If you're younger and have certain vision problems, you may be thinking longingly about laser surgery, but may not be a good candidate due to your age. You may have resigned yourself to living with glasses or contact lenses for the foreseeable future, which may be a problem if you like to participate in various sports. Yet all is not lost in this situation, as you may be able to take advantage of a relatively new procedure known colloquially as "Ortho-K." What is involved with this procedure, and how can you find out more information?
Ortho-K is short for orthokeratology, a procedure that seeks to reshape the cornea. It's a gradual process where you wear special, gas-permeable contact lenses at night rather than in the daytime. Although this procedure is relatively new in the marketplace, the idea has been around for some time. However, technological progression now means that Ortho-K is feasible and can help to deliver these amazing results.
How It Works
While you may think that contact lenses are meant to be worn during the day, they will reshape the eye's surface as you sleep. This revolutionary approach can be used by people of all ages and is especially useful for those who suffer from astigmatism or myopia.
When the patient wakes up in the morning, they should be able to see more clearly and without the need to wear contact lenses or glasses. They would then repeat the process the following night, so they have the same amount of freedom that subsequent day.
Remember that you will need to go back to the optometrist several times, so they can adjust your prescription as they help you achieve a perfect fit. In other words, they will need to provide you with multiple sets of temporary lenses, which may need to be spread over several months to correct your vision accurately.
You do not need to worry if you think that this type of treatment is painful as the process is entirely safe and comes without any side effects. The lens will slowly and safely correct the eye's curvature while you peacefully sleep.
Talk with your optometrist today and ask them if Ortho-K would work for you. You may be able to take advantage of this process so you can play your sports without the need for any glasses or contact lenses.