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Ortho-K FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Ortho-K at Our Optometry Clinic in Fenton

Ortho-K, also called orthokeratology or corneal reshaping therapy, is a revolutionary way to provide vision correction to those who are nearsighted. The lenses work by gently reshaping the cornea so that light is correctly focused at the back of the eye. Answered below are some common questions we receive at our optometry clinic in Fenton.

What is orthokeratology?

When we talk about orthokeratology in Fenton, we are talking about getting a prescription for a pair of rigid gas permeable lenses that are worn at night to gently reshape the cornea. These specialty contact lenses fit snugly against the cornea and reshape it while you sleep. The reshaping of the cornea allows the light that enters your eyes to be focused correctly on the back of the eye. This helps individuals see clearly during the day without corrective lenses.

Can Ortho-K be used for nearsightedness treatments?

Ortho-k lenses can be used for nearsightedness treatments in Fenton. In fact, Ortho-K lenses are most often prescribed for myopia treatment, which is nearsightedness. However, these lenses can also be used to treat individuals with astigmatism, farsightedness (hyperopia) and presbyopia, which is a condition that affects people over the age of 40 and makes reading at close distances harder.

How often should I wear my Ortho-K lenses ?

Ortho-K lenses from our optometrist in Fenton MO are worn at night. This means that you will put the lenses into your eyes prior to going to bed and take them out in the morning. During the beginning of your myopia treatment with Ortho-K, you will need to wear your lenses every night in order to ensure that your corneas are properly reshaped. As your treatment progresses, you may be able to wear the lenses less often, usually every other night. Our optometrists can help you determine the right lens wearing schedule.

Can I avoid eye surgery if I wear Ortho-K?

If you are considering LASIK eye surgery or another type of refractive surgery but do not like the risks, Ortho-K in Fenton may be a viable option. Our optometrist in Fenton can help determine if you would benefit from orthokeratology with an eye exam.

Is corneal reshaping therapy reversible?

Corneal reshaping therapy is reversible. Since the lenses are used to reshape the cornea, all you have to do to reverse the process is stop wearing your ortho-k lenses. Your corneas will return to their original shape. However, you will need a different type of vision correction, like glasses or contacts.

How do I schedule an appointment for Ortho-K Lenses with your eye doctor in Fenton?

To schedule an appointment with our eye doctor in Fenton to see is Ortho-k lenses would work for you, call us at 636-305-9600.

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