Orthokeratology – reshape your eyes as you sleep

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How many of you out there have had to reach for your reading glasses before you could start enjoying this magazine? Or, maybe you’re reliant on spectacles or contact lenses to simply leave the house each day. Wouldn’t you rather have the freedom of being able to wake up and see like nature intended, without the risks or costs of permanent eye surgery?

A modern vision treatment is available in the Bay that allows clear vision during the day without the help of glasses or surgery.

It may sound unbelievable but in fact Orthokeratology (or Ortho-K for short) – the non-surgical process of using special customised contact lenses to reshape your eyes as you sleep – is well-established around the world and achieves excellent visual results. Tauranga-based therapeutic optometrist Mr Alex Petty, from speciality optometry practice Bay Eye Care, is an Ortho-K expert who has been prescribing these ‘magical’ lenses for over six years.

“I would say that most of my adult Ortho-K wearers are women. They are frustrated by having to wear glasses to see, or are active, outdoor people who find daytime correction with spectacles or contact lenses a real hassle in their busy lives.”

Ortho-K can correct a range of prescriptions, including myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness), astigmatism (rugby ball shaped cornea) and presbyopia (problems with reading up close as you get beyond the age of 40). There is an incredible amount of science behind the corneal remodelling process: each lens is customised to the individual’s eye shape, prescription and vision requirements to give a truly bespoke sight correction.

Mr Petty says that because you don’t need to use any glasses or contact lenses during the day, Ortho-K is perfect for a wide range of people including athletes and sporty people, people who love the beach or water-sports, those of us who get dry eye or allergies, and people working in dusty or dry environments.

People of all ages can use Ortho-K and Mr Petty has successfully and safely treated clients aged from six to 70. In fact children with short-sightedness are ideal candidates for Ortho-K as the treatment not only improves their vision for school and sports, but it also slows the progression of their condition. High levels of myopia increase the risk of other potentially blinding eye conditions later in life, he says. He encourages parents to bring their children in for Ortho-K or other myopia control treatments when myopia is first discovered, in order to limit the extent of their myopic eye disease during their youth.

If you or your children would like to say goodbye to your glasses, find out if Ortho-K Vision Correction is right for you by arranging a consultation at Bay Eye Care. After all, the best corrective lens is no lens at all!