Ortho-K lenses are used to reshape the cornea (soft tissue) of the front of the eye and flattens it out to bring the patient’s focus point where it naturally should be for patients to see clear or be at a “0” or “plano” prescription. This is temporary and the cornea could go back to its original shape if the lenses were to be discontinued within 1-2 weeks.
The idea is similar to teeth retainers which are worn at bedtime. Ortho K lenses are only needed to be worn at bedtime for about 7-8 hours per night. Patients should be able to see close to 100% clearly after wearing the lenses for about 1-2 weeks. If patients discontinue ortho k lenses for about 2-3 days, their vision can start becoming blurry again as their cornea returns back to it’s natural shape.
Myopia management therapy is rapidly becoming a first-line treatment for child-onset myopia. The principles and strategies employed at Modern Eye Care of NJ are based on evidence-based guidelines and updated protocols. Schedule your child's myopia consultation today!