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Ortho-K FAQs

Orthokeratology Doctor in Houston

1. What is Ortho-K?

Orthokeratology, also known as Ortho-K, and Corneal Reshaping Therapy (CRT), among other names, is a process of gently redefining the front-most surface of the eye to allow clear vision throughout the day without the need for glasses or contact lenses. This is accomplished through the wearing of rigid corneal molds while one sleeps. The effect is temporary. It will not result in permanent correction or change of prescription if the molds are no longer worn.

2. Is Ortho-K safe?

Research indicates the same risks and frequency of complications for Ortho-K as other types of overnight contact lens wear. It is a fully reversible procedure, so once wear is ceased, prescription will return to its original level.

3. Can individuals be too young or too old for Ortho-K?

There are no age restrictions, and most children have the dexterity to insert and remove molds independently by 8 years old. Since Ortho-K is an effective tool to slow down childhood myopia, we recommend it as soon as myopia progression is diagnosed and the child and parents are interested. Suction devices are often used for application and removal, making fine motor difficulties in adults rarely an impediment.

4. What does it feel like?

The molds may feel scratchy if they are worn during waking hours. They are designed for closed-eye wear. Initial awareness typically diminishes over the first week.

5. How long does it take to see results?

Most people see a noticeable difference in their vision after just one night with full effect generally achieved in 7-14 days. The higher the initial prescription the longer it will take until stable and maximum effectiveness is reached.

6. Can I see with the molds on?

Absolutely! Although they don’t have “power” in the traditional sense of a contact lens, they allow clear vision when they are worn. Wearing them during the day is not recommended, however, due to issues involving comfort and the difference in fit under open-eye and closed-eye conditions

7. How often do molds need to be replaced?

We recommend mold replacement on an annual basis to avoid problems before they occur, as even subtle warpage can significantly alter mold effectiveness.

Source: stevejacobsod

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