Orthokeratology in Brisbane

Orthokeratology in Brisbane 2018-03-24T20:48:46+00:00

A fast-working, gentle way to improve your vision

Imagine living with clearer vision – without wearing contact lenses during the day! That’s the amazing benefit of Orthokeratology, also known as Ortho-K lenses.

Ortho-K is the no-recovery time alternative to invasive surgery.

Ortho-K is a non-surgical, reversible procedure that uses custom-made contact lenses to gradually, gently reshape the front surface of your corneas to provide clearer vision. Unlike traditional contact lenses, you wear Ortho-K lenses overnight while you sleep, and remove them each morning. Your reshaped corneal surface then lets you see clearly for the rest of the day – without the need for prescription glasses or contact lenses!

With Ortho-K lenses, you’ll usually notice an improvement to your vision the very next day, with your eyes stabilising after about a week of treatment. Because Orthokeratology doesn’t permanently change the surface of your eyes, they will revert back to their former state in about one to four weeks if you stop wearing the lenses.

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Custom fitting Ortho-K lenses exactly to your eyes is a complex process, with a number of initial fitting and follow up appointments.

Ortho-K lenses pricing

Your total cost for Orthokeratology treatment at Eyefix Optometrists is $1,400. This treatment package includes a pair of 100% customised Ortho-K contact lenses, a contact lens care solution value pack, comfort drops, lens sucker, and as many appointments as you need over a 12 month period.

These fees are split into:

  • a non-refundable payment of $150, payable after your first night of Ortho-K wear
  • an additional non-refundable payment of $250, and
  • a final payment of $1,000, payable after your first month of wearing Ortho-K.

If you decide between your one month and three month aftercare appointments that you can’t tolerate wearing Ortho-K lenses, we will refund the final $1,000 payment.

Replacement Ortho-K lenses are $400 per lens. The typical lifespan of Ortho-K lenses is 12-24 months, depending on how clean you keep the lenses.

Orthokeratology appointment schedule

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Am I a candidate for Ortho-K lenses?

If you’re living with mild to moderate myopia (or short-sightedness), Orthokeratology could be the ideal treatment for you. It’s also particularly suitable if you:

  • need vision correction, but don’t like wearing contact lenses all day
  • have issues with dry eyes
  • play any sport, especially contact or water sports, or
  • work in dusty or dirty environments where glasses or contact lenses just won’t work.

If your child has myopia which is progressing, they too may be the perfect candidate for Ortho-K treatment. Clinical studies have shown that Orthokeratology is one of the most successful ways to slow the progression of myopia in kids.

Who is not a candidate for Ortho-K?

If your cornea is not healthy, or if you’re living with higher level myopia, Ortho-K may not be the ideal treatment for you. Talk to the friendly Eyefix Optometrists team to discuss your options.

Can Ortho-K be used to control myopia?

Myopia, or near-sightedness, has been shown to be passed down genetically in families. However, more and more kids today are becoming myopic, even though their parents are not. It’s now thought that as well as genetics there seems to be a huge influence from environmental factors such as computer work, reading, and portable device usage.

Although Ortho-K was originally designed as an alternative to spectacles and regular contact lens wear, an unforseen advantage has been their ability to control the progression of myopia. Recent studies in Hong Kong and the US show up to 50% less myopia progression in kids who wear Ortho-K, compared to children who just wear spectacles.

What are the risks of Ortho-K treatment?

The risks for Ortho-K are the same as for any contact lens treatment, and range from allergies to bacterial infections caused by poor hygiene. The good news is that with proper care and maintenance of your Ortho-K lenses, and by sticking to the instructions given to you by your Eyefix optometrist, you can keep these risks at the absolute lowest levels possible.

Ortho-K is the no-recovery time alternative to invasive surgery

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