Orthokeratology

Improve Your Vision Without Surgery

Providing Innovative Vision Solutions to the Buford, Cumming, Sugar Hill, and Suwanee Communities

Ortho-K

Many patients with vision problems heartily embrace the idea of enjoying vision correction without having to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. Not all of these patients, however, are good candidates for PRK or Lasik surgery, the two standard surgeries used to alter the way the cornea of the eye refracts light. If that describes you, don’t fret – because here at Lake Lanier Eye Care, we offer an advanced corneal reshaping technique known as orthokeratology, or Ortho-K.  Continue reading if you’re interested in learning more about this state-of-the-art solution.

Understanding the Problem

The cornea is a transparent, spherical bulge that sits over the lens of your eye. In addition to protecting the inner parts of the eye, the cornea also performs some lens-like tasks of its own. The shape of the cornea causes incoming light rays to be refracted, or bent, in such a way that the lens can focus them into a clear, sharp, image to pass on to the retina and optic nerve. Ultimately, the optic nerve transmits the image to your brain.

Deformations in the shape of the cornea cause refraction to go wrong in various ways, producing the fuzzy images characteristic of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Glasses and contact lenses are curved to “pre-refract” incoming light to compensate for your personal degree of corneal deformation. 

How Ortho-K works

The doctors at Lake Lanier Eye Care will map the shape of your corneas precisely and then fabricate special contact lenses. Unlike standard contacts, you’ll wear these lenses at night. The lenses perform a subtle corneal reshaping while you sleep, meaning that you can take them out the next morning and enjoy perfect or near-perfect vision.

Ortho-K can help you see clearly for one or two days at a time, possibly even longer. By wearing them regularly at night, you can maintain your clarity of vision for as long as you decide to continue using them. If you decide to use another form of vision correction, simply stop using the Ortho-K lenses and your corneas will assume their previous shape once again.

Is Ortho-K Right for Me?

While you might leap at the thought of permanently correcting vision problems, laser surgery isn’t always the best eye care option. For instance, if you suffer from thin corneas, untreated cataracts, diabetes, certain autoimmune diseases, or a corneal disease called Keratoconus, you should avoid laser eye surgery.

Some of our patients simply don’t like the idea of any kind of surgery, or they want a reversible procedure.  Orthokeratology may be an ideal choice for these individuals.

Are you ready to learn if Ortho-k is right for you or your family?

SEE FOR YOURSELF

We value our patients’ experience at Lake Lanier Eye Care.  We’re proud to have received over one hundred five-star reviews!  Read success stories from all over Sugar Hill, Cumming, Buford, and Suwanee.

“We have been doing the Ortho K night contacts for my 8 yr old daughter and 11 yr old son for a few months now, and they love not having to wear glasses during the day. Thankful Dr. Bordner suggested we try them.”

T Douglas

“Never heard of Ortho K until I brought my 14 year old in for an eye exam. Dr. Bordner and his staff were very informative and recommended Ortho K as the best solution for my daughter’s eye care needs given her active lifestyle. I must say we are very pleased with the results and our overall experience at Lake Lanier Eye Care!!!

TANYA S.

“I was struggling with wearing glasses and contacts so Dr. Brett suggested I try Ortho K. After a short time period my vision was 20/20 and I no longer needed my glasses or contacts during the day. He was knowledgeable and took the time to explain the process making it a far more comfortable experience.”

MELODY M.

“Thank you, Dr. Bordner for suggesting OrthoK for my 10 and 8 year olds. It works great and it’s awesome for the kids not to wear glasses during the day but just wear contacts during the night. Their Vision is 20-20 now and they have no issues using them, and it’s already 2 months since they got it.”

SWETHA K.

Ortho-k FAQs

Many of our patients have not heard of Ortho-K before.  Learn more about this solution and if it’s right for you or a member of your family.

What is Ortho-K?

Orthokeratology (ortho-k) is the fitting of specially designed gas permeable contact lenses that you wear overnight.  While you are asleep, the lenses gently reshape the front surface of your eye (cornea) so you can see clearly the following day after you remove the lenses when you wake up.

 

How Does Ortho-K Work?

The lenses subtly reshape your cornea while you sleep.  This means when you take them out the next morning, you’ll be able to see perfectly or near-perfectly.  By wearing them regularly each night you can maintain your perfect vision for as long as you decide to continue using them.

 

How Long Does Ortho-K Last?

Ortho-K can help you see clearly for one or two days at a time.  If you wear them consistently, you can maintain your clear vision for as long as you continue wearing them.  In the case you decide to use a different form of vision correction, all you need to do is stop wearing your Ortho-K lenses and your corneas will assume their previous shape.

 

What are the Risks of Ortho-K?

The FDA has declared Ortho-K lenses safe for use by patients of all ages – including young children.  The risks for Ortho-K lenses are very similar to the risks of wearing any type of contact lenses.  The most common risk is an infection in the eye caused by inadequate hygiene.  It is imperative to properly clean your hands and disinfect the contact lenses before each use!

Is Ortho-K Right for Me?

We typically recommend Ortho-K lenses to patients who are looking for vision correction for myopia but don’t want to wear glasses or contact lenses.  We also recommend these lenses for those who suffer from dry eye or who have trouble wearing regular contact lenses.  Ortho-K lenses are also a great solution for adults and children who are active in sports. 

Is Getting Ortho-K Complicated?

No!  The process of being fitted for Ortho-K lenses is only slightly longer than a typical contact lens fitting and has a high success rate so you can be sure your lenses will fit properly after your appointment!