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What You Should Know About Night Blindness

If you don’t see well while driving at night, there’s a chance you have night blindness. Night blindness, or nyctalopia, is the inability to see well at night or in dim lighting. It’s not considered an eye disease, but rather a symptom of an underlying problem.  

Our eye doctor can help diagnose, manage and treat your night blindness so that you can enjoy being out at night again. 

Here are 4 things you should know about night blindness:

Causes of Night Blindness 

The inability to see well at night can be the result of a condition such as:

Vitamin A Deficiency — Vitamin A helps keep your cornea, the layer at the front of your eye, clear; it’s also an important component of rhodopsin, a protein that enables you to see in low light conditions. Although uncommon in North America, deficiency of this vitamin can induce night blindness. 

Cataracts — A buildup of protein clouds the eye’s lens, leading to impaired vision, especially at night and in poor lighting conditions.

Diabetic Retinopathy — Damage to the eyes’ blood vessels and nerves can result in vision loss, including difficulty seeing at night.  

Glaucoma — This group of eye diseases is associated with pressure build-up in the eye that damages the optic nerve. Both glaucoma and the medications used to treat it can cause night blindness. 

Myopia — Also called nearsightedness, myopia makes distant objects appear blurry, and patients with it describe a starburst effect around lights at night.

Keratoconus — An irregularly shaped cornea causes blurred vision and may involve sensitivity to light and glare which tend to be worse at night.

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) — A progressive genetic eye disease which can be associated with other diseases, RP leads to night blindness and peripheral vision loss.

Usher Syndrome — This genetic condition causes both hearing loss and vision loss, including night blindness and RP, mentioned above.

Symptoms of Nyctalopia

Since night blindness is a symptom of some serious vision problems, it’s important to get your eyes checked regularly to ensure that everything is in good working order. Contact your eye doctor as soon as possible if you notice that you don’t see as well in dim light as you used to, such as when driving at night or when adjusting from being outdoors in the sunshine to being indoors. 

Symptoms of Night Blindness Include:

  • Reduced contrast sensitivity
  • Difficulty seeing people outdoors at night
  • Difficulty seeing in places with dim lighting, like a movie theater
  • Trouble adapting to the dark while driving
  • Excessive squinting at night 
  • Trouble adjusting from bright areas to darker ones 

Treatments for Night Blindness

Your eye doctor will want to diagnose the cause of your night blindness in order to treat it. For example, in the rare case of vitamin A deficiency, it can be treated with vitamin supplements and vitamin-A rich foods; myopia can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Other conditions may require medications or surgery. 

If night blindness is caused by a birth defect, Usher syndrome, or retinitis pigmentosa, low vision aids and devices can help you make the most of your remaining vision. 


While there is no proven way to prevent night blindness resulting from genetic conditions or birth defects, consuming healthy, nourishing foods and taking certain vitamin supplements may prevent or slow the onset of some eye conditions that cause night blindness. 

If you experience poor vision at night or in dim lighting, we can help. Contact Innovative Eyecare in Tukwila to schedule your appointment today. 

How Can My Child’s Myopia Be Corrected?

At Innovative Eyecare, we help children like yours achieve clear and comfortable vision, so they can succeed at the important things in life.

Methods of Myopia Correction

Contact Lenses 

Contacts can be a great choice, especially for physically active children or teens who don’t want to worry about breaking or misplacing their eyeglasses. In some cases of very high myopia, contact lenses can offer clearer vision than glasses. 

Corrective contact lenses are usually placed in the eyes upon waking and removed at night before bedtime. There are several types, including: soft contacts, daily disposables, extended wear, and rigid gas permeable (hard) lenses. Navigating through the differences between them can be daunting. Fortunately, if you’re located in Tukwila our eye doctor will be happy to guide you. Speak with Dr. Patricia Jitodai to determine whether your child is ready for contact lenses. 

Prescription Glasses 

Glasses are a popular choice among our younger patients. Choosing from an array of styles makes the process fun and exciting! Allowing the children to be active participants in selecting their eyewear increases the likelihood that they’ll actually wear them. There are strong, flexible and resilient frames which look great and are comfortable too.

The optician can customize the lenses with additions and upgrades like impact-resistant or shatter-proof materials, scratch-resistant and anti-reflective coatings, UV filters, and transition lenses that darken in the sun. For those requiring vision correction for distance and near, we also offer bifocal or multifocal lens prescriptions. 

We Can Help Correct Your Child’s Myopia 

If you’re located near Tukwila, Washington , an eye exam with our optometrist can determine your child’s exact prescription, and give you the opportunity to receive answers to any questions you may have about your child’s eye health and vision. Progressive myopia, where a growing child’s prescription continues to worsen, is why it’s important for myopic children to undergo eye exams at least once a year. 

At Innovative Eyecare, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to recommend the most suitable method of correcting your child’s myopia to meet his or her individual needs. Thanks to the wide range options available, your child will walk away with eyewear that will not only enhance his or her style but will also be a boost of confidence. 

Let us help your child see the world in a whole new light. To schedule your child’s annual eye exam or if you have any further questions, contact Innovative Eyecare at 206-508-4700 today. 

