OrthoK Contact Lenses
OrthoK contact lenses are different because:-
- You wear the contact lenses while you sleep. You take them out when you wake up.
- During the day, your vision is clear, without the need for spectacles or contact lenses.
Is it safe?
- The lenses gently reshape your eye’s front surface, while you sleep.
- Modern computerised technology ensure precise fitting and excellent results.
- There are no documented long-term adverse affects in over40 years of use.
Is it a permanent cure?
- The effect can last for up to three days and is fully reversible.
- To maintain good vision the lenses are worn during sleep, for 3 to 7 nights per week.
- If you change your mind, the lenses are removed and your eyes will return to their original state, very quickly.
Is my prescription suitable?
- If you have a moderate to low degree of short-sightedness (there will be a minus sign before the first number of your prescription) , OrthoK is ideal for you.
- Less than -4.00 DS and less than -1.50 DC of astigmatism, gives excellent results.
- If you have a higher degree, up to -10.00 DS, this is partially correctable. This can give you very significant improvement in vision, meaning you only need spectacles for distance and driving. OrthoK may also slow further progression.
- Long-sight (your prescription will have a plus sign before the first number) is not usually correctable with OrthoK contact lenses.
Is it uncomfortable?
- The lenses are worn during sleep. When the eyes are closed the eye will be very comfortable.
- There may be some mild discomfort when the lenses are put in, before you go to sleep, during the first 2 weeks.
Is it suitable for children?
- It is completely reversible and 40 years of fittings has produced no long term adverse affects.
- Early fitting has been shown to slow the progression of short-sightedness.
- Lenses will be rarely lost or broken as they are only worn overnight.
How much does it cost?
- There is an initial assessment cost which includes an overnight trial.
- The cost covers all fitting and aftercare appointments for 12 months and a pair of fitted contact lenses.
- Once the correct lens fit has been found an annual check up is needed.
How do I find out more?