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So, if you’re nearsighted, you have to have some kind of correction if you want to see clearly in the distance. So, you have to pick, 1- glasses, 2- daytime contacts, 3- laser surgery if you’re 18 or older or, 4- ortho-k. With 1, you’ve got glasses on your face all day, in 2, you’ve got to have a lens on all day and put up with its issues, 3, corneal ablation (tissue removal) surgery (LASIK, etc.), or 4, put them on at night, take them off in the am and you’re good to go all day with nothing on. Pick your poison so to speak. In the vast majority of people, number 4 wins hands down because ortho-k equals freedom. Eye care practitioners should consider the social and visual benefits of ortho-k when choosing vision correction alternatives. And, best of all, ortho-k controls the progression of myopia! Myopia Management/Myopia Control (MC) has finally moved front and center. Every ophthalmic publication in the world is talking about MC. Please review the section on Myopia Control.
The Many Benefits Of Ortho-k:
Ortho-K corrects your vision while you sleep.
Wake up and join the day with optimum clear vision often better than with glasses.
No more torn daytime contact lenses, no more broken frames or scratched lenses.
No more discomfort from dry or itchy eyes.
Dr. Berke is unique and passionate about Ortho-K and has designed and patented his tailor-made lenses and method of fitting just for your eyes. They hold the moniker One-Lens-One-Eye® and are a custom fit like no other! See clearly all day and do any of the things you would like to do.
No glasses, No daytime Contacts and No Surgery. JUST AWESOME VISION!
Be yourself and open doors to your life’s potential and passion and, stop the progression of myopia up to 85% of the time!
Ask yourself, What Do I want To Do? What’s In It For Me?
Ortho-K is Gentle, Safe, Effective & FDA approved. A custom designed, hyper-oxygen permeable contact lens is used to gently reshape the front surface of the cornea to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism while you sleep. Live your life and enjoy clear vision and convenience while awake. Ortho-K is a good choice for anyone, any age, who wants or needs to see clearly without devices or invasive surgery. Ortho-K helps develop high performance in the individual and potentially creates new opportunities, vistas and careers not attainable before Ortho-K.
Recently articles have been showing the Quality Of Life aspects of Ortho-K. Students doing Ortho-K were questioned regarding their: activities, social life, performance, self image and self esteem and they are showing that physical appearance, athletic competence, and social acceptance self-perceptions are likely to improve. OK seems to also be a great asset and a feeling of gained advantage, powerful and potentially life changing. They found an increase in participation in sports, recreation and social activities. Confidence went up and so did sports and academics. Kids were thrilled to get rid of annoying glasses and contacts. Ortho-k got a huge thumbs up.
Are glasses or contacts interfering with YOUR child’s sport or recreation? Learn more about Ortho-K from Dr. Berke at Super Vision Center in Santa Ana, CA.
Ask Yourself, What Do I Want To Be?? What's In It For Me?
Ortho-K Q & A
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Is It Known By Other Names?
Ortho-K has been around for nearly 50 years. It has accumulated many names over the years to describe the same procedure. Ortho-K has been called Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT); Vision Shaping Technology (VST); Gentle Vision Shaping; Gentle Molding; etc. So when you hear the various names don’t be confused, they all mean the same thing, Ortho (straight) and K (cornea).
Is Ortho-K Safe?
The MOST important question you must ask yourself is, Is It Safe? Wearing properly fitted hyper-oxygen permeable rigid (RGP) contact lenses at night makes it a safe treatment method (see: “The safety of orthokeratology a systematic review.6.pdf”). However, there can be side effects of Ortho-K, which include staining and edema of the cornea, redness, discharge, visual distortion, irritation, or infection, all of which must be prevented by proper instruction, maintenance and follow up. In fact, studies have shown the prevalence of serious eye infections are similar to that with other overnight modalities and infections were found in fewer than 50 cases per 10,000 patient-years (see: “The Risk of Microbial Keratitis With Overnight Corneal Reshaping Lenses.pdf”). But, you should always choose a knowledgeable and experienced optometrist, such as Dr. Berke at Super Vision Center, to manage your Ortho-K. Please note that lenses cannot go behind the eye as it is anatomically impossible and it is rare that the lenses become displaced from the cornea.
How Does It Work?
When a person cannot see clearly, unless there is eye disease, it is because their eyeball is too long, too short or the corneal surface is too flat or too steep or distorted. Images that fall onto the back of the eye (retina) are blurry. In order to correct the error the cornea surface of the eye (cornea) is “mapped” with and an instrument called a topographer.
This precise data (measured in microns) then allows for the custom design for YOUR eye and its unique visual problem. The Ortho-K lens is manufactured using the latest computer processing and CNC milling. The resultant corneal reshaping lens mold gently shapes the front surface of the cornea to allow exact focus to the retina and thus crystal clear vision results.
Corneal surface before Ortho-K Perfect Ortho-K lens fit Corneal surface after Ortho-K
Topographer to map the cornea.
Are Ortho-K lenses Comfortable to wear?
Overnight wearing of the molds is comfortable. Initially, there is ‘lens awareness’ but most patients become unaware of their presence within 15-20 minutes and only for the first few days and not felt thereafter. Because the lenses are large and configured to match the cornea’s shape and are worn overnight the adaptation is very short.
Am I A Candidate for Ortho-K?
Yes, if you:
- Are unable to wear contacts due to dry eyes or allergies.
- Dislike wearing glasses or daytime contacts or they are restrictive or uncomfortable if worn at your job (law enforcement, firefighter, lifeguard, etc.) or hobby environment.
- Would like to swim, ski, surf or do any sport or recreation without needing daytime corrective lenses.
- Want to wake up during the night and SEE.
- Have thought about LASIK but are afraid of the surgery or not quite ready yet.
- Have a child who’s eyes are getting worse and worse every year.
- Have a child who is getting bullied because he or she wears glasses.
YOU ARE READY!
Ortho-K can be performed on practically any myopic (nearsighted), with or without astigmatism, person with healthy eyes and not pregnant, who can learn to apply and remove a contact lens and follow lens care directions.
How Long Does It Take To Reach And Maintain Good Vision?
It generally takes 2 to 7 consecutive nights of wearing the lenses to achieve the desired result. It may take somewhat longer for those with higher degrees of refractive error and/or corneal rigidity and responsiveness.
Is Ortho-K Permanent?
No. Failure to wear the molds on an ongoing basis will result in the return of the pre-existing condition in 1-2 weeks and sometimes longer depending on the age of the patient, the amount of the error and how resistant the cornea is to change. But, it will go back to the baseline. Reversibility is a safety net option and a way back if desired unlike the permanency of LASIK which in some cases is a permanent problem. When your eye’s Rx changes or you get to that age when you need reading glasses, unlike laser surgery that cannot be reversed, OrthoK lenses can be redesigned and corneas can be remodeled so vision is clear both distance and near with a technique called “monovision.”
Can I See With The Lenses In?
Yes. You will be able to see clearly with your lenses on or off.
What Is The Cost And How Often Will I Have To Replace My Lenses?
Fees are set by the complexity of the case. Here at the Super Vision Center, the average, all inclusive case fee is $1,800. The National average runs from $1,400 to $3, 800. Lenses need to be kept essentially in pristine condition. The average normal replacement rate is 1-3 years.
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