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Learn How Ortho-k Reshapes Your Eyes

Orthokeratology, also known as ortho-k, Vision Shaping Treatment, and Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT), is a non-invasive way to correct vision with specialized contact lenses. Ortho-k lenses can provide sharp vision to people with myopia– without wearing any daytime eyewear or having surgery.

If you find eyeglasses and daytime contacts to be a nuisance, and if LASIK is not a suitable solution, orthokeratology can be a dream come true. Our eye doctors are experienced with fitting ortho-k lenses. We serve Seattle and all surrounding neighborhoods.

Basics of Ortho-k for Adults

Before bedtime, you insert customized rigid gas permeable contact lenses. After a few days, not only will you be able to adjust to the new lenses before sleeping, but the ortho-k lenses gently reshape your eyes as you sleep, flattening and molding your cornea. This form of myopia correction is FDA approved for myopia control in children, so it’s safe and effective.

When you wake up in the morning, you remove the lenses to see crisp and clear – without wearing eyeglasses or standard contact lenses! Plus, your eyes retain their healthy shape for years to come! LASIK surgery merely flattens the surface, but your eyes will still change due to prescription changes, so your eyes will lose their healthy shape!

The effects of ortho-k can last into a patient’s 50’s and ’60s, unlike LASIK’s effects which change over time. The effects of ortho-k are guaranteed!

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Candidacy for Ortho-k in Adults

In general, if you have mild to moderate nearsightedness and your eyes are healthy, orthokeratology can be an appropriate and effective option. Age does not matter; ortho-k is regarded safe for children above five years old and beyond 60. The gas permeable lenses are reported by our patients to be comfortable even with patients with dry eye symptoms.

People with a lens power less than -6.00 diopters and astigmatism less than -1.75 diopters usually experience the best results. Call to book an eye exam in our optometry office; we welcome patients from the entire Seattle region.

Side Effects & Safety of Ortho-k

When you first begin with orthokeratology, you may see starbursts and halos around lights, or experience glare – especially when in darkness. However, these possible side effects are usually short-lived. Our Seattle ortho-k patients generally report that within a few days, these side effects clear up. As for comfort, ortho-k lenses are worn while sleeping, and most people never even feel that they are there.

Paragon CRT contact lenses are FDA-approved and safe for eye health. In sum, ortho-k reshapes your eyes to bring your vision into focus overnight – using a safe, comfortable, and painless system.

Advantages of Vision Shaping

  • Sharp vision without eyeglasses or daytime contact lenses
  • Most people are good candidates for ortho-k, even when LASIK isn’t an option
  • Sports players can have clear eyesight and wide peripheral vision, without bothersome eyewear
  • Comfortable for people who spend extended time in dry, dusty environments
  • Myopia control for even adults! – Decreases the need for new prescription lenses each year
  • Safe and reversible
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Orthokeratology and Myopia Control

A number of studies have shown how ortho-k lenses can suppress elongation of the eye. This action can slow or stop the progression of nearsightedness. If you want to stop wearing glasses or contacts and avoid a more powerful prescription after every eye exam, our Seattle eye doctor recommends you consider orthokeratology for myopia correction.

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Tukwila | Renton | Kent | Seattle | and the state of Washington