For a patient, myopia (or shortsightedness) means that objects viewed in the distance appear blurred. At what point in the distance the vision becomes blurred depends on the severity of the myopia.
In addition to the negative visual aspects of myopia, it also increases the likelihood a person will develop sight threatening conditions in later life; these include significant increased risk of macular degeneration (50%), retinal detachment (20%) and glaucoma (15%).
While laser surgery can address the visual aspect of the problem, it carries it's own risks and does not reduce the risk of these adverse conditions.
Ortho-K allows people suffering from myopia to enjoy a life without lenses or spectacles during the day whilst experiencing clear, natural, corrected vision.
WHY WEAR ORTHO K LENSES?
Myopia is most likely to develop in children whose own parents are short-sighted. There can, however, also be other factors in its development.
Children who use Ortho-K contact lenses can completely halt myopic progression in a proven, safe way.
Further reading and clinical research on this topic can be found at www.myopiaprevention.org
The Ortho-K method is ideal for sporty or active people, people who are worried about the risks of laser surgery and people who find contact lenses uncomfortable or glasses inconvenient.
It is a proven method to effectively correct vision and if a patient decides they would like to wear spectacles again, their prescription returns to what is was at the start with no adverse effects.