Get ready to throw away your glasses!
Ortho-K Overnight Vision Correction In Middle Village & Mineola, NY has been shown to slow the progression of children’s nearsightedness.
Custom-fitted, gentle vision shaping contact lenses are worn while your child sleeps to temporarily reshape the cornea to improve vision during the day. Your child will be able to see clearly without the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Studies show that the progression of myopia is also slowed with Orthokeratology therapy.
What Is Myopia?
While nearsightedness varies from a little blurry to nearly blind, myopia is an eye condition that many people live with on a daily basis.
Although some procedures are available to help adults correct their myopia, children face a lot more challenges with myopia progression with very few options to stop the decline in visual acuity.
Myopia can lead to various eye diseases
Myopia has been linked to thinning of the retina. This increases the risk of retinal detachments, which can lead to permanent vision loss or blindness.
High myopia significantly increases the risk of cataracts and glaucoma. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness in the adult population worldwide. Adults who have moderate (around -4 diopters) or high myopia have almost 3 times higher risk of glaucoma.
Slowing the progression of Myopia in Children May Save Their Vision!
Children with medium to high myopia are at greatly increased risk for serious eye diseases that can cause vision loss or even blindness later in life. In fact high myopia is the 3rd most common cause for vision loss (see the study). People with high myopia are 126 times more likely to have myopic maculopathy, 44 times more likely to have retinal detachments, 5.5 times more likely to have cataracts and 3.3 times more likely to have glaucoma.
What Are The Benefits Of Orthokeratology?
Fortunately, Orthokeratology or Corneal Refractive Therapy is the leading solution for myopia control. The benefits of this program are numerous. Not to mention that orthokeratology has a high rate of success in children and adults, but the scientific research supports the effectiveness behind orthokeratology.
Children who struggle with reading may feel handicapped or lose confidence when an optometrist fits them with thick eyeglasses. Orthokeratology removes the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses, which boosts confidence and provides the best vision possible. Never face a wrong prescription in glasses ever again!
While parents may hesitate to start their children with contact lenses in general, as the maintenance can be too difficult, orthokeratology or corneal refractive therapy utilizes advanced molds to reshape the cornea overnight. The chances of losing a contact lens are slim compared to standard contact lenses. Plus, the parent can help supervise their children as they start orthokeratology.
What Are The Risks In Orthokeratology?
Risks are minimal. Like with any contact lens device, proper maintenance is key to avoid chances of infection. This is true for adults as well. Since orthokeratology is worn before bedtime, a parent can easily assist their child in caring for their ortho-k lenses to ensure optimal results.
How safe is Orthokeratology or Corneal Refractive Therapy? Orthok received FDA approved with two brands: Paragon Vision & Bausch and Lomb. Not only has the FDA approved their use with children, but orthokeratology has been around for nearly 20 years.
Also, vision correct from orthokeratology is temporary. Even if a child decided to stop Corneal Refractive Therapy, their cornea will remain healthy and restore to its natural shape.
While after a few days, a child’s vision will need to be corrected with standard contact lenses or eyeglasses, the myopia progression will have been slowed down throughout the process.
Ortho-K is safe for children and adults. To see if Orthokeratology is right for you, you will need to schedule an Ortho-K evaluation with your Mineola & Middle Village optometrist.
Practices may rely on Paragon Vision’s “Corneal Refractive Therapy” to help correct nearsightedness in children with myopia under -6 diopters and mild astigmatism. In more advanced cases of myopia or high astigmatism, consult with a contact lens specialist about the alternative options to start myopia control.
While high myopia might be seen as “too late” for some children, orthokeratology can still provide amazing benefits for correcting your child’s vision.
Schedule a consultation with our contact lens specialist to evaluate the health of your child’s eyes.
Children who participate in CRT nearly always achieve 20/20 or better. That means they can read the small print on the blackboard. The ideal goal of orthokeratology is to provide perfect vision without any need for eyeglasses or contacts during the day.
While orthokeratology works to reshape the cornea, results are noticeable almost immediately. However, to achieve the best vision, this requires a few weeks for the reshaping process to settle in.
The cornea will adjust to the new environment, and the effects of orthokeratology can last the whole day and in some cases, even close to 2 days.
Some side effects may occur as they start orthokeratology, and a temporary pair of eyeglasses may be needed. This is more common in adults as children’s eyes adapt quicker in general.
Ortho-K: CRT and VST
Do You Dream of Waking Up to Perfect Vision? With Ortho-K Overnight Sight Correction, (also known as Corneal Reshaping Therapy or Vision Shaping Therapy) you can see naturally and clearly without glasses or contacts all day long.
Ortho-K & Your Child
Nearsightedness, or the technical name Myopia is more and more prevalent in this digital day and age. Ortho-K can slow the progression and give your child the chance to see clearly without the need for glasses or contacts all day long.
Ortho-K & Sports
Are your glasses getting in the way of the game? With Ortho-K, you can get on the field, court or pool without worrying about your vision. See clearly and safely during your sport without the need for glasses or contacts.
Our eye doctors are passionate about myopia control as a means of preventing vision loss in the future. When they realized that myopia in children was growing at such an alarming rate, they decided to offer advanced myopia control techniques such as orthokeratology.
“We consider it our duty as optometrists to educate the public about the dangers of high myopia in children. We have made considerable investments in time and money to bring the most effective methods of myopia control. It is always great to see the smiles on our patients faces when they realize they have great vision without needing glasses or contact lenses during the day”
In addition to orthok, our optometrists’ are also well versed in Scleral Lenses so you can be sure your family is getting the correct treatment.
Seeing is Vital to the Quality of your Life
Eyes are important indicators of overall health, and comprehensive eye care goes beyond a prescription for glasses or contact lenses. At 20/20 Eye Care in Mineola & Middle Village,NY. we take the time to get to know you, your eye care history, and all of your vision needs. Our optometrists provide the expert care, advice, options, and the follow up you need whether you are a new patient or an existing one. Contact us, today!