OrthoK and Myopia Management

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.

Understanding Myopia:

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.

  • Prolonged close-up activities. Prolonged reading or other close-up activities are associated with an increased risk of nearsightedness.
  • Screen time. Studies show that children who use computers or smart devices for prolonged periods have a greater risk of developing nearsightedness.
  • Environmental Factors. Insufficient time spent outdoors in natural sunlight may increase the risk of nearsightedness.

Risks of High Myopia:

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.

Introducing Orthokeratology (Ortho K):

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.

How Ortho-K Works:

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:

  • Non-Surgical and Reversible: Ortho K is a non-invasive and reversible, making it an excellent option for those who are hesitant about surgical options.
  • Effective for Various Lifestyles: Ideal for people with active lifestyles or professions, such as athletes or those working in dusty environments.
  • Reduced Dependence on Glasses and Contacts: Ortho K provides clear vision during the day without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Advantages of Ortho K for Kids:

  • Myopia Control in Growing Eyes: Ortho K is extremely beneficial for children with progressive myopia. By gently reshaping the cornea overnight, it can slow down the progression of myopia during crucial developmental years, reducing the risk of high myopia-related complications later in life.
  • Improved Academic Performance: Ortho K provides children with sharp, unaided vision throughout the day. This can greatly impact their performance in school, especially with activities that require good visual acuity.
  • Freedom from Glasses: Children engaged in sports, outdoor activities, or those hesitant to wear glasses during the day can benefit greatly from Ortho K. It offers children the freedom to enjoy activities without the hindrance of glasses.
  • Parental Peace of Mind: Ortho K is a safe and reversible option for managing myopia. The option to adjust or stop the treatment as needed allows for flexibility as a child's eyes continue to grow and change.

Is Ortho K right for you or your child?

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!

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