At Saline Optometry / Chelsea Eyeglass Co., our doctors of optometry help patients with vision issues to see without the need for glasses. We offer orthokeratology or Ortho-K specialty contact lenses in Saline and Chelsea, MI. Our optometrists prescribe these lenses that are worn at night and removed during the day, the opposite of traditional contact lenses. Schedule your comprehensive eye exam to determine if Ortho-K lenses are right for you.
What Are Ortho-K Contacts?
These gas-permeable contact lenses are worn overnight. The specialty lenses or corneal refractive therapy lenses reshape the surface of the eye safely and temporarily. This allows you to have normal vision during the day without having to use corrective eyewear. The best candidates for Ortho-K contacts have a prescription of +2.00 to -6.00. For patients that have astigmatism, the prescription should be no higher than -1.75. Patients with dry eyes are also great candidates since these lenses are worn at night when your eyes are closed, so your eyes will not be irritated.
Correcting Vision Issues
There are four main vision issues that optometrists can correct with Ortho-K contact lenses:
- Hyperopia or farsightedness
- Myopia or nearsightedness
These specialty contact lenses have helped countless patients that have a low prescription or myopia. It can take a few nights for your eyes to adjust and for you to stop needing your prescription glasses or contact lenses during the day. For those with a higher prescription, it can take a few weeks.
How Long Do the Effects of Ortho-K Last?
When you wear these specialty contact lenses at night, you will not need to wear corrective eyewear during the day. However, if you forget to wear them at night for a few nights, you may need to re-adjust your eyes again. These specialty lenses usually last two years with proper care. Our optometry team will teach you the proper way to keep your lenses clean to help you avoid irritation and infections.
Contact Our Eye Doctors in Saline and Chelsea, MI
If you live in or around Saline or Chelsea and would like to know more about Ortho-K lenses, contact one of our locations to speak with an eye doctor. We will conduct a thorough examination and help you decide if Ortho-K lenses are right for you. Call our team at Saline Optometry today at (734) 429-9454 or our team at Chelsea Eyeglass Co at (734) 475-1122. You can also reach us through our website by using our online contact form.