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Orthokeratology in San Jose

A Remedy Without Eyeglasses

Myopia, also known has nearsightedness, has become extremely prevalent in recent decades. Roughly 30% of Americans have been diagnosed with myopia, and an estimated 2.5 billion people in the world are expected to be diagnosed by 2020. Our San Jose optometric boutique is qualified to treat myopia and other refractive disorders through a special process called orthokeratology. Dr. Lucy Yen is a certified Orthokeratology eye doctor. This tried-and-true process works with the natural functions of the eye to reshape the cornea. Instead of wearing glasses to see clearly, or inserting lenses that are worn during waking hours, this process puts custom-made, porous film onto the eyes during the night when the eyes are at rest. The eye naturally "heals" itself during the night, and so doing, reshapes itself to the mold of the film. Simply wake up, remove the film, and voila, you can see clearly! This process is repeated every two to three days.

Myopia Risk Factors

The development of nearsightedness can drastically increase your risk of cataracts, glaucoma, and other eye conditions. Though myopia is treatable, it's always preferable to prevent it from developing in the first place. Some risk factors of myopia are genetic, while others are very much within your control.

  • Parents with Myopia: If you have two parents with myopia, your risk of being diagnosed is approximately 75%. If you have one parent with myopia, your risk is 40%. Even if neither of your parents has myopia, you still have a 25% risk.
  • Spending Time Indoors: Resent research has unearthed a link between myopia and spending large amounts of time indoors. If you have children, consider encouraging them to spend more time outside.
  • Use of Handheld Electronics: The University of California at Berkeley has also discovered a link between the pervasive use of handheld electronics and myopia. It's especially prevalent among children who use these devices for hours at a time.

Fast Facts about Orthokeratology

Orthokeratology is an optometric process that is designed to treat myopia, astigmatism, farsightedness, and other refractive errors. There is a very small window of time after diagnosis during which myopia can be treated via orthokeratology.

  • Concept: Orthokeratology involves the use of gas-permeable contact lenses to reshape the cornea, which is largely responsible for light refraction. Over time, orthokeratology can alter light refraction to within a normal range.
  • Process: During the orthokeratology process, you will place custom-made porous film on your eyes and let the film reshape your corneas as you sleep. You only need to wear the film one night out of every two or three.
  • Benefits: Orthokeratology is a simple, noninvasive treatment that actually improves your sight while you sleep. If you opt for this treatment, you won't have to bother with glasses or contacts.

If you have any questions about orthokeratology, call Eye Luv Lucy at (408) 294-9900. Optometrist Dr. Lucy Yen is dedicated to helping improve the vision of San Jose residents with orthokeratology, designer glasses, and LASIK consultations.