Friday, April 9, 2010

Orthokeratology is great for kids

One of the largest potential groups for orthokeratology (ortho-k, crt, corneal molding, vision reshaping treatment etc) is for kids. They are very active and growing. The growing part is one reason that Lasik is contraindicated in children. Their eyes, and prescription, change regularly. This can be a wasteful thing for a family who has invested $3K into their child to see good and only need glasses again the next year. Glasses or contacts can work but true functionality comes from ortho-k.

Ortho-k for children has at least two big advantages. One, they are free from glasses and contacts during the day. No glasses to lose, break or get in the way of sports. Two, it can slow the progression of myopia or nearsightedness. That way, when your child becomes an adult they have semi-functional vision without glasses instead of being legally blind without correction. Further, when and if Lasik is chosen later on there is much less treatment required because ortho-k has slowed the progression of myopia.

So, the next time you are into the eye doctor, ask about ortho-k for your child. Imagine the freedom you can achieve and the benefits that are reaped from this cool treatment.

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