Rigid gas permeable Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) contact lenses are indicated for use in the reduction of myopic refractive error in non-diseased eyes. The lenses are indicated for daily wear or overnight wear as recommended by your eye care practitioner in an Ortho-K fitting program for the temporary reduction of myopia of up to -10.00 diopters. (Off-label use above -5.50 diopters) The lens may be disinfected using a chemical disinfection system only. Note: To maintain the Orthokeratology effect of myopia reduction lens wear must be continued on a prescribed wearing schedule.
The selected contact lenses for Orthokeratology produce a temporary reduction of myopia by changing the shape (flattening) of the cornea, which is elastic in nature. Regular soft contact lenses are designed to cause little to no effect but Ortho-K contact lenses are designed to purposely change the shape of the cornea by applying slight pressure to the center of the cornea while you sleep. If the central cornea is changed, this will adjust the focusing power of the eye, and if the amount of the corneal change is sufficient, you will be able to see without glasses or contacts after the contact lens is removed. The cornea retains its altered shape for part or all of the remainder of the day. (A myopic reduction maintenance lens or retainer lens should be worn each night to maintain the corneal flattening or the myopia will revert back to the pretreatment level.)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the rigid lens material used for this procedure for overnight wear and the FDA has approved the lenses for Orthokeratology use.
VIPOK Ortho-K Vision Reshaping Program:
Introducing a new way to free yourself from glasses or contact lenses! Our office is now enrolling patients in the Vision Reshaping Program using VIPOK Orthokeratology lenses. Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) is the reduction, modification or elimination of myopia (nearsightedness) by the application of a rigid gas permeable lens. This non-surgical contact lens treatment improves your natural vision in a very short time.
By wearing specially-designed contact lenses, the front curvature of the eye (cornea) will gently change and safely improve your vision. Your nearsightedness and astigmatism may improve dramatically in a matter of days or weeks.
These high tech, therapeutic contact lenses are professionally fitted and are most effective when worn at night while you sleep. The rigid, gas permeable material allows enough oxygen to pass through the lens, so the cornea remains healthy even while sleeping. Simply take them out in the morning and enjoy clear vision throughout the day without the need for contacts or glasses.
VIPOK lenses are beneficial for all ages and can provide great vision for sports and leisure. They are also effective for myopia control in children and teenagers.
To find out if the VIPOK lens treatment program is right for you, please call for more details or to schedule an evaluation at our office. (435) 673-3201.
During the use of the overnight lenses, will I have to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses during the day?
NO! There will be no need. Results are seen in less than 1-2 weeks.
Will my eyes feel uncomfortable with wearing contacts overnight?
Ortho-K is a non-surgical vision improvement procedure. These are high-tech, unique, therapeutic medical lenses that are made special to fit YOUR cornea. The material allows enough oxygen to pass through the lens so the eyes remain healthy while sleeping. Under close supervision and with proper instructions from your provider, they will not hurt your eyes or have any side effects.
Is Ortho-K best for kids or adults?
Both. If your goal is to not have to depend on vision correction during the day, these lenses are for you! Kids enjoy the same benefits with the added benefit of SLOWING DOWN the progression or worsening of myopia.
Are there complications or side effects of using Ortho-K overnight lenses?
As with any contact lens in general, Ortho-K will require good hygiene and care. If lenses are not well taken care of, it could lead to discomfort and/or eye infections.
How often do I need to replace my Ortho-K lenses?
As with most hard lenses, the average set of Ortho-K lenses will last 1-2 years.