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Q and A With the Pros: Understanding Orthokeratology

by Caroline Cauchi, OD

Eyeglasses and contact lenses are the most common corrective eyewear options, but there is another choice that is gaining popularity: orthokeratology lenses (Ortho-K). Here, your trusted eye doctor from Vision Solutions answers frequently asked questions about this treatment method.

Q: What Is Ortho-K?

Also referred to as corneal refractive or vision shaping therapy, Ortho-K is a non-surgical procedure that involves correcting irregularly shaped corneas. We will ask you to wear gas permeable Ortho-K lenses while you sleep. When you wake up, you can remove them and experience improved visual acuity without having to use your prescription eyewear.

Q: Who Is a Good Candidate for This Option?

Ortho-K is a safe, effective vision correction method for people in good health. We will perform a comprehensive eye exam to measure the extent of your refractive error and determine if you are a good candidate for this option.

Q: What Eye Conditions Can It Correct?

We primarily recommend using Ortho-K lenses if you have a mild to moderate degree of nearsightedness, as it can help slow down the progression of this refractive error. Studies also show its effectiveness in managing astigmatism, farsightedness, and similar visual acuity problems. The length of treatment differs per person, depending on the degree of error involved.

Q: What Are the Perks?

One great benefit of Ortho-K is that you can experience improved vision immediately. After wearing the lenses overnight, you will wake up to sharper eyesight in the morning. Since you won’t have to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses during the day, you can also enjoy a feeling of normalcy. You may even forget that you have a vision error at all.

Q: Does It Provide Permanent Solutions to Vision Problems?

The effects of Ortho-K are only temporary. You will only enjoy improved vision during the day if you wear the Ortho-K lenses the night before. This method gives you the freedom to undergo other sight-enhancing procedures, like LASIK.

If you have any further questions about Ortho-K, call us at (619) 461-4913 or complete our contact form.


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