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What Is Orthokeratology?

Myopia and normal vision. Myopia is being shortsighted. Myopia corrected with minus lens. Anatomy of the eye, cross section. Detailed illustration.Orthokeratology is a practice that has been around since the 1940s, but has gained renewed interest in recent years. Imagine waking up each morning with better vision without having to wear glasses every day. That is exactly what orthokeratology delivers. Here is what you need to know.

Orthokeratology Explained

Orthokeratology allows the eye to heal itself so your vision is improved. Although the process uses a lens similar to a contact lens, you don't have to wear anything during the day to correct your vision. Instead, a lens that is placed on your eye at night lets your eye heal as you sleep. You wake up with your vision corrected.

Orthokeratology Process

Most vision problems are caused by a problem with the shape of the cornea that causes people to struggle to see things either far away or nearby. Orthokeratology coaxes the eye into a healthier position so that vision is improved. Your eye doctor will prescribe a film for your eye that is molded to mimic a healthier shape for your cornea. Insert the film into one or both eyes as directed by your eye doctor, and your eye will reshape to fit the mold as you sleep. When you wake up, the shape of your eye will be better and your vision will be improved. Patients wear the film every two to three nights to maintain results.

Orthokeratology Benefits

The clear benefit of orthokeratology is not having to wear glasses and contacts. Although glasses and contacts are extremely effective, some people find that they interfere with their daily activities and require too much maintenance. With orthokeratology, you only have to think about your vision health every few nights, and can spend the rest of your time seeing clearly without the use of additional aids. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lucy today and find out if Orthokeratology is right for you.

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