Learn About the New Technology That Corrects Nearsightedness While You Sleep

Correct vision while you sleep

Would you jump at the chance to correct nearsightedness while you sleep? It really is possible! You can retire your daytime eyewear when you take advantage of an innovative treatment called orthokeratology, or ortho-k.

The team at Opulent Eyes Optometry can fit your eyes for ortho-k contact lenses. Simply wear them at night, and you can go through the day with near-perfect vision. Ortho-k is also an effective way to stop the progression of nearsightedness in children and adolescents.

Correct nearsightedness to save your child’s eyesight

When you have nearsightedness or myopia, you can see close-up objects, but objects in the distance appear blurry. This type of refractive error typically begins in childhood and stabilizes in early adulthood.

In the meantime, nearsightedness can progressively worsen throughout your child’s school years, including high school. In some cases, a second phase of worsening occurs during their 20s and 30s.

Myopia progression is a real concern for some children because it may increase their risk for eye problems as adults. A mild case of myopia usually doesn’t pose a long-term problem. But cases of moderate or high myopia can raise the risk of developing glaucoma, early cataracts, retinal detachment, and progressive retinal degeneration.

High myopia, also called pathologic myopia, tends to develop at a very early age and progress year after year.

The good news is that orthokeratology corrects the problem and also helps stop progression.

Complete guide to orthokeratology

Ortho-k uses specially designed gas-permeable contact lenses to correct nearsightedness. When you get ortho-k contacts, you wear them while you sleep. Gentle pressure from the contacts reshapes your cornea, flattening it just enough to improve your vision.

You take the contacts out in the morning and the effect lasts throughout the day, so you can see without wearing eyeglasses or regular contact lenses. To maintain your new vision, you only need to keep using your ortho-k contacts every night.

Ortho-k contacts are safe to wear while you sleep because the gas-permeable lenses are breathable, which means they allow oxygen to pass through the hard lens. Since your cornea doesn’t contain blood vessels, it depends on air flow to get the oxygen it needs to stay healthy.

Orthokeratology treatment for nearsightedness

Here at Opulent Eyes Optometry, your ortho-k lenses are customized to fit your eyes. We start by measuring the curvature of each cornea. If we have ortho-k contacts here in the office that fit your eyes, you can get your contacts the same day. Otherwise, we’ll order your lenses.

At the start of your treatment, you wear a series of ortho-k contacts that gradually reshape the cornea. Once your vision improves, you wear a contact lens to maintain that corneal shape.

Some patients have a dramatic improvement in their vision after one or two nights of wearing their ortho-k contacts. For most patients, however, it takes a few weeks to reach optimal correction. During this beginning stage, we may prescribe eyeglasses to wear during the day.

Results you can expect to achieve

For starters, ortho-k stops nearsightedness from worsening for many children and adolescents. But what about vision improvement? It’s realistic to expect your vision to improve to 20/40 or better.

A study conducted for one brand of ortho-k contacts reported that 93% of patients with ortho-k contacts achieved 20/32 vision or better and 67% regained 20/20 vision during the day. Meanwhile, another study using a different brand found that 95% achieved 20/40 or better and 73% had 20/20 vision.

Here at Opulent Eyes Optometry, we’ve helped many patients correct their nearsightedness while they sleep by fitting them with ortho-k contact lenses. If you’d like to learn whether they’ll help your vision, or you’re worried about your child’s vision, call the office or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.

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