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Vision Correction

Did you know that nearly 9 and a half million American adults have myopia? That’s nearly 4% of all adults in the entire country! 30% of Canadians have the condition, as well, making it one of the most common vision problems globally—and these numbers are on the rise.

At Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center, Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD and the staff help patients with their vision correction needs. If you or a loved one have any vision difficulties, we can help.

All You Need To Know About Vision Correction

Vision Correction is used to correct refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (when light enters the eye incorrectly), or presbyopia (farsightedness due to aging).

What Is A Refractive Error?

The ability to see images or objects with clear, sharp vision results from light entering the eye. Light rays bend or refract when they hit the retina, sending nerve signals to the optic nerve, which then sends these signals to the brain. The brain processes them into images, allowing you to understand what you see. When these light rays bend incorrectly, it results in a refractive error and typically causes blurry or cloudy vision.

Your eye doctor will often prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct the vision impairment. Glasses and contacts enhance your vision by shifting the way that images enter your eyes. They refract light properly, so that your brain processes images correctly, resulting in clear vision. However, corrective lenses do not cure vision problems; they simply enhance your existing vision.

What Is Considered “Vision Correction”?

Since the primary cause of vision problems is caused by light bending incorrectly as it enters the eye, virtually any method of treatment that changes this can be categorized as a form of vision correction.

Eyeglasses and contact lenses – the most common types of corrective measures – are almost always recommended as the first course of treatment for vision problems. While they are considered a very basic method of vision correction, they are unable to control the refractive error from progressing. Patients whose vision worsens over time need new glasses or contacts. In these cases, longer-term solutions are needed.

Deciding upon the right course of treatment for refractive errors can depend on several factors such as age, your lifestyle and daily activities, eye health, and overall physical health. Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD will conduct a thorough eye exam and discuss your and your family’s medical history to get a complete picture of your vision needs.

The Benefits Of Vision Correction Without Surgery

When eye surgery is performed and the corneal tissue – or the cornea itself – is repaired or reshaped, it is generally permanent. Surgical procedures are matters of a serious nature and are often the last resort, when all other vision correction options have been exhausted. That’s why most doctors recommend non-surgical treatment methods first.

teen smiling 6 640Some of the benefits of non-surgical vision correction include:

  • Less invasive: surgery is an invasive procedure which involves corneal incisions, whereas non-surgical corrective treatments are less intense with lower risks
  • Not permanent, so it’s easier to try different treatment methods to find which ones work for your needs
  • LASIK has ZERO guarantees for how many years you’ll enjoy 20/20 vision. Whether you have 1 year or 10 years is completely up to your eyes. Orthokeratology, however, provides guaranteed 20/20 vision or better as long as you wear the lenses.
  • Orthokeratology can correct both near and far vision. LASIK is only for nearsightedness.
  • Some patients may not be good candidates for eye surgery due to age, a thin cornea, or the presence of other viruses or eye conditions. For example, a patient with chronic dry eyes could be ineligible for LASIK, since this surgery can exacerbate symptoms of Dry Eye.

Vision Correction is Safe For Kids As Young As 6 And For Adults Over 60!

Non-surgical vision correction is safe for children as young as 6 and adults over the age of 60.

Some vision correction surgeries cannot be performed on patients under 21 years old. Kids’ eyes are still developing and their vision is unstable, so most doctors prefer to wait until their young patients’ eyes stabilize before considering surgical vision correction.

As we age, our vision changes. Typically beginning in middle-age, the lens of the eye begins to lose some elasticity causing presbyopia, a form of farsightedness. Presbyopia can be treated with corrective lenses, including multifocal lenses. Multifocal lenses have various degrees of lens power, which helps the patient experience clear vision in any direction – up, down, and to the sides.

If you or a family member needs vision correction and you’re looking for a safe, risk-free treatment, contact Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center to schedule a consultation.

Vision Correction Is Good For Athletes, Travelers & Business Leaders


Competitive sports is more than just a game. The ability to see clearly from both near and far distances is critical in sports. Athletes with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism can’t play well if they can’t see well. The right vision correction can provide the visual clarity that serious athletes need to play and win!

People Who Travel

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, air travel can lead to dry eyes. This is due to the air pressure and dry environment that’s inside of the airplane cabin. Some people find that administering artificial tears provides the relief they need. If you generally wear contact lenses, swap them for glasses during the flight to avoid painful dry eyes. This is especially important for long, international flights.

People Who Need That Edge In Business

In the digital age, we enjoy constant connectivity to our smartphones, computers, and tablets. For business people with vision problems, who need to remain connected with a high level of visual clarity, getting the right vision correction treatment is not only beneficial for their visual health, but for their jobs.

So if you need to be at the top of your game in business, talk to Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, ODabout your vision needs. We’ll focus on improving your vision, so you can focus on your business.

If you suffer from vision problems, contact Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center. Our caring staff will provide you with the best vision correction treatment that’s right for you.

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Are you Aware of the Costs of Vision Correction? Consider Orthokeratology! Renton, WA

girl glasses 1280x853The costs of eyewear and general eye care services can vary year to year depending on the changes in prescription, medical eye care needs, and even choice of fashion. While some adventurous individuals invest in designer brands of eyewear, others dip their wallet into the various contact lens options spending nearly a thousand dollars yearly.

