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Dr. Galan feels extremely passionate about the benefits of Ortho K 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

What is Ortho-K ?

How does Ortho-K work and Who is it for?

Orthokeratology is an innovative way of slowing down a child’s nearsightedness.  Basically, the child or adult sleeps in a rigid contact lens, and in the morning the patient will remove the contact lens, and see clearly for the rest of the day.  This procedure is repeated every night.

Orthokeratology contact lenses reshapes the cornea while the patient sleeps.  The contact lenses apply a gentle amount of pressure that reshapes the cornea surface.  As a result of the cornea changing shape, the patient’s prescription will be corrected and eyeglasses or contact lenses will not be needed for that day.  Ortho-K for all ages, Rockville Centre, NY

The process of orthokeratology is not 100% understood.  However, it seems that the orthokeratology contact lenses prevent the cornea from changing shape and as a result, will slow down the progression of myopia (nearsightedness).

What makes orthokeratology exciting is the fact that a child can go to school eyeglass or contact lens free.  In addition, it gives the doctor and parent a way of slowing down the amount of nearsightedness and the child’s vision can hopefully stabilize at an earlier age.

The patient’s vision upon removal of the contact lenses should be the equivalent as their vision is with their conventional contact lens.  More importantly, over the next several years, we usually notice that the prescription has decreased slightly or has not changed at all.  This statement cannot be said with eyeglasses or conventional soft contact lenses which usually increase 25% a year.

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Patients are usually delighted to know that they do not have to rely on eyeglasses or regular soft contact lenses in order to see clearly.  They like the ability to see without anything in their eyes during the day. The orthokeratology patient is no longer concerned that their soft contact lenses are bothering them, or that their eyeglasses are cumbersome.  The orthokeratology patient (and or the parent) is thrilled after their yearly exams when I state that the prescription has not changed and their vision is stable.

Orthokeratology is not for everyone especially if you have a very strong prescription, or have corneal disease (example keratoconus)   Good candidates are children with myopia (nearsighted/shortsighted) , previous contact lens drop outs due to poor comfort with conventional soft contact lenses, those who play sports or other hobbies that require optimal vision but can’t wear contact lenses or eyeglasses, and emergency personnel that require great vision without glasses or contacts. Also, those individuals who want to keep their prescription as low as possible in order to have LASIK in the future, are ideal candidates.

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Dr. Galan has focused his career on custom made specialty contact lenses such as Ortho K lenses and Scleral lenses. His passion for what he does is evident by the care, concern, and time that he takes with every patient. Dr. Galan and the staff of Diamond Vision are proud to have incredible feedback from our patients, with over 115 google reviews and a 5 star average.

If you are in need of myopia control in Nassau County, Long Island, we welcome you to our practice.

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How Can Orthokeratology Help With Myopia Management?

Is your child wearing glasses or contact lenses for myopia? Is their optical prescription continually worsening every 12 to 18 months? If so, it may be time for a myopia management program featuring ortho-k contact lenses.

Orthokeratology, or “ortho-k,” is an overnight process of vision correction that leaves your child free of daytime eyewear. Along with the convenience of not having to wear glasses or contacts during the day, ortho-k has been shown to slow down or even stop the progression of a child’s myopia. An additional — yet compelling — benefit is the reduced risk of developing serious ocular conditions and diseases later in life, such as macular degeneration and retinal detachment.

If your child has myopia, speak with Dr. Shane Galan regarding the benefits of wearing ortho-k lenses for myopia management.


How Ortho-k Works

Orthokeratology goes by a few names:

  • Ortho-k
  • CRT (Corneal Reshaping Therapy)
  • Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVT or GVST)
  • Vision Shaping Treatment (VST)
  • Corneal Molding

Regardless of the name used, ortho-k is an established non-surgical method of vision correction that has been safely used for over 20 years. Dr. Shane Galan will carefully measure the child’s eye and order custom-fitted and specially-designed rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses.

