Here at Geneva Eye Care, we are proud to offer ortho-k for our patients.
As you may know, myopia is a condition in which objects nearby appear clearly, but objects far away do not. Myopia is prevalent in children, with close to three million new cases every year, and tends to run in families. With screen time becoming more prevalent, myopia cases are reaching epidemic proportions, which is why ortho-k is a great treatment for both kids and adults alike.
Many people prefer to avoid eye surgery if possible, but if you are looking to improve your vision by correcting myopia as dramatically as surgery could, you may be interested in orthokeratology, commonly known as “ortho-k”. Ortho-k is a non-surgical solution for patients suffering from myopia (nearsightedness) that uses specially designed contact lenses (like Paragon CRT lenses) to improve vision over time.
Ortho-k lenses are designed to be worn while sleeping and temporarily reshape the cornea.
To slow down the progression of myopia, ortho-k lenses are very safe and are actually the only proven solution for myopia control with no long term side effects. Although these lenses are not very common and most people still prefer laser surgery, this reshaping method is gaining more popularity as the procedure continues to be improved.
On average, it takes just two weeks for maximum correction, and with good care, a set of ortho-k lenses can last for up to three years.
The benefits of wearing ortho-k lenses include:
- An effective way to slow down the progression of myopia.
- Offering great vision all day without needing to wear glasses or contact lenses.
- Recommended for active kids playing sports.
- Increased safety when worn at night due to the decreased chances of foreign bodies entering the eye.
- Recommended for patients suffering from dry eyes or can’t tolerate soft contact lenses.
If your child lives an active lifestyle or plays sports and suffers from myopia, we recommend ortho-k lenses to eliminate their need for wearing glasses or contact lenses. Because ortho-k is an elective vision correction, it is not covered by most vision insurance plans; however, a portion of the fees may be covered by insurance depending on the severity of the myopia. The cost of ortho-k greatly depends on your myopia case and can range from $2,000 to $4,000 for both eyes. Before paying out of pocket or setting up a payment plan, we recommend that you check your insurance policy to confirm your vision coverage and treatment options before beginning ortho-k treatment.