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What Are Overnight Ortho-K Contact Lenses?

Ortho-k lenses are customized contact lenses that gently reshape the cornea, the front part of the eye, overnight, allowing children and adults to enjoy clear vision the following day—without needing to wear glasses or contact lenses. They’re ideal for people with myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.

Studies have shown that ortho-k lenses can help stop the progression of myopia in children and teenagers, which in turn can help prevent eye diseases in adulthood.

Moreover, ortho-k is a great option for athletes of any age who don’t want to deal with contact lenses or glasses while playing sports. The lenses may also allow many adults with presbyopia — a normal part of the ageing process — to forgo reading glasses. The lenses enable professionals like pilots and people in law enforcement to meet their jobs’ unaided vision requirements.

What Is Orthokeratology/Ortho-K?

Orthokeratology (also called ortho-k), is specially fitted and designed gas permeable contact lenses that temporarily and gently reshape the cornea to correct refractive errors like myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. By wearing ortho-k lenses every night, anyone can enjoy clear, sharp vision during the day, without relying on eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Research shows that ortho-k lenses not only effectively removes the need to wear glasses or daytime contact lenses; they can also slow and sometimes stop the progression of myopia. That’s important because children with moderate to severe myopia are at risk of developing sight-threatening eye diseases later in life.

This explains why many optometrists prescribe ortho-k for myopia management.

The Other Names For Ortho-K

Over the years you may have heard different terms and names for orthokeratology. While there are different orthokeratology lens fitting systems and designs, the principles behind them in reshaping the cornea are similar. These names include:

  • Ortho-k
  • Accelerated Ortho-K (AOK)
  • Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)
  • Dream Lenses
  • Global Orthokeratology Vision (GOV)
  • Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS)
  • Molding Lenses
  • Natural Vision Improvement
  • Night Lenses
  • Overnight Lenses
  • Overnight Corneal Reshaping (OCR)
  • Vision Shaping Treatment (VST)

What Are the Benefits of Ortho-K?

  • Slows the progression of myopia – Having moderate to high myopia is a risk factor for developing serious eye conditions in adulthood.
  • Correct refractive errors – The lenses can correct myopia, presbyopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.
  • Provide fast correction – Ortho-k provides fast results. Some people are able to get rid of their corrective lenses after a single night of treatment. However, if you or your child has a strong prescription, it may take a few days or two to three weeks for optimal results.
  • Clear vision all day long – The gentle corneal reshaping that corrects vision overnight lasts all day and at times even two days.
  • They’re comfortable – Created with precise mapping technology, ortho-k lenses are custom-fit to the eyes, thus ensuring optimal comfort.
  • Have an excellent safety record – Orthokeratology lenses provide safe vision correction when used properly and according to hygiene protocols. CRT by Paragon is also FDA-approved for how effective it is!
  • Reshape the cornea temporarily – The changes to the corneal shape aren’t permanent, so if patients eventually opt for laser refractive surgery, they can stop using the lenses and the cornea will naturally revert to its original shape. This allows for better laser results.

Are Overnight Ortho-K Lenses Safe?

Yes. Ortho-k is a safe, non-surgical, and reversible alternative to LASIK. It is ideal for any adult who is active during the day and doesn’t want to wear contact lenses or glasses.

Unlike standard contact lenses, which can damage your eyes if you wear them overnight, ortho-k lenses are specially designed to be worn while you sleep!

As with any contact lenses, make sure to always follow your eye doctor‘s instructions regarding how to properly handle and care for your overnight lenses.

For more information on ortho-k lenses, contact today. We’ll be happy to schedule an eye exam and answer any questions you may have.

Our practice serves patients from Old Bridge, East Brunswick, Woodbridge, and Edison, New Jersey and surrounding communities.

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Ortho-K Lenses | What Is the Cost of Great Vision?

There are contact lenses, and then there are contact lenses. While standard soft lenses offer a good level of comfort and visual clarity, Orthokeratology (ortho-k) contact lenses provide complete visual clarity while eliminating the need for any daytime eyewear. Ortho-k is an excellent choice for just about anyone who wishes to spend their days free of contact lenses or prescription eyeglasses, such as athletes, students, performers and those who work outdoors. Ortho-k lenses are also used to manage myopia progression in children, one of the most popular uses of these customized contact lenses. If you’re ready to upgrade to ortho-k contact lenses, contact today.

