Thanks to our optometrist in the Bronx, you don’t ever have to live with blurred vision that prevents you from seeing every day as clearly as possible. At Park Professional Eyecare, our experts perform a comprehensive eye exam that will detect any vision disorders you may have that are preventing you from seeing the best you can. One of these disorders is astigmatism which is a very common vision condition that causes blurred vision due to one of two conditions. In some cases, the cornea, which is the clear front cover of the eye, has an irregular shape or, astigmatism can also be caused by the curvature of the lens inside your eye. An irregular shaped cornea, or lens, prevents light from focusing properly on your retina, and as a result, vision becomes blurred from whatever distance. Orthokeratology is a non-surgical procedure that involves wearing a series of specially designed rigid contact lenses that, over time, gradually reshapes the curvature of your cornea.
Research shows that most people have a certain degree of astigmatism, but with minor amounts, treatment is usually not needed since vision is not affected. In patients with larger amounts, however, astigmatism can cause distorted or blurred vision, eye discomfort and headaches. Our optometrist in the Bronx will consult with you and explain that astigmatism often occurs along with other vision conditions such as farsightedness and nearsightedness. Altogether these vision conditions are known as refractive errors because they change how the eyes bend or “refract” light. Usually present from birth, there is no known cause of astigmatism, and the level of astigmatism can also decrease or worsen as a child grows.
According to The Orthokeratology Academy of America, studies from all over the world have indicated that Ortho-K can keep your children’s nearsightedness from getting worse. A comprehensive optometric exam with our optometrist in the Bronx at Park Professional Eyecare will include the proper testing for refractive errors that can be treated with orthokeratology. Ortho-k is a painless, non-invasive procedure and the series of rigid contact lenses used are gas permeable and worn overnight. While you’re sleeping, the lenses gently reshape your cornea (the front surface of your eye) so you can see clearly the following day once you wake up and remove the lenses. Ortho-K corneal refractive therapy lenses are also a great vision solution for outdoor sports like swimming, soccer, football and running, since glasses or contact lenses may not allow for optimum performance. For those too young for Lasik surgery, orthokeratology vision correction contact lenses are an excellent choice to meet the need for natural, unassisted vision.