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Why Ortho-K Is A Great Alternative To LASIK

Why Ortho K Is A Great Alternative To LASIK 640×350Most people elect to have refractive surgery like LASIK for the hassle-free, crisp vision it provides. But did you know that you can achieve the same results as LASIK without undergoing surgery?

Orthokeratology, commonly referred to as ortho-k, safely eliminates the need for daytime glasses or contact lens wear by correcting myopia (nearsightedness), and is a popular alternative to LASIK surgery.

What Is Ortho-K?

Ortho-k uses rigid gas-permeable contact lenses to gently and safely reshape the front surface of the eye, the cornea, for clear daytime vision. These specialized lenses are designed to be worn overnight while you sleep, and removed in the morning, leaving you with corrected, stable vision throughout the day.

These custom-designed lenses work by gently applying light pressure to the epithelial layer of the cornea and molding its shape to alter its focusing power.

What are the Advantages of Ortho-K Over LASIK?

Lower Risk of Complications

Any medical device or procedure involves some risk of complications. Both ortho-k and LASIK have associated risks, but those of LASIK are considered more serious.

LASIK complications, while rare, can leave patients with corneal disorders, such as astigmatism or severe dry eye syndrome and — more commonly — visual problems like glare, distortion and seeing halos around lights.

In contrast, the risks associated with ortho-k lenses are no different from those connected to any other rigid contact lenses. Poor hygiene is the biggest risk factor for developing contact-lens irritation and complications.

Orthokeratology is Reversible

LASIK surgery is not reversible, and in the event of complications, further medical procedures may be necessary to correct any resulting problems.

Ortho-k, on the other hand, is non-invasive and completely reversible if you ever decide to cease treatment. After a few nights of not wearing the lenses, your corneas will slowly revert back to their original, natural shape.

Better For Dry Eyes

If you have symptoms of dry eye syndrome like dryness and irritation, you may want to think twice before undergoing LASIK. A common side effect of LASIK is dry eye syndrome, and many people who already have the condition are advised to not have refractive surgery.

Dry eye syndrome can also make it uncomfortable to wear standard contact lenses.

Ortho-k is great for people with mild to moderate dry eyes because there’s no need to wear eyewear, such as standard contacts, during the day.

More Cost-Effective

Both LASIK and ortho-k will most likely save you money in the long term, as eyeglasses, contact lenses and other related expenses are no longer incurred. That said, in most cases, the up-front expenses of ortho-k lenses are about half the cost of LASIK surgery.

The exact cost of ortho-k lenses will vary depending on many factors and the degree of your refractive error.

Reduce Myopia Progression

Myopia, or nearsightedness, significantly increases the risk of developing sight-threatening diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment and macular degeneration later in life. The higher (worse) the myopia, the greater the risk. As myopia progresses and worsens, the risks further increase.

Slowing myopia can effectively reduce this risk. Myopia can continue to worsen into a person’s 20’s, and at least 10% of nearsighted adults from ages 20 and older will still experience some degree of myopia progression.

Ortho-k has been clinically proven to slow the progression of myopia in children and young adults, making it an excellent treatment for nearsightedness.

LASIK, on the other hand, offers no such benefits. Refractive surgeries simply alter the focusing power of the cornea to produce clear vision, while ignoring the underlying problem that causes the eyeball elongation associated with myopia.

LASIK is only offered to those whose eyes have stopped growing, usually people 21 and older. So, unlike ortho-k, it generally cannot slow the myopia progression in teens and young adults.

In fact, many teenagers and young adults who are interested in eventually choosing LASIK use ortho-k lenses to stabilize their myopia and increase their chance of successful LASIK outcomes in their 20s, once their eyes stop growing.

Interested in Ortho-K? We Can Help!

If you are interested in correcting your vision without surgery or the need to wear daytime contact lenses or glasses, contact us to learn if ortho-k lenses are right for your eyes and lifestyle.

At Richmond Hill Optometric Clinic Myopia Management Center, our friendly and knowledgeable optometric team will guide you through all of your options and help you achieve optimal vision.

To learn more about ortho-k or to schedule a consultation, call Richmond Hill Optometric Clinic Myopia Management Center today!

Richmond Hill Optometric Clinic Myopia Management Center offers myopia management to patients from Richmond Hill, Markham, North York, and Vaughn, Ontario and surrounding communities.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Radhika Chawla

Q: Who is a candidate for Ortho-K?

  • A: Children (ages 8 and above) and adults with mild to moderate nearsightedness/astigmatism who want clear vision without daytime eyewear are great candidates for orthokeratology. Ortho-k is also a great option for athletes who require stable vision without worrying about eyewear that can be damaged.

Q: Are there any disadvantages of Ortho-K?

  • A: Ortho-k lenses must be cleaned after each use to maintain hygiene and reduce the risk of contact lens-related problems. Occasionally, ortho-k lenses aren’t suitable for patients with very high prescriptions.

References

Is Blue Light Harmful To My Eyes?

We live in a digital age where the dependence on technology is extremely common. Ipads, cellphones and laptops are used by almost everyone these days. This increased use of digital devices makes our exposure to artificial blue light inevitable. With the amount of screen time we have, a common question I am asked by my patients is ‘Is the blue light harmful to my eyes?’.

The recent pandemic has increased screen time for everyone. People are working from home and Zoom calls are the new normal. Children are enrolled in online learning as a result of the COVID-19 related restrictions. Our exposure to blue light has increased.

Blue light is contained at 400-490nm in the visible light spectrum. Blue light is naturally found in sunlight and is known to have an affect on our sleep. I am often told by many of my patients who use digital devices that they experience symptoms such as blurry vision, eye pain, eye fatigue as just a few examples. I make recommendations to my patients on how to protect ourselves from the artificial blue light which we are exposed to from our digital devices. Here are a few tips:

Reduce screen time and exposure to digital devices
Remember to get enough exposure to sunlight as this can affect the growth and development of the eyes and vision
Follow the 20-20-20 rule: take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away.

Is Online Learning Affecting Your Child’s Eyes?

The world as we now know it has changed. The recent health pandemic has changed learning for many, if not all, students. Previous classroom settings are now Zoom calls with the teacher and their classmates having their own screens but are nowhere to be seen. Prior to the pandemic, myopia, commonly referred to as nearsightedness, was already on the rise. Some statistics had suggested that the global rate of myopia incidence would have increased to 50% of the population. This upwards trend will likely be affected by the increased screening time children are being exposed to.

With this increase in screen time as result of online school due to the pandemic, children are no longer spending as much time doing other things including being outdoors. Of course, there are genetic factors which are considered however there is a definite concern in regards to increasing myopia in children who must stay home as a result of the COVID-19 related lockdowns.

It is important for children to have a comprehensive eye exam. The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends a child’s first eye exam to be at the age of 6 months. Then again at 2-3 years old, and every year there after. In Ontario, yearly eye exams for children are covered by OHIP until they turn 20 years old.

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LACOSTE looks at life in an optimistic way by telling itself it is a beautiful sport: a sport in which you compete with elegance, show off your panache, and combine a quest for performance with an eye on elegance. LACOSTE gives self-confidence to those who want to win the match “en beaute”.

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