The majority of nearsighted (myopic) individuals with healthy eyes can benefit from OrthoK, from children as young as seven years to adults in their 60s-70s.
Additionally, new custom designs allow for the treatment of farsighted (hyperopic) individuals, and for bifocal (presbyopic) patients.
Watch this quick video to see a couple of my friends and colleagues talk about who makes a good candidate.
Will My Prescription Work?
OrthoK treats myopia (nearsightedness), the condition where distance vision is blurred. Lens powers up to about -6.00 are generally treatable. Astigmatism, a common optical condition where vision is distorted due to uneven curvatures of the eye surfaces, is treatable in low to moderate amounts.
Some doctors using custom OrthoK lenses routinely exceed these levels for many patients with great success. However, sometimes with high astigmatism, we may only be able to achieve “good” vision rather than “terrific” vision.
Can my child have OrthoK?
Patients as young as seven to nine years old are excellent candidates and we make the decision based on their maturity, hygiene and motivation. These students are able to play, swim, participate in sports and other healthy activities without the problems of glasses or daytime contact lens wear. Perhaps the most exciting candidate for OrthoK is the young patient who has become nearsighted for the first time when there is a strong family history of nearsightedness progressing rapidly during childhood.
The child whose nearsightedness has been proven to already be progressing is another excellent candidate. There is growing evidence that OrthoK can stop this progression. This is discussed further in Controlling Myopia.
Am I too old for OrthoK?
Probably not! Patients over forty years old will generally need to consider the fact that near reading vision may be blurred, the same thing that happens to everyone with good distance vision as they get older. This condition (presbyopia) can be treated by modifying the power of OrthoK lenses, custom presbyopia designs, wearing reading glasses or other options that can be discussed with Dr. Martin. Many patients in their sixties and seventies are wearing OrthoK lenses successfully.
What do I do next?
The only one who can really tell you if you are a candidate is an eye doctor. You can schedule a free screening to determine if you are a candidate. Call our office to arrange a convenient time.
No doctor can guarantee results but your chance of success increases with doctors who have a history of successfully fitting these specialized lenses.