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Is Ortho-K Right for You?

Is Ortho-K Right for You? What Your Woodstock Optometrist Wants You to Know


When you visit Oxford Optometry, our team will work to ensure you have the best quality of vision possible. Our goal is always to help you have the vision you want and need. For some patients, Ortho-K is an excellent solution. The only way to know for sure if this is the right option for you is to work closely with your Woodstock optometrist during an exam to determine if this is the right option for your goals.

What Is Ortho-K?

Ortho-K is a type of contact lens that is worn only at night. During the time lens is in place, it will work to adjust the shape of the cornea or the outer lens of the eye. This doesn’t hurt – you will not feel it. However, when you wake up in the morning, you’ll be able to remove the lens from your eye. Because of the technology used, the shape of your cornea is now altered, and your vision is now improved. You can go without the use of contact lenses throughout the day. You’ll need to wear the lenses each night to see this benefit.

This type of corneal reshaping is not permanent, but it does allow individuals to go without the use of eyeglasses or contact lenses throughout the day. For individuals who do not want the hassle of prescription eyewear during the day, Ortho-K seems like a good fit.

Who May Qualify for Ortho-K?

Ortho-K is very versatile. It can help many individuals to have near-perfect vision throughout the day. However, it isn’t right for everyone. Here are a few things to know:

  • This type of corneal reshaping is often beneficial to those who have nearsightedness. It can help those with astigmatism and hyperopia as well.
  • It can correct presbyopia in some cases.
  • During early childhood, the use of Ortho-K can help to slow the progression of myopia.

Individuals who may not be a good candidate for LASIK eye correction surgery or those who do not want to use LASIK, may still benefit from the use of Ortho-K. If you work in a dusty environment or play contact sports, Ortho-K can be an excellent option for when eyeglasses or traditional contact lenses are not a good fit.

How to Learn If Ortho-K Is Right for You?

The only way to know if Ortho-K can be right for your needs is to visit your optometrist for a specialized eye exam. We’ll talk about how these contacts work and what you can expect from the temporary use of these contacts. You’ll come in for an Ortho-K fitting that will ensure the lenses are specially designed to correct your vision needs. This process doesn’t take long, but it does ensure the very best outcome possible. It’s likely you will be able to achieve 20/20 vision, but some people may see less overall improvement.

Schedule an Ortho-K Consultation with Your Woodstock Optometrist Today

To learn more, visit your Ortho-K team at Oxford Optometry. Your Woodstock optometrist can offer you the help you need to know if this treatment is right for you.