If You're Nearsighted and Tired of Wearing Glasses, Consider Ortho-K

At Opulent Eyes Optometry, Dr. Jeff Taranto and our team endeavor to provide our patients in Studio City, California, with th

There are many pitfalls when it comes to aging, and issues with your eyesight certainly rank among the most problematic. If you’ve slowly developed nearsightedness, or you have a child with progressive myopia, there is a solution that allows you to say goodbye to glasses without resorting to surgery — orthokeratology, or ortho-k.

At Opulent Eyes Optometry, Dr. Jeff Taranto and our team endeavor to provide our patients in Studio City, California, with the tools they need to see clearly. And when it comes to treating myopia, or nearsightedness, we can tackle the problem in several ways.

To explore one of our best solutions for myopia, take a moment to learn more about how ortho-k can effectively reshape your corneas, allowing you to see far into the distance.

Myopia 101

Before we get into how ortho-k works, it’s helpful to understand the problem behind myopia. Called a refractive error, this inability to see well at a distance is caused when your eyeballs are too long from front to back. This shape leads to your lenses focusing images in front of your retina instead of directly onto it.

Myopia can come on in children, but it’s far more prevalent in people as they age — 34 million people over the age of 40 in the United States have some degree of myopia.

The severity of myopia is measured in diopters, and a reading of -4 or less is considered to be mild to moderate, and these people are perfect candidates for ortho-k.

Reshaping through ortho-k

If you’re unsure about surgery or you’re not a candidate for LASIK, ortho-k is the best avenue toward a glasses-free life.

Ortho-k is an innovative technique in which we temporarily reshape your corneas using rigid gas permeable contact lenses. You continue to wear these lenses at night, and they hold your corneas in the right shape, allowing you to wake up and greet the day with 20/20 vision.

Many of our patients wear these lenses every night, or every other night, and the effect holds for a day or two. The best part is that as soon as the myopia begins to reappear, you simply pop the lenses back in overnight.

Getting started with ortho-k

To get you set up, we first turn to a corneal topographer to measure the curvatures of your corneas. With that information, we supply you with the nighttime lenses, as well as lenses for daytime use as we reach your 20/20 goal.

This process may take a week or two, during which time you’ll be wearing contact lenses 24/7. Once we reshape your corneas to where you want your vision to be, you shift over to nighttime lenses only, which means you’re free to enjoy each day without reaching for your glasses.

And one of the best aspects about ortho-k is that you can stop the treatment at any time with no long-term consequences since the effect is temporary.

Ortho-k for kids

While many of our adult patients are thrilled with ortho-k, it’s a great treatment for kids between the ages of 8 and 12 who have progressive myopia. Since kids are developing during this time, ortho-k can stop the progression of the myopia and correct the existing condition.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of ortho-k, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 818-853-8132 or request an appointment here on the website.

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