The Ortho-K Difference

Orthokeratology reshapes your cornea for sharper and clearer vision. These specially-designed gas permeable lenses are custom-fit to the eye’s shape and refractive error. Ortho-K lenses are worn overnight to gently and safely reshape the cornea. Air can pass through the lenses and reach the eye, making for comfortable wear. In the morning, the ortho-k lenses are removed, thus providing clear and crisp vision all day long without any need for daytime contacts or prescription eyeglasses.

Why Does Ortho-K Cost More Than Standard Lenses?

The lenses are designed for your eyes only — and customized products always cost more. The extra time, personalized attention and high-quality material used to ensure a perfect fit all add to the cost. The cost also includes a comprehensive eye exam and precisely measuring the corneal curvature.

Furthermore, the value of ortho-k lenses is largely tied to the reason patients choose them — because ortho-k provides something that other products or procedures can’t. For example, someone who wants corrected vision without having to don daytime eyewear or undergo surgery will opt for ortho-k as all of those needs will be met in a safe and comfortable way.

Parents of myopic children often prefer ortho-k lenses over other myopia management options due to its proven effectiveness in slowing the progression of pediatric myopia, thus improving their child’s ocular health and vision.

The many patients (and parents of patients) who use ortho-k lenses can attest that this unique method of vision correction is well worth its price point. woman in red floral shirt lying on grass field

What About LASIK?

Though LASIK may be tempting, it’s more costly and not a permanent solution. There are a number of patients who undergo LASIK only to find themselves dealing with post-surgery complications. They may also end up requiring additional forms of vision correction 10-15 years down the road. Ortho-k, on the other hand, molds the cornea into a healthier shape, providing a clear and stable visual experience for people aged 6 to 65+. Furthermore, LASIK only lasts for 20-30 or so years, whereas ortho-k can be used for far more.

The Cost of Better Vision

The majority of contact lens wearers use soft lenses. These are usually replaced either on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. The cost of standard soft lenses is roughly $300 per year. However, this doesn’t include the lens solution, which can run close to $150 to $200 per year.

Daily disposable contacts are even more costly, as they are worn once a day and then discarded, eliminating the need for storage or lens solution. Standard daily contacts can cost anywhere between $500-$600 per year, while higher quality dailies can run upwards of $600 to $800 annually.

Ortho-k lenses are a high-quality, 100% personalized set of contact lenses made to fit the exact measurements of your cornea. Therefore, one can expect that a product of such high caliber will appropriately be more costly.

While Ortho-K comes with some high initial costs, the yearly upkeep is quite affordable. Plus, the added benefits of visual quality and slowing myopia progression in children can last a lifetime.

Get Ready For An Ortho-K Upgrade

Whether you’ve been using standard contact lenses or prescription eyeglasses, it may be time for an upgrade. Talk to the optometric staff at Family Eye Care about how Ortho-K contact lenses can improve not only vision, but also quality of life for you or your child.

Our practice serves patients from Old Bridge, East Brunswick, Woodbridge, and Edison, New Jersey and surrounding communities.
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Ortho-K, a Little Known Contact Lens Alternative for Athletes

A nearsighted athlete’s greatest nightmare is to break one’s glasses or have contact lenses fall out during play. Fortunately, there exists a non-surgical option that eliminates the need to wear glasses and contacts while providing clear vision. Orthokeratology, also called ortho-k, are overnight lenses that gently reshape the cornea overnight to offer sharp vision throughout the day.

If you’re interested in clear and crisp vision all day long, contact us at . We offer a comprehensive eye exam and custom fitting for ortho-k lenses.

Why Athletes With Myopia Should Look for Alternatives

There’s no question that myopia (nearsightedness) is a disadvantage for athletes. Glasses are a physical hindrance and certainly can limit an athlete’s performance. Glasses can move around on the face, get foggy when you sweat, and may obstruct your peripheral vision.

Contact lenses could be a better alternative to glasses, but they too have issues as they can move out of place or dry up, causing fluctuating or blurred vision. Having dry eyes or getting sand kicked onto your face are also major concerns if you wear contact lenses.

