What is Ortho-K?
Ortho-K (short for orthokeratology) is a nonsurgical process that improves vision for those with nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. Special contact lenses are worn nightly to gently reshape the curvature of the cornea (the front surface of the eye) to bring the eye into correct focus for approximately one day. It is similar to wearing an orthodontic retainer at night after having braces in order to maintain the positioning of the teeth.
FDA-approved since 2004, Ortho-K has been experiencing ever-increasing adoption in the U.S. in recent years due to technological advances and improved lens design.
How Does Ortho-K work?
It works while you sleep. You put the lenses on when you go to bed and remove them when you wake up. Your vision is clear during the day, without glasses or contact lenses.
Who is a Candidate?
Ortho-K is safe for adults and children (over 8 years old). It offers an alternative solution to surgery, such as LASIK, for which children are not eligible, and benefits those who prefer not to wear glasses or contacts and provides advantages to people with safety concerns related to their jobs or activities, e.g., military personnel, construction workers, athletes (swimmers, basketball players).
Ortho-K is the best method available to slow the progression of myopia in children, slowing the rate of increase by 40% – 60% or more. This is highly significant, as progressive myopia can increase a child’s risk of a number of sight-threatening eye diseases such as glaucoma and detached retinas.
Why consult with Dr. Curtis Frank?
A practicing optometrist in Boston for 30 years, Dr. Frank is one of the region’s leading specialists in the area of Ortho-K. Dr. Frank and his team care deeply about their patients and the treatment they receive, and have successfully treated hundreds of patients with Ortho-K lenses since they were FDA approved 10 years ago. Read about Dr. Frank’s patient success stories here.
What is the cost for Ortho-K?
The cost for Ortho-K is typically less than half of LASIK surgery with similar results. Typical, straight-forward cases normally cost in the $1,500 – $2000 range, which includes visits for exams and measurements for one pair of Ortho-K lenses, and insertion and removal training along with three months of cleaning solutions for the lenses.
Insurance usually does not fully cover these procedures because they are elective procedures, however, partial coverage may be available if normal contact lenses are covered.
How does Ortho-K differ from LASIK?
No surgery is involved in Ortho-K. Where Ortho-K is fully reversible, LASIK is not.