ORTHOKERATOLOGY OR ORTHO-K

Did you know that it’s possible to be glasses-free without having eye surgery? At Concord Eye Care, our optometrists are experienced ortho-k practitioners and are also members of the Orthokeratology Society of Oceania (OSO).

Orthokeratology – or ortho-k for short – is a non-surgical, temporary and reversible treatment which is suitable for many patients with mild to moderate myopia (short-sightedness). Ortho-k has been around since the mid 1960’s. It’s a great option for people who want to be free of their glasses or contact lenses during the day.

What’s involved?

Individually designed rigid contact lenses are worn overnight to reshape the cornea gently whilst you sleep. This temporarily corrects short-sightedness and astigmatism. The following morning, you will be able to see without using your glasses and this effect generally lasts for the entire day.

What are the benefits?

There are many! Freedom from glasses and contact lenses is of course the main attraction for most patients but ortho-k is also:

  • Great for sportspeople – especially if you’re involved in water sports
  • Great for boosting self-confidence, particularly for teens
  • Great for people working in dusty, dirty, steamy environments (tradespeople, chefs)
  • Great for people prone to allergies and irritation from conventional contact lenses use

Are you a good candidate for ortho-k?

If you have mild to moderate myopia, you are most likely a good candidate for successful ortho-k treatment. At Concord Eye Care, we assess your suitability for ortho-k by taking digital topographical maps of your eye’s surface. This quick and pain-free procedure enables us to individually design the correct ortho-k lenses for you.

Is ortho-k suitable for children?

Absolutely! Now, more than ever, ortho-k is being used to treat the progression of myopia in children and teens. Ortho-k has proven results in slowing down or stopping the rate of myopia progression in children. Talk to us at Concord Eye Care about our many ortho-k success stories!

Is it claimable through Medicare or my private health fund?

Your ortho-k lenses are generally claimable through your private health fund optical benefits.