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Menicon Ortho-K Lenses

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.

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ortko-k contact lens

Successful Ortho-k fitting

Orthokeratology, also known as Ortho-K is a non-surgical procedure of reshaping the cornea gently while you sleep, with a specially designed therapeutic gas permeable contact lens. This type of contact lenses can have a successful fitting by correcting the refractive error, primarily myopia (near-sighted) but astigmatism and hyperopia (long-sighted). Ortho-K sometimes called corneal reshaping (CR), corneal refractive therapy or even vision shaping.

Ortho-K lenses gradually change the cornea curvature overnight to reduce corneal refractive power, resulting in images being focused on the retina. The successful of Ortho-k fitting occurs as vision will be improved after remove the lenses without the needs of wearing any glasses or contact lenses during the day.

Corneal reshaping with Ortho-K lenses in overnight
Process of cornea reshaping in overnight

The main objective of Ortho-K is help to slow down myopia progression in children. The myopia epidemic in Asia is evident because the prevalence of high myopia among young adults is higher among Asian (6.8% – 21.6%) compared to non-Asian populations (2.0% – 2.3%). [YL Wong et al 2016]

Besides that, Ortho- K lenses is a non-surgical and reversible vision correction treatment. For those children who wish spectacle free during day time activities but too young for LASIK, Ortho-K is the most suitable option. Ortho-K is a specially designed gas permeable contact lens which offers high oxygen transmission to maintain eye health.

Jennifer (2018) stated that when Ortho-K used for partial or full correction of myopia, has been shown to slow down myopic progression in children by 35-56 % as compared to controlled group who wearing spectacle or contact lenses.

Children with successful ortho-k
Example of successful Ortho-K fitting

The criteria for Ortho-K including myopia below -6.00D and astigmatism below -2.00D. Children and teenagers with myopia progression (power increment) are suitable for Ortho-K treatment. Individuals who are active in sport, individual whose occupation do not encourage eyewear. Ortho-K is another best alternative to LASIK. Compliance and independent characteristics is very important as well.

Ortho-K is a specially designed gas permeable contact lens that wears overnight to reshape the corneal curvature and correct the refractive error which provide a spectacle free clear vision to carry on dailies activities. For more information, do contact your best optometrist in KL

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Dry Eye and Contact Lenses
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Ortho k therapy procedure

Ortho-K Disadvantages

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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