It sounds almost too good to be true, doesn’t it? That you can wake up to clear vision and go about your day without your trusted specs or contact lenses. In fact, if you’ve relied on vision correction for a long time, it may seem almost alien.
Usually, if you want to ditch the glasses or contact lenses you’d need to consider laser eye surgery. This can be great because it means that after the procedure you should be glasses-free for life (or until you need reading glasses). However, not only is this option costly, but it comes with its dangers too. As you know, your eyes are precious and very delicate; having a precision laser is risky at best. Yes, most procedures go without a hitch, but do you really want to risk your sight for the sake of convenience?
Finally, we have an alternative solution for you; a solution that doesn’t involve expensive procedures or risky operations. This solution is Ortho-K.
Ortho-K – or Orthokeratology – is a type of contact lens that you wear overnight and remove in the morning, leaving you with clear, crisp vision all day long. While you sleep, this clever lens works to gently reshape your cornea (the front part of your eye) to reduce low to moderate levels of myopia (short-sightedness).
The lens temporarily corrects your vision so that you can spend each day free from specs or contacts, but you can also see clearly with the Ortho-K lenses in, meaning you benefit from perfect vision 24 hours a day. If you stop wearing the lenses at night, your cornea will slowly fall back into its natural shape, meaning that your vision will return to what is normal for you (your prescription will remain the same). This makes it simple to trial Ortho-K lenses without needing to commit to them for life.
Ortho-K lenses work best for people who have a prescription of up to -6.00D of myopia, or up to -1.75D of astigmatism. It’s especially beneficial for people who play a lot of sports or swim regularly, because you don’t have to worry about spectacles moving around on your face, steaming up, or getting broken or regular contacts getting lost or damaged.
It can also be great for children because, if they’re young enough, it can actually work to re-shape their eyes, reversing myopia to some degree.
If you’re interested in this revolutionary vision correction then it’s really easy to get started. You simply need to speak to your optician (if they offer Ortho-K; Eye Emporium does!) and tell them you’re interested. You will then be assessed for suitability and, all being well, your Ortho-K lenses will then be made.
At another appointment, your optician will teach you how to use the lenses; if you have worn regular contact lenses in the past you may already be familiar with how to insert and remove them. They will also teach you the best way to look after your Ortho-K lenses, how to correctly store them, and answer any questions that you may have about using the lenses. Your opticians will also always be on hand to address any queries you may have when you first start using the lenses.
As with any contact lenses, you need to ensure that Ortho-K lenses are handled correctly to avoid any damage to your eyes. For this reason it’s extremely important that you fully understand how to care for your lenses, both when they’re in use and when they’re not.
So what are you waiting for? Perfect vision is just around the corner! For more information on Ortho-K, or to arrange a consultation, simply call your friendly experts at Eye Emporium, on 0800 020 9202.