Although increased costs generally provide unique benefits or a more fashionable appearance, vision correction such as through ortho-k lenses can be just as affordable and easy to maintain. When browsing through the various prices and shopping for bargains, most practices that provide orthokeratology require an orthokeratology consultation to assess the health of your cornea, a variety of specific measurements, and ultimately prescribe the unique contact lens solution for your pair of eyes.

Each pair of ortho-k lenses are unique to your visual requirements, so the cost of the evaluations required make for a higher initial investment. Fortunately, the costs beyond the first fitting are far more affordable and can be with a practice like , we’re able to support your budget and make vision correction a reality.

Achieving 20/20 or perfect vision has never been more available to both children and adults that have a competitive price for purchasing daily contact lenses every year.

Why do costs for orthokeratology differ between practices? Not every eye doctor is as experienced or utilizes the same advanced technology as . Some provide ortho-k lenses using cheaper lenses that are less customizable or durable, requiring replacements sooner.

Want to take the first step in vision correction without surgery for you or your child? Contact our practice, today.


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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Soft Multifocal Contacts For Myopia Management In Tukwila, Washington

Myopia, also referred to as nearsightedness or short-sightedness, causes the eye to elongate from early childhood into the late teens. This elongation of the eye causes visual input (what your child sees) to focus in the front of the retina rather than on the retina proper. This is what causes poor distance vision and usually requires a new prescription at least once every year.

Regular glasses or contact lenses adjust for the poor focus, but do nothing to address the elongation of the eye itself and don’t slow the progression.

What many people don’t know is that myopia is dangerous. The more aggressive the progression, the more likely your child is to develop catastrophic vision problems later in life. This includes retinal detachment and macular degeneration—a leading cause of blindness. At the Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center we use multifocal contact lenses as part of our toolkit for myopia management, which will slow or even stop the progression of your child’s myopia.

Specially applied use of soft multifocal contacts for myopia are a popular and effective technique for myopia management, backed by extensive research and prescribed across the globe by optometrists for children as young as 8.

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What Are Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses?

Soft multifocal contact lenses are contact lenses featuring multiple prescriptions in a single lens. The lens will feature a prescription for very close objects, objects at intermediate distances, and objects at a distance.

The soft multifocal contact lenses are made of breathable flexible plastics which allow air to pass through the lens to the cornea for a healthy fit. The soft nature of the contact lenses makes them more comfortable to wear.

How Exactly Do Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses Help With Myopia Management?

These contact lenses are worn during the day like a regular contact lens and they adjust the distance focus in order to correct your child’s vision. But they also do more. In addition to adjusting for myopic distance vision, precise adjustments to your child’s near and intermediate vision are made as well. These finely tuned changes force your child’s eyes to adjust they way they focus in general. What this does is correct the Relative Peripheral Hyperopia (RPH) thereby preventing the eye from continuing the axial elongation responsible for your child’s myopia. The result is that the axial elongation is slowed or stopped, meaning that your child’s prescription will stop its rapid deterioration.

In short, by slightly altering how your child focuses in near and center vision, soft multifocal lenses are used to halt the elongation responsible for the myopia. This not only corrects your child’s vision, it slows or halts the prescription from getting worse. It protects your child’s eyes for a long life of healthy vision.

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Just like adults, contact lenses are safe for kids. Any child responsible enough to practice good contact lens wearing habits can wear these soft multifocal contact lenses. Regardless of the age of your child, myopia is dangerous and needs to be managed.

Our Tukwila myopia management specialist will ascertain if multifocal contact lenses are the right choice for controlling your child’s myopia. In addition, there are daily disposable multifocal contact lenses to help your child adjust to contact lenses that are convenient and low maintenance. Contact lenses provide an added advantage of prevention of eye injuries which are common for younger children.

No. Once myopia sets in, it cannot be reversed. However, the progression of the myopia can and should be effectively managed. Slowing or halting the ongoing elongation of the eye is the key to slowing down how quickly your child’s eyes get worse. myopia management is essential for mitigating the serious long-term risks to your child’s vision.

All Myopia is dangerous to a child’s long-term vision. Children that have medium or high myopia (-6 or worse) are at an even greater risk of eye disease later in life. Because myopia is irreversible, it is crucial to begin managing the myopia at the first signs of nearsightedness to keep the prescription light and the risks as low as possible.  

Yes. Even children with astigmatism worse than -1.00 can successfully use these soft multifocal contacts for myopia management.

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Are Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses The Ideal Solution For Myopia Management?

Every child has a unique pair of eyes. Most children with myopia will benefit from multifocal contacts, but most is not all. The majority of successful myopia management has been through the use of orthokeratology (Ortho-K). Research has demonstrated, however, that multifocal contact lenses slow the progression at a decent pace, particularly in children with a less severe progression. While Ortho-K is often the preferred option for myopia management, the main benefit of using multifocal contact lenses over Ortho-K is affordability.

How Do You Care For Your Soft Contact Lenses For Myopia Management?

