Have you heard of the new technology known as Corneal Refractive Therapy (also known as Orthokeratology, Ortho-K ?
Menicon Ortho-K Lenses works as a continuous wear lenses to correct myopia. Myope is an eye condition of where distance image appear blur and near image look clear. Normally, the standard correction available for myopia correction is using glasses, contact lens or lasik surgery. Today, there is another great alternative way to correct myopia condition, named as orthokeratology.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), optometrists are defined as a healthcare profession that is autonomous, educated and regulated (licensed/registered). Optometrists are primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system. In short, optometrists are working under essential services.
In the recent news, the government had revoked our permission to operate in our usual operating hours in phase three of Movement Control Order (MCO). In a letter from Association of Malaysian Optometrists (AMO) to Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), the Optometrists request to be classified under “Healthcare Providers” and allow Optometrists to practice under the strict guideline of National Security Council (NSC).
Optometrists and practice owners have received an overwhelming amount of pleads from their patients/customers with emergency issues such as, broken glasses, frame misalignment that leads to poor eye focus, change in refractive error (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia), blurred vision for non spectacle wearers, etc. These conditions can cause major inconvenience such as headaches and migraine that can interrupt running our daily activities.
AMO also said that during MCO, everyone needs a good eyesight. For example, doctors need sharp vision to operate and treat patients. Delivery drivers need a clear vision to ensure their safety while driving. Students and office workers who study and work from home definitely need good vision to maintain productivity.
Today we received a message from a struggling mother, whose son had accidentally broken his glasses. Her child who is in distress and is crying in despair because he said he could not see properly with his broken glasses. Optometrists can help in all above situations. However, as the government does not realise the importance of Optometrists as a essential service provider, we are restricted to serve and fix the problems for customer. We can repair either broken or misaligned glasses and dispense a proper prescription. This is why we, as an optometrists should be considered working under essential services. We do not only sell glasses, we also care for your eyes.
High myopia is exactly like what it sounds like, a high degree of nearsightedness or short-sighted. This eye condition is a relatively severe level of short-sightedness that can lead or be associated with significant eye health complications.
A new concern among parents nowadays emerges as the numbers of children who are short-sighted or myopic has been increasing year after year. The questions of is my child short-sighted? Why is she short-sighted? How can I help my child?
So you want to be an optometrist, but, where do you begin your journey? Well, I am here to tell you step by step on how you can be an optometrist.
With all that is positive about Ortho-K and their high percentage rates of slowing down the rate of increase Myopia (Nearsightedness), there are side effects that you have to look out for.
Ortho-keratology or Ortho-K is the usage of a specially designed gas permeable contact lens. It is a lens that gently reshapes the cornea or the front surface of the eyeball to reduce or control myopia. Myopia is referred as Shortsightedness or “Rabun jauh”. Some people refer to it as Hard Lens or OK lenses. You wear these lens overnight and you can see clearly when you wake up. After you remove them of course.
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Have you heard of the new technology known as Corneal Refractive Therapy (also known as Orthokeratology, Ortho-K)? Well, with Corneal