Eyecare Eyewear’s optometry team has recently completed accreditation for the fitting and prescription of a new type of custom rigid contact lenses for the correction of refractive errors. This form of correction is commonly called Orthokeratology (Ortho-k) or Corneal Refractive Therapy.
The treatment process involves using the eye’s own tear layer to gently re-shape the cornea (front surface of the eye). After overnight wear, the retainer lens is removed to produce clear vision. The retainer lens is required to be worn overnight several times a week to maintain clear vision throughout the day. Orthokeratology is completely reversible and therefore is a great alternative to surgical correction.
Eyecare Eyewear is able to offer this treatment due to the recent purchase of a corneal topographer which enables detailed analysis of the corneal surface. This device also allows greater accuracy in the monitoring and fitting of contact lenses to patients with keratoconus or other corneal related disorders.
Orthokeratology is most suitable for mild to moderate myopic (shortsighted) and mild hyperopic (longsighted) prescriptions. There are also clinical trials underway in the use of this form of vision correction for more complicated refractive corrections. New research has recently demonstrated the ability of Orthokeratology to stop distance vision from getting worse in children.
For further information regarding this exciting vision correction option, please contact the Eyecare Eyewear Team on 07 4669 7072 (Dalby), 07 4668 9888 (Chinchilla), 07 4661 4144 (Warwick) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.