Just like any contact lens, your child’s contacts should be cared for properly. This includes doing the following:

  • Clean, rinse, and disinfect the lenses regularly
  • Store overnight in clean lens cases
  • Clean occasionally with the enzymatic cleaner to remove protein

If your child is prescribed daily disposable soft contacts for myopia management, the only care instructions are to make sure to remove the contact lens at night and throw them away.

Are There Risks Associated With Using Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses For Myopia Management?

There are no additional risks beyond those associated with using any contact lens on a daily basis. Proper cleaning and hygiene is important, and the wearer should not go to sleep while wearing these contacts.

How Many Hours A Day Do I Have To Wear The Soft Multifocal Contacts?

Typically, these should be worn during the daytime while your child is awake and active. Our myopia management specialist, Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD, will assess and discuss the best wearing regimen for your child. The same best practices for safe and comfortable contact lens wearing apply. Generally, soft multifocal contacts are to be worn for a maximum of 10 to 12 hours a day.

Prolonged use of any contact lens can make your eyes feel uncomfortable or red and increase the risk of infections or chronic dry eyes. However, recent advances in disposable contact lenses using breathable materials have significantly reduced the already minor risks and comfort issues associated with wearing contact lenses.

What Is A Myopia Management Assessment? What Does The Doctor Assess When Fitting For Soft Lenses For Myopia Management?

Our myopia management specialist, Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD, will assess the extent of your child’s myopia including baseline distance and near visual acuities including axial length and refractive error. After this assessment, Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD will be able to recommend the best myopia management treatment options. During this process, patients and parents are encouraged to ask any and all questions they may have.

Should you choose to proceed with using soft multifocal contact lenses, Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD will ascertain the exact prescription adjustments required for the multifocal contact lenses, and carefully fit the contact lenses to ensure that they sit correctly and comfortably. Your child will immediately be able to see normally. Over time, the myopia progression will be slowed or even halted, drastically reducing the long-term risks to your child’s vision and helping to ensure that your child has healthy eyes as he or she ages.

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Is your child nearsighted? Is his or her prescription just getting worse and worse? Call us or Book an Appointment to discuss your myopia management options with Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD in order to protect your child’s long-term vision. The Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center provides effective myopia management for patients in Tukwila and the entire Washington area.

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What Are The Social Benefits of Myopia Control For Children?

Myopia usually develops between ages 8 to 16. The earlier myopia management is started, the more effective it is at keeping myopia relatively mild. This way, your child will not need successively stronger lenses. Unchecked, myopia can progress until there is no other option but to wear very thick glasses, resulting in a high risk for catastrophic vision problems.

Regardless of your child’s current prescription, children often feel more comfortable with their appearance compared to putting on eyeglasses. Additionally, these contact lenses are more convenient for sports or simply just roughhousing and running around with friends.

According To Clinical Studies On Contact Lens Use In Children:

  • 80% of parents agreed that contact lenses made their children feel more confident
  • 30% of parents feel their children are restricted during sports when wearing glasses, while 86% of kids say that they feel better about participating in sports when wearing contact lenses.
  • 92% of parents and 93% of children say they like wearing contact lenses, this is compared to only 58% of children that report that they like wearing glasses
  • Contact lenses prevent eye injuries that occur from sports when wearing eye glasses.
  • Since contacts are fitted directly on the eye they provide better vision during sports and a wider range of viewing than glasses
  • Most contacts used for myopia management come with UV protection which protects your child’s eyes from long term damage
  • Because the progression of myopia is reduced, the rate of changing prescription is also reduced, leaving your child with better day to day vision in the classroom and better school performance

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Patient Experiences / Parents Testimonials

The doctor recommended a contact lens for my 8-year-old son. His vision has significantly improved. His prescription has not gotten any worse and has remained the same now for almost 2 years. My entire family will continue using their eye care services.

I used to have to get my child new glasses every 4 months! We couldn’t keep up and it was affecting her ability to function at school. She has been coming to Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center now for three years and was fitted with multifocal contacts. Her prescription has barely changed and she feels confident and comfortable at school without her glasses.

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How Can Orthokeratology Help With Myopia Management in Tukwila, Washington ?

Is your child stuck wearing glasses or contact lenses? Is the prescription getting worse and worse faster than you can keep up? Orthokeratology, or “Ortho-K,” is an overnight process to correct vision, leaving you glasses and contacts free during the day. Along with the convenience of not having to wear glasses or contacts during the day, Ortho-K is also PROVEN to slow down or even halt the progression of myopia.

"Ortho-K also means that your child is protected from significant risks of serious vision conditions later in life such as macular degeneration and retinal detachment. At the same time, he or she is freed from corrective lenses during the day."

What Is Myopia?

Myopia or “nearsightedness”, begins in childhood or the teenage years and is both extremely prevalent and on the rise worldwide. It is caused when the eye begins to lose it’s spherical shape and becomes elongated as a child grows. This causes light from distant objects to land in the front, rather than the center of the cornea, causing blurred and distorted vision. While glasses or regular contact lenses adjust for this distortion, they don’t address the underlying problem, which will continue to worsen into young-adulthood. Orthokeratology DOES address myopia and keeps it from getting any worse.

What Is Orthokeratology?

