Bellamy Eye Care

Orthokeratology (Ortho-k)

Clear vision all day without glasses, contacts or surgery – too good to be true?

We’re really excited to be able to offer Orthokeratology, also known as Ortho-K, Eyedream or Corneal Refractive Therapy, to Leicester and Irthlingborough. This treatment offers a large number of people the chance to have perfect vision all day without the need to wear glasses or contact lenses. It is a safe alternative to laser refractive surgery.

The science of Orthokeratology involves wearing special mould lenses overnight while you sleep. They gently reshape the cornea at the front of your eye correcting the refractive error. These lenses are comfortable to sleep in and made from a specially oxygen permeable material. The effect is strong enough that the cornea holds this new shape for all of the next day. You will be able to see clearly, read and drive without the need for glasses or contact lenses. It is comfortable, safe and completely reversible. The monthly costs are comparable with quality daily contact lenses or you can buy the lenses outright. The cost depends on which design is most suitable for your individual needs.

For many short-sighted people it is enough of an incentive just to do away with glasses. However, ortho-k is especially particularly helpful in certain cases:

Children.

Now, this is a particular area of interest of ours. When children start to become short sighted their prescription increases slowly but surely year on year until it levels off, usually around the age of twenty. It has been shown that ortho-k either stops the increases in prescription or at the very least reduces it by around 50%. Myopia is a big risk factor for many adult eye diseases so if we can stop children from developing high prescriptions then that is going to be a big help for the long term health of their eyes. Plus they won’t need glasses when using ortho-k so no broken specs, spare pairs or new pairs every time their eyes have got worse. See our Myopia Control page HERE

Dry eyes.

A significant problem for many soft lens wearers is discomfort from lenses drying out during the day. Think aircon, central heating and itchy gritty eyes later in the day. Orthokeratology solves this as they are’t particularly affected by dryness. Your eyes are closed while you’re asleep and you won’t be wearing any contacts through the day to dry out!

Swimmers.

A nasty little bug called acanthamoeba lives in water. Normally it does not affect us but it can stick to contact lenses and then get into your cornea. This causes a potentially blinding infection. So, you cannot wear contacts in the pool and glasses don’t work. Prescription goggles are okay for some but not everybody. Ortho-k is the perfect solution. I wrote a blog on this LINK

Rugby players, boxers, martial arts and other contact sports.

We have a semi-professional footballer and a boxer using ortho-k amongst many others. The boxer used to have problems with his contact lenses being dislodged when sparring meaning he could no longer see properly through one eye. Again, orth-k means no lenses worn and this has helped his boxing significantly. The same applies to other martial arts and rugby players, too. Here’s a blog I wrote on boxing.

This video will show you how it works.

For more information on Orthokeratology or to book a consultation, don't hesitate to call our friendly team on 01162 531750 (Leicester) or 01933 653226 (Irthlingborough).