If your child can see near objects clearly but distant objects appear blurry, he/she is most likely to be myopic or short-sighted. Myopia occurs when the light rays entering the eye focus in front of the retina rather than on it. Myopia mostly occurs due to excessive elongation of the eye globe (axial elongation) in relation to the curvature of the cornea.
Orthokeratology (also known as Ortho-K/overnight contact lenses) uses an extremely high oxygen permeable contact lens to temporarily reshape the cornea. The contact lenses are worn while sleeping and taken out upon wakening. This means that your child’s sight will be good during the day hence allowing him/her to go to school, exercise, and swim without needing glasses or contact lenses.
For adults who are interested in wearing Ortho-k lenses, you can visit here for more information.
There is now a spectacles alternative for parents and children who are not comfortable using Atropine eye drops and Ortho-k contact lenses. These special spectacle lenses are designed to slow down the progression of myopia by an average of 30% compared to traditional spectacle lenses.
Children's eyes absorb more harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation than adults. The crystalline lens in children's eyes are totally transparent and they have lesser protective pigments than adults. Children's eyes also have larger pupils hence allowing more entry of harmful rays into the eye. The younger your child is, the more vulnerable their eyes are to UV damage.
At The EyeClinic, we offer both Atropine eye drops and Ortho-K contact lenses as we believe that no one standard method works for everyone. Every child has different needs and lifestyles, hence requiring different forms of myopia control. By offering both options, we can have an unbiased discussion on which is better suited for your child and tailor a program for each individual child.
B) Customization of Ortho-k lenses
Everyone has different shapes of cornea and different prescription. With the customization of Ortho-K lenses, we can treat a wide range of prescription and for better myopia control in children.
C) Equipment and Team specially dedicated to Ortho-K and Myopia Control
D) Optometrists are members of the International Academy of Orthokeratololgy
E) Our Optometrists are also on Ortho-K.
With our optometrists also on Ortho-K, we can guide you through the process and explain how your vision changes.