Orthokeratology goes by a few names but is mostly referred to as:

  • Ortho-K
  • CRT (Corneal Reshaping Therapy)
  • Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVT or GVST)
  • Vision Shaping Treatment (VST), and
  • Corneal Molding

Regardless of the name used, Ortho-K is an established non-surgical method of vision correction that has been safely used for over 20 years. A custom-fitted and specially designed rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens is worn overnight to gently and painlessly correct the shape of the cornea. This corrects vision during the day AND reduces or even halts the progression of myopia.

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At Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center, we provide state-of-the-art Orthokeratology services to gently reshape your child’s cornea and correct their vision, while protecting their eyes for the future. Our experienced Myopia Management specialist, Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD, will assess your child's vision and custom-fit the Ortho-K lens for your child to wear overnight.

The Ortho-K contact lenses gradually mold or focus the cornea while you or your child sleeps, leaving your distance vision sharp and accurate upon waking, without the need for daytime glasses or contact lenses. This allows you or your child the accurate vision required to go about daily tasks such as reading, writing, driving, and successful learning throughout the day.

This process is repeated daily. The Ortho-K lenses are safe, reliable, and very effective, with only very minimal risk and they pose no danger to the elastic tissue of the eyes. Orthokeratology also remains an excellent alternative for adults who either don’t want or don’t qualify for LASIK surgery or other surgical vision correction options. At Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center, we have years of experience fitting Ortho-K for young children, teens, and adults for patients throughout Tukwila, Washington , and beyond.

Who Can Benefit From Orthokeratology?

Both children and adults can benefit from the vision correction of Ortho-K. While it is too late to slow the progression of myopia in adulthood (and thereby mitigate the long-term risks of Myopia) there are many people who can benefit from the vision correction it offers. Being free of glasses or contact lenses during the day is beneficial for a lot of different kinds of people and situations. This includes:

  • Adults who don’t qualify for laser surgery
  • People who want to avoid the complications of surgical correction
  • Athletes (both children and adults)
  • Professionals who work in hazardous conditions and require non-prescription protective eyewear (examples are law enforcement, military, construction workers)
  • People with severe eye sensitivities, dry eye, or allergies that are exacerbated by regular contact lenses.

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Ortho-K For Children

Ortho-K is the ideal solution for children that are nearsighted. Because Ortho-K slows down the rate at which your child's eyes get worse, your child's risk of eye disease and their need for a new prescription are also reduced. In addition to the benefits of reducing risk and not needing glasses as often, children will have improved visual performance during school and sports, while removing most of the risks associated with wearing glasses and myopia. 

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Ortho-K As A LASIK Alternative

Many adults want the benefits of LASIK eye surgery, but either they are unwilling to undergo the procedure, are concerned about complications, or have conditions that do not allow them to have LASIK. For many adults, Ortho-K is a great alternative, which leaves them glasses and contact lens free during the day, without the need for surgery. 

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Ortho-K For Athletes & Professionals

Many professional athletes, soldiers, law enforcement, and construction workers choose Ortho-K lenses because they improve eye safety and improve visual acuity while playing sports or during physical labor. For example, law enforcement and military personnel require excellent vision, but are limited by traditional options of glasses and contact lenses that may move during strenuous physical activity, or may contribute to an eye injury.  Ortho-K lenses also provide superior vision than traditional contact lenses or glasses for many patients. 

What Is The Process For Getting An Ortho-K Fitting?

Girl wearing sunglasses after orthokeratology

At our Tukwila, Washington Ortho-K clinic, patients undergo a full Ortho-K assessment before any fitting is made. Our Ortho-K specialist, Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD, will assess the health of your eye, your exact corrective prescription, and whether or not you are a good candidate.

Once you have been approved and assessed, the Ortho-K process works more or less in three stages:

The Ortho-K Fitting

The Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center uses advanced technology to map out your specific corneal topography in order to get the exact custom shape of the lenses required to best match your eyes.

Diagnostic Shaping Lens Trial

After the initial fitting, patients will be provided with detailed instruction on how to insert, remove, and care for the Ortho-K lenses. After a few brief intervals, Our Myopia Management optometrist will perform check-ups to evaluate changes in refraction and corneal topography. We will also verify that the lenses continue to fit properly and effectively. Minor adjustments will be made where required.

Long-Term Ortho-K Treatment

Once we have established that the initial fitting is successful, you will be required to occasionally have the progress of the Ortho-K assessed with an occasional long-term checkup. Any minor changes or adjustments can be made in order to ensure maximal comfort and success.

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Ortho-K Is An Investment For A Lifetime!

As the saying goes “Education is the Best Legacy.” It is very important that you give your child sound, proper education. Unfortunately, an eye defect like myopia can hinder such a child from reading, writing, and learning. Orthokeratology offers a fast and effective solution to this eye defect.

By improving your child’s vision, you will be increasing his or her chances of learning and succeeding. This is definitely a lifetime investment for you and your child. The Orthokeratology procedure at Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center is your best chance of controlling myopia.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Ortho-K



How Is My Daytime Vision After Wearing Night-Time Ortho-K Contacts?

