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Ortho-K FAQ

Answering Your Ortho-K FAQs

While you may be familiar with eyeglasses and contact lenses for vision correction, did you know that Ortho-K lenses can give you clearer vision during the day? Ortho-K lenses can correct vision issues like myopia and astigmatism without requiring surgery. The optometry team at Shippee Family Eye Care in Lancaster, NH, St. Johnsbury, VT, Littleton, NH, and Montpelier, VT, provides these lenses to improve your vision and eye health. We are here to answer your frequently asked questions about Ortho-K lenses and how they can help you.


What Is Ortho-K?

Ortho-K, short for orthokeratology, is a non-surgical vision correction method that utilizes specially designed rigid gas permeable contact lenses. You wear these lenses overnight to reshape the cornea gently and temporarily correct your vision. This corneal refractive therapy, or CRT, allows you to see more clearly during the day without needing glasses or daytime contacts.

Who Is a Candidate for Ortho-K?

Ortho-K is a safe and effective treatment option for individuals with mild astigmatism or mild to moderate nearsightedness. Good candidates for Ortho-K lenses include the following:

•           Children and teenagers whose vision is still developing since Ortho-K can help slow down the progression of myopia.

•           People active in sports or other activities where glasses or contacts may be inconvenient or pose a safety risk.

•           People who experience dry eyes or discomfort with traditional contact lenses.

How Long Does the Effect of Ortho-K Last?

The vision correction effect of Ortho-K typically lasts for 24 to 72 hours. The duration depends on the individual and how often they wear the lenses. Some patients may achieve clear vision with nightly wear, while others may benefit from wearing them every other night.

Is Ortho-K safe?

When properly fitted and cared for under the guidance of a qualified optometrist, Ortho-K is a safe and effective treatment option. However, Ortho-K lenses carry a minor risk of eye infections if you do not follow proper hygiene practices. Your optometrist can tell you how to care for your lenses properly to ensure safe and comfortable use.

What Are the Potential Side Effects of Ortho-K?

You may experience temporary side effects like blurry vision, seeing halos, and light sensitivity as your eyes adjust to Ortho-K lenses. These symptoms should subside within a week or two after your eyes adapt. Follow your optometrist's instructions carefully and schedule follow-up appointments to ensure the safety and efficacy of your Ortho-K lenses.

Considering Ortho-K? Contact Shippee Family Eye Care Today!

If you want to learn more about Ortho-K lenses and how they can help improve your vision, contact Shippee Family Eye Care in Lancaster, NH, Johnsbury, VT, Littleton, NH, and Montpelier, VT, today. We can evaluate your eyes and vision to determine if Ortho-K lenses suit your visual needs and lifestyle. Call us and schedule an appointment with our optometry team at our Lancaster office at (603) 788-3561, Littleton office at (603) 444-2484, our St. Johnsbury office at (802) 748-3536, or our Montpelier office at (802) 223-7723.

Our Locations

Littleton, NH 03561

St Johnsbury, VT 05819

Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Lancaster, NH 03584

(603) 788-3561

(603) 444-2484

St. Johnsbury:
(802) 748-3536

(802) 223-7723