Orthokeratology (ortho-k) is a non-invasive treatment method for refractive errors that involves the gentle reshaping of the cornea with specialized contact lenses worn by the patient overnight. Ortho-k is one of the vision correction techniques offered by Vienna Eyecare Center, premier optometrist in the area. If you want to determine whether this is a suitable option for a young child, check out these handy FAQs:
1. Are young children good candidates for ortho-k?
There is no age limit for ortho-k. In fact, kids as young as six years old have been safely and successfully treated through ortho-k. Studies have revealed that ortho-k can reduce the effects of myopia or even halt the progression of the condition. If your child leads an active lifestyle–and has a tendency to lose or abuse their corrective eyewear–ortho-k lenses may prove a solid option.
2. How successful is ortho-k?
Ortho-k has a high success rate, but it varies from patient to patient. Your child will have to be evaluated first. Just visit a trusted eye doctor like Vienna Eyecare Center, and we’ll conduct a comprehensive eye examination that will provide you with more information about potential results, along with treatment goals.
3. Do ortho-k lenses interfere with vision?
Nope. Even when worn, your child will still be able to see reasonably well when they need to get up in the night. In fact, they can have these specialized lenses in place and still read or watch TV before falling asleep. However, extended day-wear should be avoided to ensure good corneal health.
4. Are ortho-k lenses safe?
They are actually easier to insert and remove compared to regular contact lenses. You’ll just have to help your child with basic hygiene and contact lens care.
If you want an alternative to eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct your child’s vision, consult with the experts at Vienna Eyecare Center. We offer ortho-k so your child can enjoy clearer, healthier eyesight at all times. We serve the areas in and around Vienna, Reston and Mclean, VA. Call us today at (703) 938-7633 or fill out this form to schedule your appointment.