Did you know that it’s possible to be glasses-free without having eye surgery? At Premier Eyecare, our optometrist Christine is an experienced Ortho-k practitioner and is also a member of the Orthokeratology Society of Oceania (OSO).
Orthokeratology – or ortho-k for short – is a non-surgical, temporary and reversible treatment which is suitable for many patients with mild to moderate myopia (short-sightedness). Ortho-k has been around since the mid 1960’s. It’s a great option for people who want to be free of their glasses or contact lenses during the day.
Latest Orthokeratology Research
Does it really control myopia?
- The effect of orthokeratology on axial length elongation in children with myopia: Contralateral comparison study(2018). This unique study has controls for environmental and genetic factors. It suggests that Orthokeratology provides excellent myopia control over 12-24 months.
- Effectiveness of Toric Orthokeratology in the Treatment of Patients with Combined Myopia and Astigmatism.(2017). This study suggests that Orthokeratology is also safe and effective for patients with both myopia and astigmatism.
- Effect of Orthokeratology on myopia progression: twelve-year results of a retrospective cohort study (2017). One of the first studies over a period of more than 3 years, showing that Orthokeratology is a safe and effective method of myopia control.
- Retardation of Myopia in Orthokeratology (ROMIO) Study: a 2-year randomized clinical trial. (2012). Randomised clinical trial showing the efficacy of Orthokeratology in helping slow down the rates of myopia progression.
Is it safe?
- Safety and efficacy following 10-years of overnight orthokeratology for myopia control. (2018). First study to compare safety of Orthokeratology to soft contact lenses over a period of 10 years. No significant differences were found between both groups and concluded that Orthokeratology is safe for long term use.
- Does a two-year period of orthokeratology lead to changes in the endothelial morphology of children? (2017). Study shows that Orthokeratology lenses are safe to use and should not change the posterior cornea any more than normal aging changes.
- The Safety of Orthokeratology—A Systematic Review (2016). Study shows that long term success of Orthokeratology depends on proper fitting of the lenses, compliance to lens use and cleanin, routine follow ups and appropriate treatments to complications.
What are the benefits?
- Great for slowing or stopping myopia in children and teenagers
- Great for sportspeople
- Great for boosting self-confidence and appearance, particularly for teens
- Great for people working in dusty, dirty, steamy environments (tradespeople, chefs)
- Great for people prone to allergies and irritation from conventional contact lenses use
Are you a good candidate for Ortho-k lenses?
Is Ortho-k suitable for children?
Absolutely! Now, more than ever, Ortho-k is being used to treat the progression of myopia in children and teens. Ortho-k has proven results in slowing down or stopping the rate of myopia progression in children. Talk to us at Premier Eye Care about our many ortho-k success stories!
Is it claimable through my private health fund?
Very thorough practitioner
Christina is a very thorough practitioner... especially helpful with genetic predispositions and eye health. My entire extended family has been seeing her for many years including my children , brother and parents who all have prescriptions.
- Elise Frances
Amazing and professional
- Ammie A
I have been seeing Christine for the last few years and wouldn't go anywhere else. She always offers me the best advice and her staff are lovely when it comes to choosing the right glasses for me. I would highly recommend seeing them!
- Janice Kenny