Orthokeratology • n.
A treatment for defects of refractive error by altering the shape of the cornea through the application of a series of differently shaped contact lenses.
Myopia Control • n.
Treatments used by healthcare professionals to slow down the progression of shortsightedness in children.
Orthokeratology and Myopia Control
Myopia is a refraction condition of the eye. This occurs when the light rays focus in front of the retina. This makes vision blurry at distance but clear at near. Most of the times when myopia is detected glasses or contact lenses may be prescribed to improve vision. As children who have myopia reach their teenage years they are likely to have increases in their glasses or contact lens prescription. This will probably continue until it stabilises in early adulthood. The incidence of myopia is increasing. In Asia, about 90% of the adult population is myopic. In Australia that figure is 40%
The higher degree of myopia the higher chances of eye related diseases such as glaucoma, early cataracts and retinal detachment.Risk factors for your child developing high degrees of myopia include genetics, physical and environmental factors. This is why it's so crucial to have your child's eyes tested regularly so we can monitor changes like myopia progression.
Orthokeratology has been a proven way to slow down or even halt the progression of myopia in children.
As mentioned above, Orthokeratology is a treatment for defects of refractive error by altering the shape of the cornea through the application of a series of differently shaped contact lenses. The cornea is the front part of the eye responsible for about 40% of your eye's refractive index. Orthokeratology can correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.
The lenses you will need to wear are made from highly breathable material. They are also designed to give you good vision while you wear them. These lenses do need to be cared for specifically and we make sure all our patients are comfortable with removal, insertion and cleaning procedures.
Each pair of Orthokeratology lenses can last up to two years before a replacement is needed.