Is there anything I can do to help my Child’s eyes from getting worse?

Is there anything I can do the help my child’s eyes from getting worse?” As an eye doctor, this is a question I frequently hear from parents. Frustrated with answering the typical “no, it’s just genetic” and seeing my young patients’ eyes get worse from year to year, I searched for treatment options. This search led me to the specialty practice of orthokeratology or “ortho-K.”
Orthokeratology involves the fitting of a specialized contact lens designed to gently reshape the cornea during sleep much like braces align teeth. Depending on severity, 20/20 vision can be restored in as little as one day to a few weeks. The treatment provides the patient with clear daytime vision without glasses or contact lenses. While the practice of orthokeratology has been around for the past 40 years, it is becoming more prominent because of advancements in lenses and the benefit of myopia (or nearsightedness) control. Clinical research shows that this treatment can slow the elongation of the eye, which contributes to progressive nearsightedness in children and young adults. The orthokeratology lenses slow the elongation by specially shaping the cornea to focus images on the retina in a way that differs from traditional contact lenses or glasses.
The benefits of orthokeratology for the patient transcend simple nearsightedness control. Young patients enjoy the self-
confidence that comes from not wearing glasses and eliminates arguments over lost or broken glasses. The treatment also provides freedom for sports and outdoor play without discomfort from soft contact lenses or fear of losing a lens.
After presenting ortho-k as an option I often am asked, “Why haven’t I heard about this before?” and “Is it safe?” Ortho-k is a specialty practice, which requires extensive training and doctor certification. I am a member of the Orthokeratology Academy of America, which is an organization dedicated to developing and updating protocols and education for doctors performing orthokeratology. I have also undergone individual certification by the manufacturers of all the lenses I fit. If your doctor does not perform the procedure, you will likely not hear about it as an option. As for safety, FDA trials have shown no increased risk with ortho-k lenses compared to other soft contact lenses approved for overnight wear. All lenses I use are FDA approved for the ortho-k process. Further, one of the greatest benefits of ortho-k is that it is non-invasive and completely reversible. For this reason, it can be a great alternative for adults (as there are no age limits for ortho-k) who shy away from the permanency of LASIK.

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