Accelerated Orthokeratology (AOK) and Myopia Control

Have you ever wondered if Myopia can be treated without glasses and contact lenses?

Free yourself from the requirement for glasses and contact lenses without the requirement for surgery!

Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K for short, is a special non-surgical vision correction procedure. Ortho-K uses special contact lenses that are worn each night during sleep to gently reshape the cornea and correct your vision.

The cornea is the clear front surface of your eye. It bends light as it enters your eye in order for you to see. If the cornea is not the exact right shape, images will be blurry and you may need visual correction, like glasses, to see clearly. Ortho-K lenses gently reshape the cornea while you sleep. When you wake up, you will take out the Ortho-K lenses and be able to see clearly during the daytime without wearing any glasses or conventional soft contact lenses!

Many people with mild to moderate nearsightedness, with or without astigmatism, may benefit from the use of Ortho-K lenses. If you stop wearing the lenses, your eyes will return to their original shape. Since Ortho-K lenses are only worn at night, the risks are minimal and patients can discontinue at any time without adverse effects. The use of Ortho-K lenses does not rule out LASIK or other surgical vision correction options in the future.

In addition, Ortho-K is a proven treatment for Myopia Control. In many studies, Ortho-K has been shown to reduce the progression of nearsightedness in children or teenagers with myopia by at least 49%.

Ortho-K consultations and fittings are available at KODAK Lens | Broadview Eyecare, KODAK Lens | Woodbine Eyecare, KODAK Lens | Parkway Eyecare, and KODAK Lens | Centerpoint Eyecare. Specialized equipment is used to map your cornea so a custom lens can be built for you.

Learn more about Myopia Control Services by clicking here. Speak with our optometrists to discover if you are a good candidate for Orthokeratology.

What is myopia or nearsightedness?

Do you have myopia (nearsightedness)? In a typical eye, light focuses on the retina for a sharp and clear image. In a myopic eye, the eyeball grows too long. This means light focuses in front of the retina making distance vision blurry. As your child grows, their eyes continue to grow meaning their myopia is likely to worsen. This can have significant impact on their everyday life and possibly lead to future eye health problems.

What you should know about nearsightedness:

Myopia usually starts around 8-12 years old and continues to get progressively worse until the child stops growing. The younger a child is when they first become nearsighted, the worse their prescription is likely to become. Most children who become nearsighted at a young age are often totally reliant on glasses to see by the time they have stopped growing.

Being reliant on glasses to see well leads to greater challenges in many aspects of everyday life – especially when growing up. Later in life, nearsightedness can lead to eye heath and vision issues; the more nearsighted you are, the greater these risks become.1 It’s really important to look at solutions to slow down the speed at which nearsightedness progresses.

Do you know the impact myopia has on the world?

More than 50% of the global population will develop myopia by 2050.

What you can do about nearsightedness (Myopia):

Catching and treating myopia early can slow its progression, reducing the severity of myopia and in turn reducing the associated risk of developing these more serious eye conditions. Our Optometrists understand the importance of keeping myopia under control. There are many current treatment options available:

  • Multifocal Spectacles
  • Orthokeratology (ortho-K)
  • Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses
  • Atropine

Slowing myopia progression can significantly reduce the risk of myopia-related complications and vision loss later in life.

  • High levels of myopia can lead to substantial vision loss due to axial elongaton
  • Myopia significantly increases the risk of retinal detachment and myopic maculopathy
  • Even low myopia levels are associated with an increased prevalence of glaucoma and cataracts

Millions of children across Canada are poised to benefit from a breakthrough therapy that addresses the fast-growing issue of myopia (nearsightedness), which is projected to negatively affect more than 50 percent of the world’s population by 20502.