LASIK has many advantages over traditional contacts and glasses for those who need vision correction, however it's not for everyone for a myriad of reasons. For those who aren't interested in the procedure, but would like more freedom from their contacts and glasses, orthokeratology (ortho-k) is a great alternative. OrthoK has been around for years, and if the done properly is very safe and effective. Simply put, they are corneal "molds" or "retainers" that reshape your cornea overnight to correct your vision problems. You then remove them in the morning and are able to enjoy great vision throughout the day without your contacts or glasses. Pretty neat right?
Like LASIK, not everyone is a candidate, but with custom designed Ortho-K lenses, many refractive errors (prescriptions) are amenable to corneal reshaping.
Thankfully, the cost of Ortho K is typically 1/2 or less than that of LASIK, and if the retainer lenses are cared for properly, they will likely last you 2 years. Ortho K is also reversible, so if you decide down the road to pursue LASIK, the therapy can be discontinued, and your cornea will return to its natural shape.
To see if your a candidate for ortho K or to inquire more about it, contact our office at 407-647-2020 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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