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Orthokeratology - What are the benefits?

What are the benefits compared to regular contact lenses?

Orthokeratology has several advantages compared to regular contact lenses,

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Progressing myopia- Orthokeratology is one of the few treatments that has been shown to be effective in slowing the progression of shortsightedness. This helps limit the some of the problems that are associated with high myopia, like retinal detachments and glaucoma. See study here

Children- OrthoKeratology can also be a great option for children, as they are only worn at home, meaning that parent can be there to supervise at all times, unlike soft contacts which may come out at school.

Sports - The are great for people who play especially water sports like swimming or surfing, or muddy sports like football or soccer, as there is never any concern about losing the lens or getting dirt under it.

Beach- not wearing a lens means no problems with sand or losing lenses in the water.

Dusty work environments- this makes the great for tradespeople, as lenses are not required to be worn  during the day which  is often when they may become irritated.

Dry eyes- As the OrthoKeratology lenses are only worn at night, wearers experiences significantly less dry eye during the da compared to soft contact lens wearers,, especially those who are spending long hours in air conditioning or on computers. If dry eyes are impacting on your daily life, perhaps you would benefit from a dry eye assessment, which can help determine the underlying cause of dry eye. Find out more here…

Advantages over laser surgery.

At Russo optometry, we have had many patients who we have referred for laser surgery, and believe for the right patient, it can be a great option.

However there are a few people for whom OrthoKeratology may be a better option.

  • Young patients, and those whose prescriptions are still progressing.

  • As OrthoKeratology lenses can be changed as required, it is a great option for those whose prescription is progressing or are too young for laser surgery. It is also completely

- It is also a great option for those who are worried about the safety of  laser surgery, as there is no surgery involved in the treatment, and is completely reversible by simply not wearing the lenses for a few nights.

- Dry eyes- Laser surgery is also usually not a great option for those with dry eyes, as during laser surgery, they actually cut the corneal nerves, which can effect the dryness blink reflex.

- Cost. The cost of OrthoKeratology is less the half of the cost of laser surgery

OrthoKeratology sounds like it would be perfect for me! What's the next step?

Phone or email for an appointment, mentioning you are interested in OrthoKeratology, one of our 4 experienced optometrists will examine your eyes and determine your suitability for Orthokeratology, and answer any questions you may have.  If you are suitable, we can often begin treatment within a week.

Or stay tuned for part 3 where we discuss, how it works, what to expect from the treatment and what costs are involved. Or read some more info on Life without glasses from Part 1.