Orthokeratology (ortho-k) is one of the most reliable treatments that can improve your child’s vision. But how do these lenses work?
Ortho-K and Age Restrictions
There are no age restrictions for using ortho-k lenses. Children as young as six years old can have successful results. That said, ortho-k is a great option to consider, especially for active pre-teens and teenagers whose use of eyeglasses during daytime may be cumbersome.
Ortho-K Lenses vs. Soft Disposable Lenses
The main difference between ortho-k lenses and soft disposable lenses is the material. Ortho-k lenses are made from oxygen-permeable material, and they typically have a unique design that makes the reshaping of the corneal tissue possible.
When to Use Ortho-K Lenses
During the initial period, your child’s optometrist may require wearing the ortho-k lenses every night. But once vision correction stabilizes, your child can transition into wearing the lenses every other night. Make sure to consult with the doctor before making any changes and stay up-to-date with your child’s progress on vision correction.
Effectiveness of Ortho-K Lenses
For most patients, 50% to 70% of the required correction can be achieved after the first night of wearing ortho-k lenses. However, in order to achieve optimal and stable vision, you may need to wait for 10 to 14 days of treatment depending on the doctor’s prescription.
If you have more questions about ortho-k, your trusted eye doctor at Advanced Eyecare Consultants can help you figure out whether it’s the right treatment for your child. Our services include children’s eye exams, eye disease treatment and more. Call us at our Lake Zurich office at (847) 438-7700 or Libertyville office at (847) 680-8484. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Gurnee and Vernon Hills, IL.