Our office is proud to offer the Fort Worth area with the option of Orthokeratology for vision correction. Orthokeratology, commonly called ortho-k, is a method used to correct myopia (nearsightedness) by wearing rigid gas permeable contact lenses overnight so that no vision correction is needed during daytime hours. Those who struggle to see objects that are far away may benefit from this treatment as an alternative to traditional glasses or contact lenses.
Gas permeable (GP) lens retainers specialized for ortho-k are inserted at bedtime and worn as you sleep. Throughout the night, the retainers reshape your cornea gently so that your vision becomes clear on the following morning. The correction is temporary, and ideally, no eyeglasses or contact lenses will be needed on the next day or two. In order to maintain sharp visual acuity on a daily basis, you need to wear the ortho-k retainers every night.
At present, three brands of orthokeratology contact lenses are approved for use by the FDA. Euclid Emerald, usually prescribed for myopia control, Paragon Vision Sciences, which produces “Corneal Refractive Therapy” (CRT), and Bausch and Lomb, who manufactures “Vision Shaping Treatment” (VST).