What is orthokeratology?
Orthokeratology, also known as “Ortho-K”, is a nonsurgical process that improves vision. Ortho-K uses specially designed contact lenses to gently reshape the curvature of the cornea (the front surface of the eye) to bring the eye into correct focus. Lenses are worn overnight and removed in the morning. Vision remains clear the next day, without glasses or contact lenses. It’s custom-fit for each patient.
FDA-approved since 2004, Ortho-K has been experiencing ever-increasing adoption in the U.S. in recent years due to advances in Ortho-K technology and a desire among many people for a non-surgical alternative to LASIK and other refractive eye surgery to correct their vision.
Is Ortho-K right for you?
Ortho-K, non-surgical corneal reshaping with contact lenses, can be performed on people of any age, as long as their eyes are healthy.
Ortho-K offers similar benefits to LASIK, it’s appealing to adolescents and teens, who are not eligible for LASIK. Ortho-K is the best method available to slow the progression of myopia in children, slowing the rate of increase by 40% – 60% or more. This is highly significant, as progressive myopia can increase a child’s risk of a number of sight-threatening eye diseases such as glaucoma and detached retinas.
Ortho-K holds particular appeal for people who participate in sports, or who work in dusty, dirty environments that can cause problems for regular contact lenses.
Ortho-K may be a good option if you suffer from dry eyes. It’s been found that this condition sometimes is worsened by LASIK.
Why WAVE Ortho-K Lenses?
Wave Corneal Molding is the most advanced type of Ortho-K. Using the same wavefront technology as in Wavefront Guided LASIK, a corneal mapping topographer captures 14,000 measurements of the entire corneal shape, and imports them into a highly sophisticated computer software lens design program. Dr. Cheng is a certified WAVE contact lenses designer and utilizes this advanced technology and highly oxygen-permeable lenses to custom design an exact corneal mold of your eye. This results in faster and more accurate myopia reduction, and better vision.