The ortho-k lenses are to be worn overnight, during which time they gently correct the shape of the cornea. The lenses are then removed in the morning, leaving your child with crisp and clear vision all day long. As mentioned above, ortho-k not only corrects vision but can also slow —or even halt — the progression of myopia in children.

Currently, there are two brands of orthokeratology approved by the FDA: Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) from Paragon Vision Sciences and Vision Shaping Treatment (VST) from Bausch & Lomb. Dr. Galan will advise Long Island patients as to which system is best for their lifestyle.

Who Can Benefit From Orthokeratology?

Orthokeratology is frequently a good option for nearsighted individuals who are too young for LASIK surgery or for some other reason are not good candidates for vision correction surgery. Because it can be discontinued at any time without permanent change to the eye, people of any age can try the procedure, as long as their eyes are healthy.

Ortho-k is particularly appealing for people who participate in sports, or who work in dusty, dirty environments that can make contact lens wear difficult.

Both children and adults can benefit from the vision correction provided by ortho-k, though ortho-k may be the ideal solution for myopia management in children. While it is too late to slow the progression of myopia in adulthood, myopic children who wear ortho-k lenses can further benefit by lowering any risks associated with ocular diseases later in life.


What Is The Fitting Process For Ortho-k Lenses?

At Ortho-K & Myopia Management Center At Diamond Vision, our patients undergo a full ortho-k assessment before being fitted for these lenses. Dr. Shane Galan will evaluate the health of your child’s eye and determine the exact corrective prescription. To measure the precise curvature of the child’s cornea, Dr. Shane Galan will use a topographer, ensuring these customized lenses are a perfect fit.

After the initial fitting, patients will be provided with detailed instructions and in-clinic training on how to insert, remove, and care for their ortho-k contact lenses. A few periodic check-ups will help ascertain any changes in refraction and corneal topography, and adjustments to the lenses will be made accordingly.

Ortho-K Is An Investment For Lifelong Healthy Vision

By giving your child the gift of ortho-k lenses, you will improve your child’s daytime vision while also significantly reducing their risk of developing serious eye diseases later in life. The myopia management program at Ortho-K & Myopia Management Center At Diamond Vision offers the best chance of controlling myopia and preserving your child’s eyes for a lifetime of clear, comfortable, and healthy vision.

What results can you expect from ortho-k?

The goal for ortho-k is to correct your vision to 20/20 without eyeglasses or contact lenses during the day. In FDA trials of both CRT and VST lenses, more than 65% of patients were able to achieve 20/20 visual acuity after wearing the reshaping lenses overnight. More than 90% were able to see 20/40 or better (the legal vision requirement for driving without glasses in most states).

Success rates for ortho-k in Long Island, NY tend to be higher for mild prescriptions. Call our office to find out if your prescription is within the range that can be successfully treated with ortho-k.

How long does ortho-k take?

Though you may see some improvement in your vision after a day or two of overnight ortho-k, it can take several weeks for the full effect to be apparent. During this time, your vision will not be as clear as it was with glasses or contacts, and you are likely to notice some glare and halos around lights. It’s possible you may need a temporary pair of eyeglasses for certain tasks, like driving at night, until your vision is fully corrected by the ortho-k lenses.

Is ortho-k comfortable?

Some people have comfort issues when attempting to wear gas permeable contact lenses during the day. But since ortho-k GP lenses are worn during sleep, comfort and lens awareness are generally not a problem.

Cost of orthokeratology

Ortho-k is a significantly longer process than a regular contact lens fitting. It requires a series of office visits and potentially multiple pairs of lenses. Also, GP lenses used for ortho-k in Long Island are more costly than most regular contact lenses. Therefore, fees for orthokeratology are higher than fees for regular contact lens fittings.

Can I have LASIK after ortho-k?

Yes, it’s possible to have LASIK surgery after orthokeratology. But because ortho-k lenses reshape your cornea, you must stop wearing the lenses for a period of time (usually several months) so your eyes can return to their original shape and stabilize. Be sure to tell your LASIK surgeon that you’ve worn ortho-k lenses, so they can advise you how long you should wait before having the surgery. Learn more about Your Comprehensive Eye Exam.


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