Fitted contact lenses, also known as ortho-k contact lenses, work to temporarily reshape the cornea, which can improve vision. At Cornea & Cataract Consultants, our eye care team is here to serve Nashville, Franklin, and Murfreesboro, TN. Let's take a look at what you need to know to decide whether ortho-k fitted contact lenses are the right fit for your vision needs.
What is Orthokeratology?
Orthokeratology, also known as ortho-k, is an optometry practice that utilizes fitted contact lenses to temporarily reshape the cornea of the eye in an effort to boost visual acuity. Just like you might get braces to change the shape of your smile, ortho-k contact lenses can work to change the shape of your eyes.
The effects of wearing ortho-k contacts are not permanent, and you'll need to wear them regularly to retain the benefits. Many people enjoy ortho-k contact lenses because they allow them to go without glasses or contacts for short periods of time.
Who is a Good Candidate for Orthokeratology Lenses?
Usually, ortho-k lenses are used to help people who are living with nearsightedness, meaning they can see close objects clearly but struggle to see objects that are further away. Ortho-k lenses can also be a good fit for children and teens who do not want to wear glasses or contacts all the time, but aren't yet good candidates for LASIK surgery or other vision correction surgeries.
Your First Ortho-k Appointment: What to Expect
When you come into our office for your ortho-k appointment, you'll meet with our optometrist to go through each step of the fitting process. First, we'll measure and map the surface of your eye, allowing us to understand exactly what you need from your ortho-k lenses. The mapping process is simple. We use a machine that reflects light off the surface of your cornea, never touching your eye. The process is pain-free.
We'll use the information from your cornea mapping appointment to create your specialized contact lenses. You'll likely be able to feel your lenses at first, but you'll get used to them over time. Typically, ortho-k lenses are worn overnight and removed the following day, allowing you to see clearly without glasses or contacts during your waking hours.
Reach Out to Cornea & Cataract Consultants
At Cornea & Cataract Consultants, we're proud to provide Nashville, Franklin, and Murfreesboro residents with optometry care. Whether it's been a while since you've had an optometry appointment or you have an acute concern you'd like to discuss with an optometrist near me, we invite you to reach out to schedule an appointment today.