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How Can Orthokeratology Help With Myopia Control in Santa Clara, California?

Is your child stuck wearing glasses or contact lenses? Is the prescription increasing at a rate that you can barely keep up with? 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 a proven method of slowing slow down or even stopping 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 and continues into the teenage years. It is both extremely prevalent and on the rise worldwide. Myopia results when the eye begins to lose its spherical shape and becomes elongated as a child grows.

This causes light from distant objects to land in the front, rather than at 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, however, DOES address myopia and keeps it from progressing.

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)
  • 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 stops the progression of myopia.

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More About Ortho-K

At The Myopia Control Center At Eye Boutique Optometry, 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. Dr. Somi Oh and Dr. Hung Sun Chung 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 — thus not needing to wear daytime glasses or contact lenses throughout the day. This allows you or your child to experience the clear vision required to go about daily tasks such as reading, writing, driving, and so forth.

This process is repeated daily.

The Ortho-K lenses are safe, reliable, and very effective. 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 The Myopia Control Center At Eye Boutique Optometry, we have years of experience fitting Ortho-K for young children, teens, and adults for patients throughout Santa Clara, California, and beyond.

Who Can Benefit From Orthokeratology?

Both children and adults can benefit from the vision correction provided by 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 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 (law enforcement, military, construction workers, etc.)
  • People with severe eye sensitivities, dry eye, or allergies that are exacerbated by wearing regular contact lenses.
Brother and Sister Benefiting from Ortho-K

Ortho-K For Children

Ortho-K is the ideal solution for children that are nearsighted, as it slows down the rate at which your child’s myopia deteriorates. Furthermore, your child’s risk of eye disease and their need for a new prescription is also reduced. In addition to the benefits of reducing long-term eye health risks and not needing to wear glasses during the day, children will experience improved visual performance during school and sports.

African American Woman with Myopia

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.

Long-jumper after using ortho-k for myopia

Ortho-K For Professionals

Many professional athletes, soldiers, law enforcement personnel, and construction workers choose Ortho-K lenses because they improve eye safety and visual acuity while playing sports or doing physical labor. For example, law enforcement and military personnel require excellent vision, but are limited by traditional glasses and contact lens options that may move during strenuous physical activity.

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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 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 The Myopia Control Center At Eye Boutique Optometry is your best chance of controlling myopia.

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Find Out More Or Book An Ortho-K Consultation Today!

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 The Myopia Control Center At Eye Boutique Optometry.

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