Ortho-k provides athletes with clear, comfortable and stable vision and excellent peripheral vision without having to wear any glasses or contacts throughout the day. Ortho-k might just be the perfect solution for a young athlete striving for success on the sports field.

What Is Orthokeratology?

Orthokeratology, also known as corneal reshaping therapy (CRT), is a safe, non-surgical, non-evasive and reversible treatment for myopia, astigmatism and farsightedness (hyperopia).

An ortho-k lens is a rigid gas permeable lens (RGP), custom-designed to the shape of a person’s cornea — the front part of the eye. This lens is very comfortable and is worn only at night, during which time it gently reshapes the cornea into the correct shape. Once the lenses are removed in the morning, the athlete can enjoy clear vision all day long.

Another advantage of ortho-k is that the gentle reshaping is temporary, meaning there is no permanent change to the corneal shape. The cornea slowly returns to its original curvature by the late evening.

How Can Athletes Benefit From Ortho-K?

For the first time, a young or adult athlete can experience perfect vision without having to resort to surgery or depending on optical corrections, such as glasses or contact lenses. Benefits of ortho-k include:

  • Achieving clear, sharp and stable vision.
  • No longer having to worry that glasses or contact lenses will move around, get knocked off, get broken or lost.
  • Reduced concerns around fluctuating vision, sand in your face and other visual discomforts.
  • No longer having to carry around spare contacts, glasses, or solution.

Why Should Athletes Start Ortho-K During Childhood?

shallow focus photo of manOrtho-k is also an effective myopia management method for children, as it can slow down the myopic progression and prevent the continual increase in your child’s prescription.

Athletes can benefit from a lower level of myopia as adults if they use ortho-k lenses during childhood and early adolescence. This is particularly significant, since high myopia has been linked to vision-threatening conditions later in life, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and retinal detachment.

Advantages of Ortho-K Over Regular Contact Lenses

While contact lenses work well for certain sports, they also tend to dry out due to infrequent blinking over an extended period of time. In sports that require prolonged concentration or focus, such as baseball, tennis, archery, or even basketball, athletes are particularly prone to blinking less. This can cause the contacts to dry out, resulting in foggy or fluctuating vision.

As mentioned earlier, contact lenses can move off-center, especially during contact sports, such as football and hockey or martial arts, such as boxing and judo where the body gets jolted around. Even fast, sudden head movements or water splashing into the eye can cause the lens to move out of place.

In those with eye allergies, contact lenses can feel unbearable, as it exacerbates the already itchy, dry and gritty eyes.

Orthokeratology provides an ideal solution for all these issues.sad girl

Advantages of Ortho-K Over LASIK Surgery

Many active adult athletes choose a surgical solution, such as LASIK, to permanently rid themselves of their specific vision problems, such as astigmatism, myopia and hyperopia.

Surgical intervention is never without risk. Certain complications may arise following LASIK surgery, including sensitivity to light, glares, astigmatism and chronic dry eye — any of which could significantly impact an athlete’s performance. Further complications, such as poor corneal healing and corneal thinning, can cause long term or even permanent changes to vision and could even mark the end of an athlete’s career.

LASIK surgery is not an option until roughly the age of 21 since prior to that the eyes are still developing. The earlier years, however, are those in which young athletes learn sports and develop most of their athletic skills. It’s a time when clear, sharp and comfortable vision is an absolute must!

Ortho-k offers an excellent solution for any athlete seeking clear, comfortable and sharp vision all day long.

How Can You Obtain Ortho-K Lenses?

An optometrist who focuses on myopia management, such as , can provide ortho-k lenses. At , we examine the athlete’s eyes and create an exact topographic map of the cornea’s surface with the help of specialized equipment. The ortho-k contact lenses are then custom-designed to meet the individual’s requirements.

We will also provide guidance on caring for and cleaning the lenses.

Don’t let vision issues get in the way of achieving your best on the sports field. If glasses or contacts are getting in the way of your or your child’s athletic performance, contact at to schedule an eye exam today.

Our practice serves patients from Old Bridge, East Brunswick, Woodbridge, and Edison, New Jersey and surrounding communities.

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