
  • Eyestrain that often causes headaches
  • Rubbing eyes
  • Excessive blinking

Diagnosis and Treatment

Nearsightedness or myopia is diagnosed by a basic eye exam during which the optometrist carries out a refraction assessment. Refraction assessment is used to determine vision problems including farsightedness and nearsightedness. Dr. Joyce might use a number of instruments and ask you to look through certain lenses just to test your near and far vision.

Nearsightedness can be corrected by helping the light focus on the retina using corrective lenses and refractive surgery. You can choose to wear contact lenses or glasses that will counteract the increased curvature of the cornea. Refractive surgery reduces the need to use contact lenses and glasses, but is not an option for patients under 21 years of age with a changing prescription. Orthokeratology is a reversible treatment option for patients who may not be candidates for laser surgery or who simply do not want to wear traditional glasses or contact lenses.

The Importance of Treating Myopia

Myopia affects both adults and children. For a child, myopia will worsen as their eyes continue to develop and grow. If left untreated there is a high risk of the child developing eye complications such as glaucoma, retinal detachment, macular degeneration and early development of cataracts. Other complications that one might encounter if the problem is not treated include reduced quality of life because it becomes difficult to enjoy the day to day activities with refractive errors. Constant headaches can occur because of eyestrain. Impaired safety especially for those driving at night might be problematic. Also since the eyeball is elongated, the tissues will be stretched and thinned with can cause inflammation and weak blood vessels that bleed easily and can scar.

For Ortho-K contact EYECARE for You in Richboro, PA!

More and more people are becoming nearsighted especially with the use of computers and other digital devices. To correct your problem, you can undergo orthokeratology treatment and continue enjoying life. Book an appointment at Eye Care For You for an eye exam and to learn about your options. Call us at (215) 485-5384.

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