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Orthokeratology & Myopia Control

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Your Myopia Control Specialist in Nassau County, Long Island

Dr. Shane Galan is a leading eye doctor in the field of Myopia Control in Long Island. Myopia or as it is commonly known, short sighted or near sighted, is a major health concern for your child’s eyes. Myopia progresses in severity from the ages of 8-18, the further it progresses the greater long term risk of developing serious eye diseases which can even lead to legal blindness.

Dr. Galan feels extremely passionate about the benefits of Ortho K for Myopia Control for the following reasons:

  • Ortho K is the most effective method of reducing the progression of myopia in children.
  • Ortho K leaves the child glasses and contact lens free during the day, which improves visual performance in school and sports and is a huge boost in their self esteem.
  • Because your child is glasses and contact lens free during the day they are at less of a risk of sports related eye injuries which effect 40,000 children per year.
  • Many children with myopia who wear glasses to correct, experience headaches, poor vision, and eye strain. This is because as the myopia progresses the prescription they received may no longer be the right one. In most cases this is only rectified during the annual eye exam.
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What is OrthoK

Orthokeratology, commonly called ortho-k, is a method used to correct myopia (nearsightedness) by wearing rigid gas permeable contact lenses overnight, so that no vision correction is needed during daytime hours.

Gas permeable (GP) lenses specialized for ortho-k are inserted at bedtime and worn as you sleep. Throughout the night, the lenses reshape your cornea gently so that your vision becomes clear on the following morning. The correction is temporary, and ideally no eyeglasses or contact lenses will be needed on the next day or two. In order to maintain sharp visual acuity on a daily basis, you need to wear the ortho-k reshaping lenses every night.

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Candidates for Ortho-K

Ortho-k is very suitable for nearsighted people who are not appropriate candidates for vision correction surgery, such as children. Individuals of all ages with healthy eyes can try ortho-k, namely because it can be discontinued at any point without permanent effects to the eyes.

People who require vision correction and engage regularly in sports or work in extremely dusty, dirty environments will also appreciate the convenience of ortho-k.

Read some of our Ortho-K Success Stories Here

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Vision Results from Ortho-k

Success rates for ortho-k are generally higher for more mild vision prescriptions. The ideal goal is to provide 20/20 vision without any need for eyeglasses or contacts during the day.

According to FDA trials conducted on both CRT and VST lenses, more than 65% of ortho-k patients were provided with 20/20 visual acuity. A whopping number of more than 90% of ortho-k patients achieved 20/40 vision or better (this is the legal requirement for driving without vision correction in most states). Consult with your eye doctor to find out if your vision prescription is within range for successful ortho-k treatment.

Watch A short Video About Myopia Control And OrthoK

How Does Ortho-k Feel?

Although some people have trouble wearing regular gas permeable contact lenses during the day, ortho-k GP lenses are worn while sleeping – so discomfort and awareness of the lenses in your eyes is generally not an issue.

Is Ortho-k expensive?

Professional fitting for ortho-k requires a series of visits to your eye doctor. A number of pairs of contact lenses are also generally needed. GP lenses that are special for ortho-k are more costly than standard contacts. In sum, the fees for ortho-k add up to a higher total than regular contact lenses.

LASIK after Ortho-k

Refractive surgeries, such as LASIK, are possible after treatment with ortho-k lenses. Yet because ortho-k works to reshape your cornea, you are required to stop wearing the lenses for approximately several months before undergoing LASIK. This allows your eyes to return to their original shape.

It’s important to inform your LASIK surgeon if you’ve been wearing ortho-k lenses, and you will be advised as to how long of a wait is necessary before having the laser procedure.

  • Orthokeratology, or "ortho-k," is the process of reshaping the eye with specially-designed rigid gas permeable contact lenses. The goal of ortho-k is to flatten the front surface of the eye and thereby correct mild to moderate amounts of nearsightedness and astigmatism.
  • Check out these videos about myopia control and Ortho-K, including features with Barbara Walters and Peter Jennings.
  • Non surgical vision correction for adults and children using Ortho K corneal shaping night-time contact lenses.
  • Orthokeratology, also known as ortho-k, is a special non-surgical vision correction procedure involving special gas permeable contact lenses that are worn each night while you sleep, to gently reshape your cornea and correct your vision.
  • Orthokeratology contact lenses reshapes the cornea while the patient sleeps. The contact lenses apply a gentle amount of pressure that reshapes the cornea surface.
  • We've seen excellent results with Ortho-K and have patients who are very happy with the benefits this specialty eye care service offers. Read more here.