Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K, is a non-surgical procedure that uses specially designed contact lenses to reshape the cornea overnight, temporarily correcting nearsightedness or myopia.
Despite its effectiveness, there are still many misconceptions surrounding this procedure. In this article, we will debunk five common myths about Ortho-K that you should stop believing.
Myth #1: Ortho-K is Painful
One of the most common myths about Ortho-K is that it is painful. The truth is that Ortho-K is a painless and non-invasive procedure.
The contact lenses used in Ortho-K are made of a gas-permeable material that allows oxygen to reach the cornea. They are also designed to fit snugly on the eye, which may cause slight discomfort during the initial fitting, but not pain.
Myth #2: Ortho-K is Only for Adults
Another common myth about Ortho-K is that it is only for adults. The truth is that Ortho-K is safe and effective for children and adults alike. In fact, Ortho-K can be especially beneficial for children who are not yet eligible for LASIK surgery or those who are not comfortable wearing glasses or contact lenses during the day.
Ortho-K can also slow down the progression of myopia in children, reducing the risk of eye diseases in the future.
Myth #3: Ortho-K is a Permanent Solution
Some people believe that Ortho-K is a permanent solution for myopia. However, the truth is that Ortho-K is a temporary solution that requires daily wear of the contact lenses.
The effects of Ortho-K can last for up to two days, but after that, the cornea will gradually return to its original shape, and the vision will become blurry again. To maintain the effects of Ortho-K, patients must wear the contact lenses every night.
Myth #4: Ortho-K is Expensive
Ortho-K is often perceived as an expensive procedure, but the truth is that it is a cost-effective alternative to LASIK surgery and a long-term investment in your eye health. Although the initial cost of Ortho-K may be higher than traditional contact lenses, it can save you money in the long run by reducing the need for glasses or contact lenses during the day.
Ortho-K can also slow down the progression of myopia, reducing the risk of eye diseases in the future and saving you money on eye treatments.
Myth #5: Ortho-K is Risky
Finally, some people believe that Ortho-K is a risky procedure that can cause serious complications. However, the truth is that Ortho-K is a safe and FDA-approved procedure that has been used for over two decades.
Like any contact lens, Ortho-K may cause minor side effects such as dry eyes or discomfort during the initial fitting, but these side effects are temporary and will usually resolve within a few days. As long as patients follow the instructions of their eye doctor and maintain good hygiene practices, the risk of complications is low.
Ortho-K is a safe, effective, and non-invasive procedure that can help correct myopia, especially in children. It is painless, suitable for both children and adults and a cost-effective alternative to traditional glasses or contact lenses. It is not a permanent solution and requires daily wear of contact lenses.
If you’re looking for a safe and effective way to reshape your cornea and correct nearsightedness, consider Fenton Family Eyecare. We offer eye reshaping through Orthokeratology (Ortho-K). Get in touch with us today to take the first step towards clearer vision and healthier eyes.