Although prescription eyeglasses can correct myopia, other options for managing myopia in children are available. Orthokeratology, also known as Ortho-k, is a myopia treatment that entails wearing specialized gas permeable contacts overnight to correct your sight. These contacts gently reshape the cornea as the patient sleeps for clearer vision during the day. At Eye Gallery, Prosper, TX, we offer Ortho-k services as an effective myopia management option.
Orthokeratology is a viable option for children with myopia as it helps prevent the progression of this condition. However, anyone with myopia can benefit from this treatment. If you don’t qualify for LASIK surgery and want an alternative to eyeglasses or contacts to correct myopia, our Prosper optometrists may recommend Ortho-k. After a comprehensive eye exam, our eye doctors can determine if Ortho-k is a good fit for you or your child.
How Ortho-k Works
Our Prosper eye doctors will perform an eye exam and other tests to assess your eye health, prescription, and other qualifications for Ortho-k treatment. If you are a good candidate, we’ll prescribe Ortho-k lenses for your use at night while you sleep. These lenses will gently alter the shape of the cornea for clearer sight. When you awake, you will notice that your vision has improved. It may take several weeks before you experience the full effects of this treatment. In the interim period, you may need to wear temporary glasses or contacts for tasks like driving that require good sight.
The effects of Ortho-k treatments aren’t permanent. If you decide to stop your treatment, your myopia will return. To maintain good vision, you have to continue wearing the lenses nightly or every other night, depending on your prescription. Once you’ve worn the Ortho-k lenses for the appropriate amount of time, you can enjoy good vision all day without the use of corrective lenses to improve your sight. When supervised by a qualified eye doctor, Ortho-k is a safe, effective means of correcting myopic symptoms and improving the quality of your sight.
Visit Us for Your Next Eye Exam in Prosper, TX
To learn more about Ortho-k or to see if you’re a good candidate for this treatment, contact Eye Gallery in Prosper at 214-305-4020. Our optometry team will find the right treatment for proper eye and vision care for you or your child.