For people who need vision correction, the options for being able to see clearly typically include wearing glasses or contact lenses. The permanent correction option of Lasik eye surgery is also quite popular.
Believe it or not, there is a way for people to go without wearing glasses or contacts, and it does not require surgery.
It is called The Freedom Sight Method or “Ortho-K” lenses. These therapeutic contact lenses were approved by the FDA in 2002 to help correct vision and reduce the progression of vision loss.
“This procedure has been around for awhile, but now with the new advances and technology, we have a much better success rate that is around 90 percent. We can certainly do a wider field of prescriptions now,” said Vision Boutique Optometry Specialist Dr. Ashley Setterberg.
These customized contact lenses are worn while you sleep, to temporarily reshape the cornea and correct myopia, or nearsightedness.
“You only need to wear some contacts as you sleep, and they work kind of like braces or retainers, as it molds your eyes as you sleep,” saidSetterberg.
When the patient wakes up, they can see clearly and be contact or glasses free throughout the day.
“This is especially fantastic for young kids, because it actually has been proven to slow down and maybe even stop myopia progression. Which means that this might help our children not get a large eyeglass prescription, and maybe even not have their eyes need anymore prescription at all,” Setterberg.
This is a great alternative for surgery, and for most people the corrective contacts are truly visionary.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, has been increasing dramatically over the past 40 years. Some attribute this to spending too much time in front of computer screens, laptops, tablets, and iphones.
Orthokeratology involves first measuring the refraction of your eye, which tells the doctor the degree of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism you have. Next it will be necessary to map the shape of the front surface of the eye using an instrument called a corneal topographer.
Based on this digital map of your eye, your eye doctor will determine the ideal shape of your cornea.
Then a series of special contacts are made according to your doctor’s exact specifications for your eyes. Initially they will be worn for about eight hours daily until the cornea is reshaped, proper correction is achieved, and your vision is improved.
Sometimes your doctor will actually prescribe a wearing schedule that allows you to only wear the lenses while you sleep.
After that, the lenses may only need to be worn for a few hours a day for about three days a week to keep the cornea in the shape necessary for you to see clearly. The exact wearing schedule will depend on the correction your doctor thinks you need.
People who are best suited for Ortho-K have myopia less than -4.00 diopters and astigmatism less than -1.50 diopters. Ortho-K is safe for people of all ages, as long as their eyes are healthy.
This is a great alternative for those who are too young to consider LASIK, those whose prescriptions are continuing to change, and those involved in sports that make contact lenses impractical. Ortho-k is not suitable for everyone, so it is best to consult with your eye doctor if you are interested in this procedure.
Available for most people
Freedom from constant corrective lens wear
Better vision improvement
Longer result time
Not a permanent solution
Higher startup cost than regular contacts or eyeglasses
Currently only for myopia
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