Please view the articles below which share information about Orthokeratology. These articles may be helpful for you as you prepare for a consultation with Dr. David Blair to discuss orthokeratology for the treatment of myopia for your child.
New treatment offers hope for digital eye strain
3/3/2017, 10 News-Tampa Bay, Sarasota
This is a helpful discussion of the significant increase in digital eye strain and myopia in the U.S. The article also discusses the importance of Orthokeratology as a therapy for myopia control. An optometrist in the article mentions that treatments for myopia are limited for children. The article also includes a very helpful video about Orthokeratology.
Fitting Orthokeratology-K contact Lenses:
7/25/2016, Optometry Times, Dr. Christina Newman OD FAAO
This is a helpful article discussing the technical aspects of orthokeratology. The article discusses the recent history of Ortho-K therapy, such as the evolution of the treatment to now include hyperopic, moderate astigmatic and higher myopic conditions. The article also mentions that most refractive errors should reach full correction within two weeks. Initially the patient may experience some regression toward the end of the day, but this should diminish over time. The article also discusses the potential causes of myopia to include genetics and environment. Almost 40 percent of the people in the U.S. are myopic and 50% of the patients experience myopia within the first 10 years of their life.
Researchers: Clinicians should address myopia progression in children
There was a recent study published in Optometry & Vision Science. which demonstrated that Current orthokeratology and dual focus contact lenses can significantly reduce myopia progression. The study also demonstrated that when compared to pretreatment progression rates, ortho-K and dual focus contact lenses decreased by 92% and 91%, respectively. The researchers took a very proactive stance toward treatment, with the following quote:”we suggest that the default position of a clinician should be to justify why they should not begin anti-myopia treatment in children with progressing myopia”.
Astigmatism – Common Eye Condition
This is a helpful article about astigmatism, with a helpful video and diagram to describe the disease. As the article states, “astigmatism is a term that refers to an imperfection in the shape of the cornea. Rather than being a clear, round dome to cover the iris and the pupil of the eye in an even curved shape, the surface of the cornea is irregular and may cause a refractive error.”
One of the treatments for astigmatism mentioned in the article is orthokeratology which may be indicated. This involves wearing a series of rigid contact lenses that help to reshape the cornea and restore the normal curve, thus improving vision.
Ortho-K found safe for myopia control
This article reports that in a recent study in Eye and Contact Lens Orthokeratology is a safe option for myopia correction. This article by Liu and colleagues reviewed 170 publications, including 58 English and 112 Chinese articles.