Welcome to Eyes On Sammamish , where we address the growing concern of myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness. The prevalence of myopia has surged globally in recent years, with U.S. children experiencing a doubling rate over the past decade. Projections indicate that 50% of the world's population will be myopic by 2050. It's a critical issue that demands attention.
Myopia occurs when the eyeball elongates, causing light rays to focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it. This results in blurred vision for distant objects while nearby objects remain clear. Typically starting during childhood or adolescence, myopia may worsen as the eye continues to grow.
Myopia Risk Factors:
Genetics. If either of your parents is nearsighted, your likelihood of developing the condition is elevated. This risk further increases if both parents are nearsighted.
High levels of myopia can increase the risk of developing sight threatening conditions like retinal detachment, glaucoma, cataracts, and myopic maculopathy. Progressive myopia may also lead to a increased dependency on corrective lenses.
One treatment gaining popularity is Orthokeratology, or Ortho K. This non-surgical procedure involves using specially designed contact lenses to reshape the cornea overnight, providing clear vision during the day without the need for glasses or lenses. Ortho K is particularly effective for individuals seeking an alternative to traditional eyewear.
Unlike standard contact lenses, Ortho K lenses are worn while you sleep. The lenses exert gentle pressure on the cornea, molding it into a shape that corrects refractive errors. This temporary reshaping allows for improved focus, allowing individuals to see clearly throughout the day after removing the lenses upon waking.
Who Can Benefit from Ortho K:
Ortho K is best for individuals with mild to moderate myopia. It can be a great option for those who are not eligible for laser vision correction or are seeking a reversible alternative. Additionally, Ortho K is popular among athletes, professionals, and individuals with active lifestyles who prefer not to wear glasses or contact lenses during their daily activities.
Advantages of Ortho K:
Advantages of Ortho K for Kids:
Determining whether Orthokeratology (Ortho K) is the right choice for you, or your child involves several factors related to lifestyle, vision needs, and eye health. If you or your child experiences mild to moderate myopia and is looking for a non-surgical, reversible option for vision correction, Ortho K may be a suitable solution. To determine if Ortho K aligns with your specific needs, schedule a consultation with our experienced eyecare professionals. We will conduct a thorough eye examination, discuss your requirements, and come up with a personalized plan to ensure optimal visual health and comfort. Take the first step towards clear, comfortable vision – book your appointment today!