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How does Ortho-K work?
Here's how it works: you wear special contact lenses that gently reshape the surface of your eye, so you can see clearly for a temporary period even after you remove the lenses.

Myopia (nearsightedness) is caused by light coming into the eye in such a way that it doesn't focus properly on the retina. This problem used to be corrected by using eyeglasses or regular contact lenses to re-focus the light rays.

A similar result can be achieved by reshaping your cornea. LASIK is a surgical way to do this. Ortho-k contact lenses flatten your cornea without surgery, enabling light to focus properly on your retina, resulting in better vision.

Who is a good candidate for Ortho-K?
Orthokeratology is for people of any age who are nearsighted.

The procedures can be performed on practically anyone of any age, as long as their eyes are healthy.

Ortho-k holds particular appeal for people who participate in sports, or who work in dusty, dirty environments that can cause problems for regular contact lenses.

Because ortho-k offers similar benefits to LASIK, it's also appealing to adolescents and teens, who are not eligible for LASIK.

Is Ortho-K comfortable?
Some people have comfort issues with the gas-permeable or "hard" contact lenses that are used for ortho-k. Until your eyes get used to them, you'll feel them when you blink. This doesn't happen with soft lenses because they are larger and remain tucked under the eyelids.

What are the advantages of Ortho-K?
Good vision without glasses or lenses for most of the day.
- It is not a surgical procedure.
- It is reversible.
- It is non-invasive.
- It doesn't hurt.
- Using well-established contact lens fitting techniques means that there are few risks. .

What commitment is involved on my part?

You must be prepared to allow for 4-10 visits over 3-6 months, use proper hygiene to handle your lenses and wear your retainer lenses so your cornea doesn't revert to its original shape.

What is better about Ortho-K than surgery?

Well, Ortho-K is reversible and doesn't involve any post-operative pain. Your vision won't be hazy, as some surgery patients experience. Both eyes are done together, rather than weeks or months apart. Also, Ortho-K is significantly less expensive and involves less risk.

Should I have Ortho-k Instead of LASIK?
Ortho-k works best for people who don't want to wear glasses or contact lenses all day, every day — but don't mind wearing contact lenses at night, or occasionally during the day.

If your primary goal is to be glasses- and contacts-free during the day, then ortho-k might be a good alternative for you.

Ortho-k may be a good option if you suffer from dry eyes. It's been found that this condition is sometimes worsened by LASIK.

Unlike LASIK, ortho-k is reversible. If you try reshaping lenses and later decide you want laser eye surgery instead, you can do that.

Dr. Donald H. Harris Optometry
24953 Paseo De Valencia #3A ( Medical Arts Centre Building A) Laguna Hills CA 92653
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