The early techniques used in orthokeratology (ortho-k) were considered to be unsuccessful. However, with advancements in science and technology since the introduction of ortho-k in the 1960s, the efficacy and safety of the procedure have significantly improved. Unfortunately, a few misconceptions about ortho-k have survived throughout the years, preventing patients from seeking this type of treatment.
Ortho-K Fittings Are Too Complicated
Ortho-k fittings are sometimes considered to be a difficult and time-consuming process. But while they may take longer than regular contact lens fittings, ortho-k fittings generally involve a simple process with a 75% or higher success rate for the first attempt. In fact, diagnostic fittings that use a wavefront device are known to be more accurate in creating a map of the surface of the eyes. This ensures a customized design, giving you peace of mind that your ortho-k lenses will be safe and effective.
Ortho-K Is a Waste of Time Since It’s Not a Permanent Solution
It’s true that experts don’t consider ortho-k as a permanent solution. However, even though its effects are not long-lasting, many people still find it beneficial as it allows you to have a clear daytime vision without going through surgery. That said, it’s important to manage your expectations with a non-surgical eye treatment like orthokeratology. Ask your eye doctor about the process so that you can make a well-informed decision.
The Cornea Gets Squished
This is likely due to the original concept of orthokeratology, where lenses are supposed to be fitted by applying apical bearing and pressure to the cornea. However, it should be noted that modern ortho-k no longer works this way.
With today’s ortho-k procedure, hydraulic forces beneath the contact lens (which involves the natural fluids of the eyes) are used to reshape the cornea. This reshaping may sound scary, but it’s safe and only temporary. Moreover, it is done because the upper area over the pupil tends to be thinner than the surrounding areas. When you remove the ortho-k lens, the cornea returns to its original shape.
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