What has been done in the past, and is still being done, is to pre-focus the light rays by eyeglasses and conventional contact lenses. In most cases, this adequately solves the problem of blurred vision and eyestrain. What it does not do is attack the CAUSE of the problem. Is there any way to get to the source of the problem? YES, there is.
Obviously, there is nothing that can be done with the length of the eyeball. The only option is to concentrate on the cornea and its curvature. This is the basis of orthokeratology. Simply stated, the purpose of orthokeratology is to permanently alter the curvature of the cornea so that no external devices are necessary for good vision. Through research and experimentation, Orthokeratologists have found that the cornea is a soft, pliable, yet very tough tissue. It will maintain its integrity and respond to changes imposed upon it by contact lenses that are specially designed for that purpose.
Contact lenses became popular because of a desire to get away from cumbersome eyeglasses, mostly for cosmetic reasons. As the practice developed, it was found that there was less distortion with contact lenses, they were a more natural way of seeing and did the job better. As the contact lens field grew, researchers began to study the side effects of wearing contact lenses. What they discovered was that in many cases the refractive error was actually decreasing in small amounts. Further studies showed that there was a direct relationship between these improvements and the corneal curvature changes. Armed with this new information, practitioners were able to attack the actual cause of the problem for the first time.
WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT THESE SITUATIONS?
Orthokeratology is a program in which the patient's refractive error is methodically reduced and vision improved by wearing specially fitted contact lenses. New lenses are provided at intervals of 1 to 4 weeks until perfect vision is obtained or no further improvement occurs. Throughout the program the cornea gradually becomes a better optical surface and the muscles within the eye are relaxed. At this point "retainer" lenses are dispensed to stabilize the correction. Once the corneal correction has become stable, wearing time of the retainer lens is reduced to the minimum possible wearing time that allows maximum naked vision all day. The length of time it will take to accomplish the process varies with the individual. The average program lasts from 2 weeks to 4 months, with many patients achieving functional naked vision in 1 to 2 days.
Recent developments of high tech rigid gas permeable materials have made Accelerated Procedures possible in Most cases. Using the new breathable lens materials, therapeutic lenses may now be worn during sleep instead of waking hours. This affords the ortho-k patient good "functional vision all day long" without the use of glasses or contact lenses. The custom-made retainer lenses are then re-inserted prior to bed-time, and removed again the following morning.
Results obtained from the orthokeratology program depend on the individual. In general, people with vision as poor as 20/200 can reasonably expect to obtain 20/20 vision. Those with extremely poor vision can look forward to being able to perform many tasks and functions that were impossible before without lenses.
CHILDREN'S VISION & MYOPIA
As was said earlier, myopia is a progressive imperfection that worsens with time. When it involves young school children it is particularly critical because about 85% of all learning is done with the eyes. Most eye doctors recommend an eye examination before children begin school so myopia and other refractive errors can be detected and corrected. It is estimated that 4% of all eight-year olds in the Untied States suffer from nearsightedness. By the time these eight-year olds reach college, 60% OF THEM WILL BE SUFFERING FROM MYOPIA!
Too often, conventional eyeglasses are used for treatment of myopia in children. Sometimes this course is taken because of tradition, other times because the parents are unwilling to commit to the expense or the time needed to help children with contact lenses. It is a particularly unfortunate choice because wearing of prescription glasses by nearsighted children can often cause even poorer vision.
Preventative and corrective measures are extremely critical in children's vision because poor vision is directly linked to learning problems and poor academic performance. Recent data shows that 70% of all children in special learning disability classes have vision problems.
ORTHOKERATOLOGY IS THE ONLY KNOWN NON-SURGICAL PROCEDURE THAT CAN REVERSE THE PROGRESSION OF MYOPIA IN CHILDREN. The program can be started with children as young as six, but developing myopia can be stopped at any age by the use of therapeutic contact lenses.
Although most patients in the ORTHO-K program are older than the age of 14, the procedure is perhaps EVEN MORE BENEFICIAL FOR CHILDREN
AS YOUNG AS 6 YEARS OLD!!!
These YOUNGSTERS benefit from ORTHO-K in several ways that many older ORTHO-K
patients, or Laser or LASIK patients do not!
(1) Their eyes never deteriorate insidiously, as caused by the "dangerous" increases in prescription, so common as they get older.
(2) Their RETAINER lenses, worn virtually only while sleeping, helps to keep their myopia under control FOR A LIFETIME!
(3) Their nearsightedness (myopia) is virtually COMPLETELY ELIMINATED!!!
(4) Laser or LASIK is NOT F.D.A. approved for anyone younger than 18 years of age!
(5) ORTHO-K is truly the "Best Kept Secret" in the eyecare field, and most assuredly.........the "Intelligent Alternative."
VISION & WORK
For many people, imperfect vision means more than inconvenience in daily life. It can mean failing to qualify for a job that they really want or losing a job that has strict visual standards. Some people even make career changes because they feel the pressure of the job is the problem when the underlying cause is poor vision. Such cases have occurred with policemen, firemen, pilots, architects, draftsman, athletes, educators and government workers and many other occupations. With proper diagnosis, people in these occupations have been able to improve their unaided vision with orthokeratology. Some have been improved to a point where they could meet the visual requirements of a job they wanted but couldn't have because of poor vision.
FOR YOUR EYES SAKE!!!
BEFORE you irreversibly vaporize your corneas, please contact Dr. Garber personally with ANY questions you might have! And be assured he will call you back if he is unable to speak with you immediately.
Contact Dr. Garber today to make an appointment or learn more about the future of vision correction.