Usually, when you use Ortho-K overnight, your daytime vision is better than it would be with glasses or contacts. Ortho-K will correct your refraction. Plus, you will enjoy the added benefits of full peripheral vision, no glare from glasses, and the freedom to look how you want without tinkering with daytime contacts or burdened with glasses.



How Long Does It TakeTo Achieve Fully-Corrected Daytime Vision With Ortho-K?

The time required depends on factors such as the age of the patient and the prescription, as well as the patient’s specific vision needs. Children tend to see results almost immediately, while it may take two to four weeks for adults.



Is My Vision Correction With Ortho-K Permanent?

Patients who wear their Orthokeratology lenses overnight will be able to achieve great vision throughout the day, well into the evening. Some may not even need to wear the lenses every night, achieving the results by wearing them every 2-3 nights. Consistent use for children will likely stop the myopia from getting worse. However, if either a child stops wearing the Ortho-K lenses completely, they will have achieved some reduction of risk for eye disease, however, their eyes may continue to progress into their late teens. For adults that stop, their eyes will revert to how they were before they wore Ortho-K night-time contacts.



Can I See While Wearing My Orthokeratology Lenses?

Yes, the lenses allow you to see just like regular contact lenses. You can feel free to use your Ortho-K lenses to go about your typical evening routine such as watching television or reading in bed before sleep.



What Is The Success Rate Of Orthokeratology?

Ortho-K has a high success rate. However, factors such as the patient’s original prescription, treatment goals, and corneal topography will still affect the outcome and effectiveness. During your initial consultation, will provide you with detailed information regarding possible outcomes.



Are Ortho-K Lenses Safe?

Yes, Ortho-K lenses are considered very safe and reliable. Like any contact lenses, there is a relatively low risk of contracting minor infections or abnormal blood vessel growth. Proper use and care of the lenses will minimize these risks. Ensure that you disinfect the lenses as instructed. We recommend occasional checkups after your fitting with our Ortho-K specialist.



Is It Easy To Put In Or Take Your Ortho-K lenses?

Yes, Ortho-K lenses are very easy to insert or remove and are not substantially different than a regular contact lens in this respect.



How Often Do I Need To Replace My Retainer Lenses?

Depending on the condition of the Ortho-K lenses, may, on occasion, recommend that you replace the lenses. This becomes necessary if there is a buildup of mold or deposits, or if the lenses have become warped.



What If I Lose A Lens?

Ortho-K lenses work overnight. Without one or both of your lenses, your vision could be impaired as early as the next day. If you lose a lens, it is advisable to get a replacement lens immediately. It is often recommended that you have backup Ortho-K lenses.



Do I Need Lengthy Periods Of Sleep For Ortho-K To Work?

Not really. Remember that you can wear the lenses even before you’ve actually gone to sleep and even after you have woken up. Even with as little as four hours of sleep every night, your vision will be improved the following morning.



What Are The Advantages Of Orthokeratology Over Laser Vision Correction (LVC)?

Ortho-K enjoys some distinct advantages over surgery. Particularly since surgery is not a recommended form of Myopia Management for children, Ortho-K is a great option for kids, since they don’t qualify for the surgery in any event.

Adults considering Ortho-K should keep in mind the following advantages over surgery:

  • Far lower risk of complications such as dry eye, sensitivity, or pain
  • You avoid the hazy or blurry vision that  often occurs after laser surgery
  • It’s painless with no recovery time
  • Unlike Laser Vision Correction, Orthokeratology is completely reversible
  • Ortho-K is more cost effective
  • You can always choose to undergo surgery later.



Does Ortho-K Hurt?

The procedure is non-surgical, painless, and absolutely safe. Patients only need to put on the Ortho-K lens when they sleep. There may be some initial discomfort while wearing the lenses, although this discomfort usually disappears after a few weeks of wearing the reshaping lenses.



Is Orthokeratology FDA Approved?

The FDA has approved "breathable" gas permeable contact lenses for overnight wear. These can, therefore, be used safely for Orthokeratology.



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Is your child finding it hard to read, learn, or see faraway objects? Don’t wait until the myopia gets worse. Avoid a new prescription and give your child the gift of healthy eyes for a lifetime. Get in touch with us today at Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center.

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Myopia Management

Myopia, also called nearsightedness or shortsightedness, is the inability to see things clearly unless they’re situated close to your eyes. It is the most common refractive error among children and young adults. Most patients with this condition wear eyeglasses or contacts to correct their vision.

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However, myopia is more than an inconvenience; it can pose a serious risk to your child’s long-term vision. As a child develops and the myopia rapidly progresses, the child is at a higher risk of developing dangerous eye diseases later in life. Namely, retinal detachment, macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. Thankfully, Myopia Management can help.

Myopia Management solutions include eye drops, specific contact lenses, and glasses, which can help slow down the rapid visual deterioration that occurs with myopia. Contact Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center At Innovative Eyecare and see how Myopia Management can help your child experience clearer, sharper vision and a higher quality of life.

What is Myopia?

Myopia develops when the eye grows too long from front to back, which causes light to focus in front of the retina rather than directly on it. For those with nearsightedness, distant objects appear blurred while nearby objects remain clear.

