Orthokeratology for Treatment of Near-Sightedness: FAQs Answered By Our Prescott Valley Optometrist

Orthokeratology is a treatment usually offered to Prescott Valley patients who are near-sighted. Ortho-K is available to anyone who does not qualify for PRK or Lasik surgery.

What exactly is Orthokeratology?

When you look in the mirror, you will notice a transparent bulge that sits over your eye lens. This part is called the cornea, which is often corrected using contact lenses designed to reshape the eyeball’s cornea and correct near-sightedness.

What is near-sightedness?

This condition, one medically referred to as myopia, is one that causes people to clearly see objects close to them. However, distant objects appear blurry to them. The use of contact lenses that reshapes the cornea is said to be a safe, non-invasive way to treat this issue.

What causes a person to not see objects at a distance?

People who have myopia usually have longer eyeballs than individuals who can see both up close and at a distance. Near-sighted people also might have a steeply curved cornea, or their eye lenses just remain stuck in a focus mode only meant for near vision. Genetics and age, as well as excessive reading or computer use, could also contribute to the development of near-sightedness.

How is near-sightedness diagnosed?

Symptoms such as a child’s ability to read instructions on a worksheet but inability to see a projector screen at the front of the class provide some clues as to what is wrong. Having to strain the eyes, frequent headaches, and worsening of distant vision over time are other signs that could lead to a diagnosis.

Aside from evaluating noticeable symptoms, the most common test for detecting vision problems is by reading letters on an eye chart. This condition also can be diagnosed using an eye pressure test and having the patient undergo a retinal or slit lamp examination. During the exams, a doctor would typically look for the point at which the eye does not bend light correctly (refractive error).

How does myopia impact my vision, and how does Orthokeratology correct it?

The ability to see distant objects is a condition that could worsen over time. However, using the Ortho-K lenses allows you to see clearly both up close and far away from you. This process is one that requires repeated use, however. You can, for instance, insert the contact lenses at night to prepare you for having the vision you need during the day.

Contact Prescott Valley Eye Care, P.C. Today

Prescott Valley Eye Care, P.C. wants to help you improve your ability to see far as well as near. Contact us anytime at (928) 771-9939 or come and visit our Prescott Valley, AZ office to make an appointment today.

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