Ortho-K Lenses in Memphis, TN


Orthokeratology: A Non-Surgical Solution for Clear Vision

In today’s fast-paced world, clear vision is a vital component of daily life. Whether you’re navigating a busy city, working on a computer, or enjoying outdoor activities, good vision is essential. However, many people around the world struggle with common vision problems such as myopia (nearsightedness) or astigmatism. Traditional solutions like glasses or contact lenses provide temporary relief, but they come with their own set of inconveniences. Orthokeratology, often referred to as Ortho-K, has emerged as a revolutionary non-surgical approach to correcting vision problems. In this comprehensive 800-word exploration, we will delve into the world of Orthokeratology, examining its benefits, process, safety, and more.

Understanding Orthokeratology

Orthokeratology is a non-invasive, non-surgical method for correcting vision problems. It primarily targets myopia, but it can also be effective in managing astigmatism. Unlike conventional eyeglasses or contact lenses, Ortho-K temporarily reshapes the cornea, the front surface of the eye, to provide clear vision without the need for corrective lenses throughout the day.

The Ortho-K Process

Orthokeratology involves several essential steps:

1. Consultation: The journey begins with a thorough consultation with an experienced eye care professional. During this visit, your eye doctor will evaluate your vision and eye health to determine if Ortho-K is suitable for you.

2. Customized Lens Design: If Ortho-K is a viable option for you, your eye care specialist will take precise measurements of your cornea. These measurements are used to create custom-fit gas-permeable contact lenses that are designed to reshape your cornea overnight.

3. Lens Fitting: Once your Ortho-K lenses are ready, you will return to your eye care specialist for a fitting session. They will instruct you on how to insert, remove, and care for your lenses. Following their guidance is crucial to achieving the desired results.

4. Overnight Wear: Ortho-K lenses are worn while you sleep. These lenses gently exert pressure on your cornea, gradually reshaping it. Upon waking up, you remove the lenses, and your cornea maintains its new shape, providing you with clear vision throughout the day, free from corrective eyewear.

Benefits of Orthokeratology

Orthokeratology offers a range of benefits that make it an attractive option for individuals seeking an alternative to glasses or traditional contact lenses:

1. Clear Vision Without Daytime Lenses: One of the primary advantages of Ortho-K is the ability to enjoy clear vision throughout the day without the need for glasses or daytime contact lenses. This is especially advantageous for active individuals, athletes, or those working in environments where glasses or contacts can be cumbersome.

2. Myopia Control: Ortho-K has shown promise in slowing the progression of myopia, particularly in children and young adults. Slowing myopia progression is crucial because high myopia is associated with an increased risk of eye diseases later in life, such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, and cataracts.

3. Non-Surgical and Safe: Orthokeratology is a non-surgical option for vision correction. It does not involve incisions or laser procedures, reducing the risk of complications that can occur with surgical interventions.

4. Reversible: Ortho-K is a reversible procedure. If you decide to discontinue it, your cornea will gradually return to its original shape. This flexibility allows you to explore other vision correction options if necessary.

5. Suitable for Various Ages: Ortho-K is suitable for a wide range of age groups, from children to adults. It can serve as an excellent alternative for individuals who are not candidates for LASIK surgery or who prefer a non-surgical approach to vision correction.

How does it work?

1. Get fitted for Ortho-K Lenses

Put the custom-fitted contact lenses in at bedtime.

2. Go to sleep

Sounds easy enough. But, while you are asleep the Ortho-K lenses are hard at work safely reshaping your cornea as you sleep.

3. Wake up with clear vision

Wake up with clear, sharp, natural vision during your day.


The process can takes 1-4 weeks to achieve excellent vision but, some people take as little as one day. The speed depends on your starting prescription.
If needed, we’ll give you temporary soft contact lenses to wear during the day so you can see clearly.

Ortho-K has been FDA approved for over 14 years and it is a very safe and reversible procedure.

28 Days

Clear vision in less than 28 days

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