TOP QUESTIONS FROM PATIENTS
Can children wear contact lenses?
A typical age that children start to wear contact lenses is age 10, however, there are children as young as infants and toddlers that may wear contact lenses effectively and safely.
When using ortho-k, how long will I be able to see without lenses?
You should be able to see acceptably well without glasses or contact lenses for a day or two, sometimes longer. For best results, you should wear your ortho-k lenses every night.
Am I a good candidate for ortho-k?
Most people with mild to moderate myopia (with or without mild astigmatism) are good candidates for ortho-k.
Because the corneal reshaping effect is temporary, little risk is involved, and you can discontinue wearing the lenses at any time — provided you are willing to start wearing glasses or contacts again when your myopia returns!
Children and young adults who want to be glasses-free but are too young for LASIK or are not good candidates for refractive surgery for other reasons (e.g., dry eyes) often are good candidates for ortho-k. People who participate in contact sports or work in dusty environments that can pose problems for contact lens wear also can be good candidates.
How long does it take to reach maximum effect with ortho-k?
This depends on many factors, especially the amount of nearsightedness (and possibly astigmatism) you have when you begin the ortho-k process.
Some people can have excellent vision after a day or two of overnight ortho-k. But for higher prescriptions, it can take two weeks or longer for maximum correction.
Until your eyes are fully corrected, you might notice blurred vision and glare and halos around lights. In some cases, you may need to wear glasses (with a lesser prescription than you originally had) during the ortho-k process. Also, in some cases, mild glare and halos might persist even after maximum ortho-k correction.