Ortho K lenses – Why they are a great option for children.
Children, as with other contact lens types, adapt well to Ortho K lenses. Several studies concluded that children have less trouble adapting and learning to use contact lenses than adults.
Another great thing about Ortho K lenses is there are no lenses to get lost, or irritate the eye, while at school or playing. And, normal eyesight for games and sport is a huge advantage, boosting self-confidence – no having to sit on the sidelines watching others play!
Research has demonstrated fewer contact lens related eye problems with Ortho K lenses than with other types of lenses. A key reason is Ortho K lenses are worn for less time than daily wear lenses. Generally, most Ortho K lenses are only worn about 6-8 hours per day. This is reduced further when you consider that most Ortho K users need only wear lenses for five or six nights per week. Standard contact lenses, by comparison, were invariably found to be worn more than wearers were advised by their eye care practitioner. Overall, clinicians agree that reduced wearing time is associated with fewer contact lens problems.
Ortho K lenses have also been shown to work very well, where children are becoming increasingly short sighted, in halting, or slowing, the progress of that short sight.
Why is controlling short sight important? Short sight isn’t just about needing glasses to see clearly far away. The more short-sighted the eye, the more associated structural problems can develop in the eye. This is because, in short sight, the eye becomes more stretched and fragile which, as a consequence, makes the eye more prone to sight threatening issues eg Short sighted eyes are more susceptible to retinal tears or detachments.
Around the world, large amounts of money is being targeted at better understanding the mechanisms of myopic progression in order to try prevent it. Several studies, eg the LAST study, demonstrate that wearing Ortho K lenses is an effective method of slowing and controlling myopia.
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