Ortho-K: FAQ

Orthokeratology, commonly known as ortho-k, are special contact lenses that temporarily correct nearsightedness. In some cases, they can even correct farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. If, after hearing more about ortho-k, you decide that they may be right for you, our optometrists at Main Street Vision in Longmont, CO, can fit you with them.


How Does Ortho-K Work?

Ortho-k differs from regular contacts because you don't wear them all day. You put these contacts at night, and while you sleep, they reshape your cornea. The next morning you will remove them, and you should be able to see clearly for the whole day.

What Are the Prescription Perimeters for Ortho-K?

To be a good candidate for ortho-k, your prescription must fall within the recommended perimeters. Our optometrists prefer that your prescription is within +2.00 to -6.00 diopters to have these specialty contact lenses. If you have astigmatism, we suggest that your prescription is no higher than -1.75 diopters.

How Long Will It Take Before I Can See Clearly?

Typically, you won't have improved vision after wearing the contacts for just one night. For most people, it takes two nights to start seeing clearly. If you have a higher prescription, it may take three days to see any changes.

What Happens If I Forget to Put the Contacts in At Night?

If you forget to put your ortho-k contacts in just one night, you should still be able to see fine in the next morning. However, forgetting to put them in for more than a day in a row could revert your vision to it once was. When that happens, you will need to start the process all over again.

Can I Get Ortho-K If I Have Dry Eye Syndrome?

People with dry eyes prefer to wear ortho-k as an alternative for traditional contacts. Since the ortho-k lenses are worn while you are sleeping, there is no tear evaporation occurring. In addition to this, ortho-k won't compromise the comfort feeling or vision.

At What Age Is a Person a Good Candidate for Ortho-K?

Ortho-k can be worn by children as young as 8-years-old. There is no maximum age limit for people to wear these contacts.

Schedule a Orthokeratology Fitting Appointment Today

If you are thinking about getting ortho-k contacts, schedule an appointment with Main Street Vision in Longmont, CO. Our optometrists will fit you with the lenses, so you no longer need to rely on glasses or traditional contacts. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 303-651-6700.

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