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Imagine having your eyesight corrected without having to undergo eye surgery. With orthokeratolgy, or ortho-k, you can do just that. At Compass Eye Care we offer the most up-to-date treatments for vision correction, and ortho-k is fast becoming one of the most popular vision correction methods in the world. It eliminates the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses during the day while avoiding surgical procedures that would normally be needed. If you live in the vicinity of Oak Park ortho-k may be the ideal way to finally have normal vision and throw away those glasses or contacts.
With ortho-k, our eye doctor will fit specially shaped contact lenses that you wear overnight. These rigid gas permeable lenses gently reshape your corneas, or the front surfaces of your eyes. When you wake up and remove the contact lenses, you can see normally for 24-48 hours.
Orthokeratology is useful on two fronts. For most people, it's a way to improve their eyesight without having to resort to wearing contact lenses or eyeglasses during the day. For children, though, ortho-k is a way to show the progression of myopia, or nearsightedness. Severe cases of myopia can affect children's schoolwork and their ability to participate in classroom activities. By having your child use ortho-k lenses every night, we can slow or almost stop the progression of myopia, delaying that time when she'll need to wear strong prescription lenses.
Orthokeratology works best at correcting myopia for all patients, but it can also have good results on correcting farsightedness and astigmatism in adults. Each patient is different, depending on his particular vision prescription, so no two results will be the same. Our Oak Park eye doctor can give you a better idea of how much correction is possible for your eyes.
Your eyes will stay in the corrected state for 24 to 48 hours, although we recommend you wear the lenses every night.
Patients with mild to moderate myopia make the best ortho-k candidates.
Orthokeratology is a good alternative vision correction system for those who play sports or who work in dusty environments. Glasses or contact lenses aren't always a good alternative for these patients, while ortho-k can do the job without any side effects.
The typical result from ortho-k is correcting your eyes to 20/40 or better, which is legal for driving in most states.
If you have any questions about ortho-k, or if you'd like to make an appointment to speak with our doctor, give us a call at (708) 258-1065. We'll set an appointment that fits in with your busy lifestyle and start you on your way to pain-free vision correction.