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.
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
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
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.