Paediatric Myopia and Orthokeratology (Ortho-K)

A growing concern among parents In 2010, it was estimated 1.9 billion people worldwide were affected by myopia. The number might increase to 2.5 billion people by 2020, with children in Asia among the highest at-risk group. Caused by elongation of the eyeball, myopia generally gets worse with age and in some cases, can cause vision loss.

The good news is that with early detection and proper care, myopia can be prevented, or if already affected, the progression of the disease can be slowed or even reversed.

Orthokeratology

A safe, easy and proven treatment for effectively retarding the progression of myopia.

What is Ortho-K?

  • Highly effective but less invasive than Lasik surgery
  • Specially designed contact lenses worn overnight that work to reshape the contour of the cornea
  • Kids (ages 7-14) are the best candidates (especially those who are active and dislike wearing spectacles.

Find out if Ortho-K is right for your child

First Eyewear Centre can assess your child’s risk of developing myopia and stop the progression to ensure healthy eyes for their lifetime.

Click here and complete the form today for a consultation to determine if your child is a good candidate for Ortho-K!

  • Is your child 7 to 14 years old?
  • Does your child’s myopia fall between -1.00Ds to -4.00Ds?
  • Does your child enjoy sports?
  • Does your child dislike wearing eye glasses?
  • Do you need to change your child’s eye glasses every year?

For more information, please read our BLOG.

FAQ  on Orthokeratology (Ortho-K)

Myopia ( shortsightedness ) has been growing rapidly over the last 25 years and is expected to impair fully 50% of the world’s population by the year 2020. The number of children that are having myopia are on a rapid increase.

The reason on myopia progression is due to children spending more time studying, reading and using the computer rather than playing outdoors. The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) now views progressive myopia as an epidemic.

Increasing myopia causes poor vision. But more importantly, it can lead to sight threatening conditions like retinal detachment and glaucoma. The earlier a child exhibits myopia, the more likely they will progress to dangerously high levels.

Studies have shown that orthokeratology ( Ortho-K ) contact lenses can slow myopia. Numerous published studies have documented that children wearing orthokeratology ( Ortho-K ) contact lenses experience little to no progression of myopia during treatment.

Orthokeratology ( Ortho-K ) is the fitting of specially designed rigid gas permeable contact lenses that can be worn overnight.

While the child is asleep, orthokeratology ( Ortho-K ) contact lenses gently reshape the front surface of the cornea so the child can see clearly the following day after remove orthokeratology contact lenses once the child awakes.

Children make great orthokeratology ( Ortho-K ) wearers. They are highly motivated and learn how to care for their orthokeratology ( Ortho-K ) contact lenses quickly, even children as young as six. The orthokeratology ( Ortho-K ) contact lenses are placed on the eyes right before bed. The mild contact lens sensation disappears as soon as the eyes close for sleep, so children are not afraid to wear their orthokeratology (Ortho-K) contact lenses.

Optometrist in our eye care centre will conduct an orthokeratology ( Ortho-K ) pre-assessment before suggesting orthokeratology ( Ortho-K ) contact lenses as myopia control option.

Optometrist will suggest the replacement of orthokeratology (Ortho-K) contact lenses. Frequent follow up visits with the optometrist are important to monitor the orthokeratology (Ortho-K) contact lenses and cornea health of the child.

Optometrist in our eye care centre will suggest the total cost of the orthokeratology ( Ortho-K ) contact lenses after orthokeratology ( Ortho-K) pre-assessment is completed. The cost of orthokeratology ( Ortho-K ) contact lenses ranges from SGD $2000-$2800.

Optometrist in our eye care centre will recommend other options like multifocal contact lenses and multifocal eyeglasses, if the child is not a suitable candidate for orthokeratology ( Ortho-K ) contact lenses.

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