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by Cassandra Aquart / New York Family Magazine
Q. Is your child nearsighted, farsighted, or astigmatic?
A. Orthokeratology is a healthy solution for both stopping as well as reversing the deterioration of your child’s eyesight. Best of all, they’ll see clearly and not need to wear glasses or contact lenses during the day.
Orthokeratology is the use of custom-made contact lenses to reshape the cornea and has a significant effect in stopping the progression of nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism in children. It’s also a great choice for children who need vision correction – without the hassles of caring for contact lenses or glasses during school, at sport or other daytime activities.
Under the Orthokeratology treatment, the child wears customized contact lenses while sleeping and removes them upon waking. Over a short period of time, the OrthoK lenses act to reshape the surface of the cornea much like the way dental retainers straighten the teeth. Especially in children and teens, OrthoK can control and eliminate the progression of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism, both correcting, restoring and maintaining clear and crisp vision without contact lenses or glasses.