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Orthokeratology: Everything You Need to Know

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Over the years, eye care has evolved to be more accommodating of individual preferences. Orthokeratology (OrthoK) is an example of this evolution. This non-surgical treatment uses precise, specially shaped contact lenses to reshape the cornea so you can see better at distance without wearing glasses or contact lenses all day long.

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Let Park Slope Eye, the top eye care clinic in Brooklyn, New York, discuss all you need to know about this revolutionary concept:

How it Works

OrthoK re-shapes the cornea to correct low to moderate amounts of astigmatism and myopia during nighttime. In essence, it corrects your vision while you sleep so you have clearer vision when you wake. You simply wear the specialty contact lenses at bedtime and let them do the rest. When you wake up, take out the lenses; you should be able to see clearly without glasses or contacts.

Keep in mind that the effects of this treatment are only temporary – just about enough to get you through a day or two. As such, you will need to wear the lenses almost every night to maintain good vision during the day.

Candidate Suitability

Orthokeratology is an FDA approved treatment and it is safe even for children of all ages. If for some reason you are not a good candidate for vision correction surgery, talk to your eye specialist in Brooklyn, NY to see if you qualify for OrthoK. This treatment also appeals to people who participate in sports or work in dusty environments, which make contact lens wear difficult.

Risks

OrthoK poses little or no risk to the patient. The most reported cases are eye discomfort and potential infection from poor hygiene and lens care, which are totally avoidable. Its effects are also reversible, so if you stop using the lenses, the cornea should naturally return to its pre-treatment shape without any long-term effects.

At Park Slope Eye, we have all the necessary diagnostic equipment, along with the experience to provide with top quality eye care in Brooklyn, NY. Let us work with you today to maintain your healthy vision.

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  • Written by Justin Bazan

    Dr. Justin Bazan is a 2004 SUNY College of Optometry graduate. He established Park Slope Eye in 2008 with the goal of providing high quality eyecare and incredible eyewear for the neighborhood. He has a true passion for optometry and stay up to date with the current research and trends. He is active in the profession and holds several leadership positions on the local, state and national levels. Dr. Bazan is a Park Slope local and can often be seen out in the neighborhood so be sure to say Hi next time you see him!

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