This condition develops during childhood, when the eyeballs are experiencing rapid growth, and tends to progress gradually or rapidly into the late teen years. Myopia can be easily corrected using corrective glasses or contact lenses.

Childhood myopia is typically diagnosed between the ages of 5 and 7 and worsens during the eye’s rapid growth years. The prescription tends to plateau at around age 12.

The Growing Prevalence of Myopia

Myopia is becoming increasingly prevalent around the world, with a recent study showing that close to 30% of the world’s population is currently myopic. Alarmingly, by 2050, close to 50% of the global population will be myopic. That’s a staggering 5 billion people!

Myopia rates have shot up in the last 20 years. In China, between 10-20 % of primary school children are myopic. This number increases to 50% for high school students, and by the time they reach university, 90% of the student body is nearsighted.

The good news is that thanks to Myopia Management, you can protect your children from landing on the wrong side of this statistic.

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Growing Prevalence of Myopia

What is Myopia Management?

“Myopia management” is a series of treatments that eye doctors use to slow the progression of myopia in children. Our myopia management treatments can induce changes in the structure of the eye by diminishing the stress and fatigue linked to the development and progression of myopia. Several studies have indicated that these treatments successfully slow down the progression of nearsightedness in children and teens.

The Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center currently offers several different customized treatment options to slow the progression of myopia. Our doctors work closely with each family and customize treatment programs for every child based on their unique needs.

The treatments offered include:

  • Atropine eye drops
  • Multifocal contact lenses
  • Orthokeratology (“ortho-k”)

Patients are carefully monitored by Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD and reviewed every 6-12 months to assess the efficacy of the chosen treatment modality.

Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center is a Myopia Management practice that offers evidence-based treatment to prevent the onset or reduce the progression of myopia in pediatric patients.

Because we stay on the forefront of the latest research, you can be sure that Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center is maximizing the chances of your child’s success.

Patients We Typically Work With

  • Patients with progressive myopia (-0.25DS or more in the last 2 years)
  • Patients with refractive error: MSE (sph + 0.5*cyl): +0.50 DS to -6.00 DS, no limit on DC
  • Patients at risk of becoming myopic due to a family history of myopia (one or two myopic parents)
  • Patients who spend over 3 hours a day doing near work (reading, studying, writing)
  • Patients who spend less than 6 hours a week outdoors
  • Patients under the age of 16

What Should the Patient Expect?

To monitor and assess the efficacy of the treatment, all our young patients undergo an extensive vision evaluation, provided by Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD. This includes:

  • Axial length and retinal shape measurements
  • Cycloplegic axial and peripheral autorefraction
  • Corneal topography and choroidal thickness measurements
  • Lifestyle questionnaire (including how much near work and outdoor activity they engage in per day/week)
  • Discussion of the results
  • Development of a personalized treatment plan

At Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center, we provide our patients with effective, customized treatment to control the progression of myopia. By stopping or slowing down the progression of myopia, we reduce long-term risks to best ensure that your child enjoys the world with healthy eyes throughout his or her life.

Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center serves patients in Tukwila, Renton, Burien, Seattle, and throughout Washington .

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Orthokeratology For Athletes In Tukwila, Washington

If you’re active in sports like basketball, soccer, or football, accuracy and reaction time are crucial. Finding a visual solution that leaves you free of glasses or contacts yet provides the best vision possible almost sounds unreal — meet orthokeratology.

Myopia, or nearsightedness, affects nearly everyone. Orthokeratology (ortho-k), or corneal refractive therapy, not only helps young athletes prevent nearsightedness from progressing further, but athletes of all ages appreciate how the vision correction works overnight safely for perfect vision throughout the day. Unlike standard contact lenses that can lead to eye infections, irritation, or eye injuries during rough sports, orthokeratology allows one to be completely free from eyewear..”

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Orthokeratology For Young Athletes & Adult Athletes

  • Avoid risking eye damage if a ball smacks you in the eye.
  • Avoid a contact lens irritating your eye in the middle of the game.
  • Avoid forgetting your prescription sports goggles at home.
  • Unrestricted peripheral vision throughout your day.
  • Amazingly clear vision that lasts the whole day.
  • Swimming without prescription goggles
  • Improved focus & reaction time
  • Vision correction without the need for surgery.*

*Many athletes avoid eye surgery due to the potential loss of vision and risk of eye complications involved. Orthokeratology is not only reversible but guarantees the same benefits as LASIK.

Why Don’t Athletes Know About This?

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Orthokeratology has been FDA approved for nearly 20 years — since 2002. That’s quite a track record, especially when orthokeratology has only continued to grow in popularity. What’s the secret behind orthokeratology? Oddly enough, there is no secret. The process of corneal refractive therapy really works well for many individuals with mild to moderate nearsightedness, and the earlier one starts wearing ortho-k lenses, the more their myopia can be kept at bay.

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Orthokeratology Started Off Slow

The reason that athletes aren’t aware of orthokeratology mainly stems from the popularity of LASIK and contact lenses. While orthokeratology in the early years had some unpredictable outcomes, modern molds & advanced corneal topography results in a safe, accurate and predictable process to non-surgically correct nearsightedness and even astigmatism. Due to the various benefits associated with orthokeratology, research has continued to address the effectiveness of orthokeratology and presbyopia (farsightedness).

