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October 21st, 2003, 05:33 PM #1
October 22nd, 2003, 04:09 PM #2
From http://www.ortho-k.net/orthok.htm :
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> After the contact lens is removed, the cornea retains its flattened shape for part or all of the remainder of the day. A retainer lens must be used each day to maintain the corneal flattening, or the myopia will revert to the pre-treatment level. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
What's the point in doing this if you still have to wear a "retainer lens?"
Seems pointless; might as well just use regular prescription lenses since you're still stuck with wearing "retainers." They do say that the ortho-k retainers are worn at night, so you don't have to wear anything on your eyes during the day--but also that your vision may deteriorate near the end of the day. That doesn't sound like enough of a benefit over contacts to bother with it to me...
Lower on the same page it says:
"Generally only one pair of lenses are needed for the accelerated therapy but additional lenses may be required to achieve desired results. You will probably want an extra pair of lenses at the end of therapy in case of loss. Your vision will regress to pre-treatment levels while waiting for a new lens to arrive." (Bold added by me.)
So YES, it will revert/deteriorate, according to that ortho-k site!
I'm not a doctor, but from looking at that site I would say that regular prescription contacts are a much better bet. Standard contacts have been refined over decades of *widespread* use, and their benefits and drawbacks are well known by qualified eye doctors. Orthokeratology, on the other hand, is still only done by a few doctors and hasn't yet hit the mainstream. That means there isn't a big "experience base" built up, so there's more chance for errors.
If you're seriosly considering this, RESEARCH it out carefully--more than just asking here (we're not eye doctors)! Check out the success rate--and the failure rate. How likely is infection? Is the doctor a specialist or is ortho-k just like "another link" he's decided to push? How picky are the regulators in his area? Is it regulated at all!? Etc. etc. etc.
Personally I wouldn't do it just to wear lenses at night instead of during the day.
It is a beautiful thing, to do nothing, and then rest afterwards.~Spanish Proverb
October 22nd, 2003, 04:40 PM #3
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I think your eye sight is worth the trouble and cost of more than one doctor's opinion.
October 22nd, 2003, 05:45 PM #4
doctor or the staff at eye care center's opinion may not be reliable because he is not the user or he is biased by finacial incentive ( sell the treatment ).
i ask it here if there is someone using Orthokeratology, because
We are of the same job nature, working in front of the computer screen for a long time daily.
No need to wear lens during day time is a big selling point of this type of lens.
Becasue i like to play outdoor and water sports.
i will try to get more opinion before trying it out.