Yes, it’s that simple. After the final lens fit is achieved and all preliminary adjustments have taken place.
Yes this is safe. There are risks whenever any type of contact lens is worn in the eye. According to research data, the risks associated with OrthoK follow those of soft overnight contact lens wear. For a better and full understanding of the risks associated with Orthok, please contact the office and Dr. Skoner will be happy to discuss with you. You must feel comfortable with this decision.
No, this is not new. The practice of OrthoK has been around since the 1960’s. In the early 2000’s new corneal mapping technology and lens lathe machining allowed for refinement of the technique leading to the first FDA approved lens for overnight Orthokeratology in 2002. Since then, many other brands and lens designs have been FDA approved.
Most patients notice an improvement in vision the first morning after removing their retainers. The next 7 to 14 days is when the best vision correction will be achieved with the current retainers. After that, Dr. Skoner may update your retainers for better vision correction.
During treatment over the first few days, vision can mildly fluctuate. Until ideal vision is achieved, your vision may not be best corrected with old glasses and contacts. Dr. Skoner will work with you to help you figure out the best solution.
Rather than give you general numbers, please call into the office to schedule a complimentary consultation. At that visit, your candidacy will be determined and you will be quoted a price.
The first few times the retainers are worn, lens awareness will be present. You will not know they’re in your eyes while you sleep. They are removed immediately after waking up, so the amount of time for the lens awareness sensation is very limited.
No. This is the beauty of OrthoK. Results are entirely reversible. Retainers need to be worn every night to achieve optimal vision correction. Skipping a night will cause vision to be slightly off the next day. If for any reason you don’t like the vision being achieved from your OrthoK retainers, you can stop wearing them and your vision will revert back to what it was before starting!
Yes, you’ll see well with retainers in the eyes. Should you need to get up in the middle of the night, not a problem!
Lens replacement should occur yearly. There are variables that can influence this and require lenses to be changed more frequently, but most people are yearly.
Yes, OrthoK is FDA approved for temporary vision correction. 2002 was the first FDA approved lens design, since then multiple OrthoK lens designs have been approved for overnight vision correction. Dr. Skoner will determine which lens design is best to help you achieve an optimal outcome. Ortho Eyes does utilize lens designs that are not FDA approved. If your management will involve an non-FDA approved lens, Dr. Skoner will let you know in advance.
Ages 6 years and older can be treated with OrthoK. Stricter candidacy requirements exist for adults.
Yes, totally! Very few people cannot put retainers in their eyes. The retainers are smaller than traditional soft contacts and therefore easier to put in and remove!
Yes Astigmatism can be treated with OrthoK successfully. If you have a high degree of Astigmatism, you may not qualify for treatment.
Yes, OrthoK can treat high vision prescriptions. Remember, we offer complimentary consultations to let you know for sure if you are a good candidate.
OrthoK is a very effective method to achieve clear vision throughout the day. During your complimentary consultation Dr. Skoner will let you know what kind of vision correction you can expect from treatment so there’s no surprises.
OrthoK involves wearing eye retainers (only while you sleep) that correct your vision for all waking hours. This procedure is completely reversible, so if you don’t like the results you can stop at any time. Also, if you’re unsatisfied with the vision it can be adjusted with new lenses. The minimum age for OrthoK is 6 years old, which makes it ideal for children who want to be free from daytime glasses and contacts for natural vision promoting an active lifestyle. OrthoK has benefits that can slow or stop myopia progression.
LASIK involves a surgical procedure that will more or less permanently correct vision. After 12-15 years most people need another refinement surgical procedure. If you’re unhappy with the results, typically you’ll need another surgical procedure to correct vision. The minimum age for LASIK is 18 years old.