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LASIK centers and contact lens companies spend a lot of money on marketing their products / procedures, so most athletes are aware of their benefits and risks. Orthokeratology, however, has yet to achieve the same reach as other methods of vision correction. Plus, an eye doctor requires added specialized training in order to fit ortho-k lenses. While orthokeratology offers amazing advantages for young and adult athletes, the main challenge is discovering an eye doctor who offers these lenses.

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Why Should Athletes Choose Orthokeratology Over Surgery?

  • The biggest advantage of ortho-k is its safety. Entirely safe and reversible, orthokeratology is an ideal option for athletes who want perfect vision without risking their careers. The corneal reshaping of the front of the eye can correct nearsightedness and even astigmatism similar to a LASIK procedure or any other refractive surgery — without the surgery! Refractive surgery is successful for most patients, yet every athlete understands that any disruption in their vision could ruin their chances at furthering a career in their sport. For years, athletes have taken the plunge, risking their vision & their careers, when there was a safe alternative. Furthermore, orthokeratology ensures perfect vision throughout the day for athletes of all ages, which means one can address poor vision earlier on & improve their performance immediately. LASIK may not result in guaranteed perfect vision. Some patients, even after a LASIK procedure, may still require eyeglasses or contact lenses!

Patients after LASIK can face the following persistent & possibly lifelong complications, such as

  • Poor nighttime or low-contrast vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Glare or halos
  • Dry eye symptoms
  • Contrast sensitivity.

While these symptoms are less common, an athlete often prefers an option like orthokeratology than to exchange their poor vision for a different set of eye problems.

Another advantage of orthokeratology is controlling the progression of myopia. When a young athlete starts orthokeratology in their early teens, their eyesight can stabilize and avoid deterioration over time. This is crucial for athletes who want to extend their career lifespan by a number of years, and can reduce the risks of eye disease later on in life.

Patients who utilize ortho-k in their youth can always discontinue the ortho-k lenses and opt for LASIK surgery. However, since nearsightedness is controlled through orthokeratology, a child’s vision would likely stay healthy until they are older. Even if an athlete’s vision is slightly blurry, this will ensure less of a need for eye surgery or a very mild adjustment at most.

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Why Should Athletes Choose Orthokeratology Over Contact Lenses?

Contact lenses are often another choice of vision correction for athletes. Contacts are easy to wear and rarely interfere with one’s head and body movements. Plus, contacts provide clear vision during a rainy day and don’t fog up. Athletes achieve excellent peripheral vision along with a complete wide field view of their surroundings.

Unfortunately, contact lenses are often overused and poorly maintained. This means a contact lens wearer is more prone to eye infections, redness, and even cornea scarring. Contact lenses can move around in the eye, especially if a patient rubs their eyes from dryness or irritation. A brief moment of discomfort in the eye can make or break an athlete’s focus & hamper their performance.

Contact lenses may not correct astigmatism, which can increase the risk of a misplaced contact or unstable vision. While a contact lens may provide some clarity, a contact lens wearer with an astigmatism may actually be viewing the world with less precision and reduced reaction time. Lastly, contact lens wearers are more prone to eye allergies or seasonal irritants like wind or extreme temperatures, another reason why contacts aren’t the ideal solution.

Orthokeratology avoids most contact lens related problems as they are worn overnight in the comfort of your own home. Maintenance is far easier than conventional contact lenses, which drastically reduces the risk of contact lens overuse, eye irritation, or eye infection.

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Which Athletes Prefer Ortho-k?

Many athletes who have undergone the ortho-k process report positive feedback such as:

  • Confidence booster in their vision & their game.
  • Freedom from eyewear means worry-free during the game
  • Less risks for eye problems and fluctuating vision.
  • Avoid losing a contact lens or forgetting your backup pair of contacts on game days
  • Zero chance for eye complications compared to refractive surgery. (An eye complication from refractive surgery can be permanent.)

Orthokeratology has benefited athletes of all kinds:

      • Archery
      • Boxing
      • Baseball or Softball
      • Basketball
      • Rock/Indoor Climbing
      • Mountain Biking or Cycling
      • Diving
      • Football
      • Golf
      • Gymnastics
      • Hockey
      • Shooting/Hunting
      • Martial arts
      • Motorcycle racing
      • Rugby
      • Skiing or Snowboarding
      • Soccer
      • Surfing, swimming, or Water sports
      • Tennis
      • Wrestling.

Ortho-k provides vision correction without surgery and is widely considered to be only marginally risky. Incidents of complications are extremely low. These complications, if they do occur, are usually mild soreness and irritation, which can be addressed by your optometrist.

Which Athletes Aren’t Ortho-K Candidates?

Most people are candidates for ortho-k. However, these are some circumstances or conditions for which use of ortho-k is contraindicated:

  • Severe lack of tears
  • Allergies to contact lenses or solution
  • Acute inflammation
  • Eye infections

All in all, ortho-k is safe and can effectively correct vision for the vast majority of adults. If you're interested in seeing if ortho-k is right for you, call our office or make an appointment.

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