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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 distance vision by reducing the effects of myopia, meaning there is no need to wear glasses or contact lenses throughout the day.

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


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 the optometrist. Regular follow-up visits are also required, especially in the initialisation period, to ensure the lenses are fitted correctly and doing what they should. 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. At Fitzgerald Optometry, we can help determine if Orthokeratology is right for you.

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 scientific evidence that suggests ortho K can reduce myopia progression, particularly in children. 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:

  • Sports
  • Water sports
  • Outdoor activities
  • Certain professions such as, police and firefighters, where glasses may interfere with performance
  • 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 at Fitzgerald Optometry today.

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