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Ortho K

Orthokeratology in Melbourne

Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K as it is commonly called, involves wearing special contact lenses overnight to gently and temporarily change the shape of the cornea. This change in shape corrects your distance vision by reducing the effects of myopia, meaning there is no need to wear glasses or contact lenses the next day. Ortho-K lenses may need to be worn every night, or you may be able to wear them just a few times a week.

Acting like a ‘retainer’ for the eyes, Ortho-K is most commonly used by young people aged eight to eighteen, giving them freedom from their daytime glasses and contact lenses. If you’re interested in Orthokeratology, our Williamstown team would be happy to discuss it further with you.


Our Ortho-K Treatment In Melbourne

At Fitzgerald Optometry, we can help you determine if Orthokeratology is right for you. Proudly offering Ortho-K in Williamstown, we can get you started with Ortho-K lenses if they are right for you.

Ortho-K lenses need to be fitted precisely by your optometrist. Regular follow-up visits will also be required, especially in the first month or two of wear, to ensure the lenses are doing what they should. Children and sometimes adults will benefit from being taught to insert and remove these contact lenses correctly. The lenses also need to be regularly cleaned and looked after just like regular contact lenses.

Fortunately, Ortho-K lenses are easy to insert, remove, and care for, and our team will assist you every step of the way.

Who is Ortho-K Suitable For?

The other advantage of ortho K is that the amount of short-sightedness the child ends up with may be less. There is recent scientific evidence that suggests ortho K can reduce myopic progression.

There is no age limit for Orthokeratology. Adults and children alike can benefit from the treatment and enjoy their day without wearing glasses or contact lenses. Instances where Ortho-K would be helpful include:

  • Water sports
  • Sport in general
  • Outdoor activities
  • Police and firefighters, where glasses can interfere with performance
  • Pilots
  • People who work in dusty environments.

The other advantage of Orthokeratology is that it may slow the development of short-sightedness, particularly in children. Recent scientific evidence suggests that wearing Ortho-K lenses can reduce myopic progression in most cases.

Is Ortho-K Treatment Covered by Medicare?

Apart from an initial general eye health check, testing for ortho K is not covered by Medicare. To learn more about Orthokeratology in Melbourne, including prices, packages, testing, and lenses, please contact us.

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