The method of orthokeratology has taken the world by storm over the last few years. It is a highly advanced technology which helps you to get rid of eyeglasses and contact lenses without surgery. Although it is not a new procedure, it has gained immense popularity over the last few years significantly. A number of conditions can be corrected using orthok, including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, presbyopia etc. If you are suffering from any eye condition or if you can’t go for an eye surgery for any reason, you should consult your optometrist to know about this option. Here, we will tell you more about this process so that you can make an informed decision.
How Orthok works
Orthokeratology is a non-surgical process in which moulds are created as per the shape and curvature of your cornea. You have to wear these moulds in your eyes overnight while you are asleep. In the morning when you remove these moulds, your cornea is reshaped, and you are able to see things clearly without eyeglasses or contact lenses. In a way, it temporarily corrects any imperfection in your eye curvature so that you can go about your day freely. You have to repeat the process every night. If you do not wear these moulds any night, you will have to wear your eyeglasses or contact lenses in the morning for clear vision.
Why use Orthok
As opposed to eyeglasses, contact lenses and refractive surgery, there are several reasons for which you should opt for orthokeratology. Some of them are:
- It gives you freedom from eyeglasses and contact lenses
- It does not involve any surgical procedure
- It is cheaper than refractive surgery
- It provides better vision correction than eyeglasses and contact lenses
- Can be used by children too, as they refuse to wear eyeglasses, cannot wear contact lenses, and cannot undergo surgery too
- It is a natural way of correcting your corneal shape so that you can have clear vision
- Since it is a non-surgical procedure, it does not involved any risk to your eye health
Now that you have so many reasons to go for this option, what are you waiting for now?
How to use Orthok Eye Shapers
Inserting Orthok eye shapers in your eyes is much similar to inserting contact lenses. Use an antibacterial soap or hand wash to thoroughly clean your fingers and hands, dry your hands and remove one mould from the cleaning solution. Rinse with saline for around 5 seconds, and place the mould on your index finger. Face down and insert it directly into the center of your eye. Most of the times, it will automatically stick to its desired place after insertion. However, if it becomes dislodged from the eye center, remove the mould and repeat the process. If you want to remove the moulds in the morning, wash your hands and fingers thoroughly, remove them using your index and middle finger and store them in the their case filled with saline. It is extremely important to take care of hygiene and cleanliness while handling the moulds, as inserting dirty fingers or moulds in your eyes can increase risk of infection, and lead to a graver problem than incorrect eyesight. So, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully while using them.
Orthok is a safe, convenient and natural method of reshaping your cornea without any surgery. As a result, you get clear vision for as long as two days without the need to wear any eyeglasses or contact lenses. Visit your optometrist now and know about this option. After examining your eyes, they will recommend you the option and create the custom-made moulds for you.