Laser Eye Surgery? That’s the Question, But Is It the Answer?
Laser Surgery is nearly a household name, but there is an alternative to consider that has been around even longer – Ortho-K or orthokeratology.
Ortho-k or orthokeratology works on a very simple principle that the cells of our body are elastic. When you wear clothes or jewellery, your body temporarily changes shape and an imprint is left that takes hours to disappear. Orthokeratology is an advanced form of contact lens that leaves a temporary imprint on the cornea allowing you to see all day without further need for glasses or contact lenses. No more irritating or dry eye with contact lenses, no more annoyance from glasses. The only thing you need to do is go to sleep with a lens on your eye that you remove the next day. You do not feel the lens while you sleep and the treatment lasts one to two days. Like other forms of contact lens wear, it does need you to adhere to good hygiene practices to avoid the risk of infection.
You need to continue wearing the lenses every night to every second night for maximum effect but this also makes the treatment completely reversible. Ortho-k is suitable to use in children and teenagers, and recent research also shows that it is beneficial for slowing the progression of myopia or short-sightedness in children.