Basics of Ortho-K

Orthokeratology (ortho-k) is a form of reversible, refractive correction involving the overnight use of gas-permeable contact lenses that reshape the front surface of your eye. As an ortho-k wearer, you wear lenses while you sleep and remove them when you wake up. You can see clearly for the day – without wearing glasses or contact lenses.

Ortho-K FAQs

Ortho-k lenses are corneal reshaping contact lenses worn while you are sleeping. The contact lenses slightly and temporarily reshape the front surface of your corneas to improve your vision. You should be able to see well, without glasses or contact lenses, as long as you wear ortho-k lenses every night. This is a temporary and reversible form of vision correction.

How long does ortho-k last?

If you wear ortho-k lenses every night, you should see clearly for the entire day without needing to wear other corrective eyewear. However, if you are not regularly wearing ortho-k lenses the results of ortho-k last a day or two before individuals need to wear corrective eyewear. Keep in mind results are different for every person, and this may vary based on your specific circumstances.

Who is a good candidate?

Ortho-k lenses are typically prescribed for those with mild to moderate myopia. It is primarily for slowing the progression of childhood myopia. However, individuals with refractive errors such as nearsightedness, astigmatism, and hyperopia can also be good candidates. Ortho-k can also be an option for those who are not good candidates for refractive surgery.

Process Overview

  1. The initial examination your eye care professional will use a topograph to determine the curvatures of your corneas.
  2. During the fitting, your eye care professional will select a series of up to three strengths of custom Ortho-k prescription contacts.
  3. The lenses are temporary and used in phases to help you reach the desired prescription. It typically takes three pairs of lenses before maximum vision correction has occurred.
  4. You wear the lenses every night while you sleep and remove when you wake up, for clear vision throughout the day.

If you have questions or concerns about Ortho-k, our team is happy to assist you. Schedule a consultation to help determine your candidacy, costs, benefits, and risks of the process.

The Right Lenses for Your Sport

Do you know the features to look for in your protective sports lenses? Protective sports eyewear helps to prevent injuries, allows you to see clearly, and can improve overall performance. Any sport with balls, racquets or flying objects poses a risk of injury to your eyes. Injury can also occur due to pokes and jabs by fingers and elbows. Protective sports eyewear protects your eyes from the many ways they can be injured during sports.

It used to be common for players with mild prescriptions to play without wearing their eyeglasses, but overall performance is improved with sharper vision. If you are looking to have the best vision possible during your next game, try selecting protective sports eyewear that meets the needs of your sport. Sports lenses should be polycarbonate, scratch-resistant, anti-reflective, and tinted for best performance and safety.

Polycarbonate Lenses

Protective sports eyewear is made using polycarbonate lenses, an impact-resistant lens material. Polycarbonate is the safest lens option for sports with flying and fast moving objects. Most polycarbonate lenses also have built-in ultraviolet protection and scratch-resistant coating for additional durability.

Anti-Reflective Coating

Eliminate reflections from the front and back surfaces of your eyewear with anti-reflective coating. This coating allows for 99.5% of available light to pass through the lens, eliminating glare and reflections from the sun for clearer vision and better performance.

Lens Tints

The best tint for sports eyewear depends on the environment of the sport and the lighting conditions you experience during the sport. Tints are an optional addition to sports eyewear and can be very beneficial for your game. Selecting the right tint for your lenses is dependent on the conditions of your sport and your personal needs of the eyewear.

  • Yellow or Orange: Heighten contrast in overcast, hazy, low-light conditions outdoors or indoors.
    Sports: Cycling, Hunting, Shooting, Skiing, Snowboarding, Indoor Basketball, Raquetball
  • Amber, Rose, or Red: Heighten contrast in partly cloudy and sunny conditions, but significant color imbalance occurs.
    Sports: Cycling, Fishing, Hunting, Shooting, Skiing, Snowboarding, Water Sports
  • Dark Amber, Copper, or Brown: Blocks blue light to heighten contrast & visual acuity.
    Sports: Baseball, Cycling, Fishing, Golf, Hunting, Skiing, Water Sports
  • Green: Mildly heightens contrast while maintaining color balance.
    Sports: Baseball and Golf
  • Gray: Reduces brightness while maintaining 100% standard color recognition.
    Sports: All Outdoor Sports in Bright Light Conditions

Say No to standard Eyeglasses for Sports

We do not recommend wearing dress eyeglasses designed for street or office use while playing sports. These everyday eyeglasses are not able to withstand impact and may shatter or break. A serious eye injury can occur due to non-safety-rated eyewear shattering.

Need help selecting the right lenses for your sport? Visit our office, and our team can help you find the perfect protective sports lenses. We want to keep your eyes safe and allow you to perform your best.

Prescription, Polarized, and Performance Sunglasses

Sunglasses help protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays from the sun. The most important feature to look for in sunglasses is blocking 100% of UVA and UVB rays. However, there are many other features of sunglasses you can select to meet the needs of your lifestyle. Here is a brief overview of prescription, polarized, and performance sunglasses.

Prescription Sunglasses

All prescription sunglasses purchased from our office protect your eyes from harmful UV rays of the sun and block 100% of UV rays. Prescription sunglasses are an excellent option for both glasses and contact lens wearers in many situations. Try keeping a pair of prescription sunglasses in your car so you are able to remove your glasses and switch to prescription sunglasses easily. These sunglasses will provide you with vision correction, minimized glare, and dimmed the brightness of the sun.

Contact Lens Wearers

Prescription sunglasses are a great solution for contact lens wearers when swimming at the pool or beach. It is not recommended to swim in contact lenses, so prescription sunglasses make an excellent alternative for clear vision during these activities.

Polarized Sunglasses

Polarized sunglasses have always been popular with boaters and fishers to reduce reflected glare from the water. However, others like hikers, bikers, golfers, and joggers also benefit greatly from polarized sunglasses. Polarized sunglasses optimize your vision for safety and performance by eliminating glare caused from light reflected off flat surfaces. Polarized lenses improve comfort and visibility. These lenses are also great for driving because they help reduce glare from the hoods of cars and off the road’s surface.

Performance Sunglasses

The goal of performance sunglasses is to provide you with the best vision possible under all conditions. These glasses are designed to be lightweight, flexible, durable materials, no-slip, and have lens color variations. Performance sunglasses are great for sports such as mountain biking, snowboarding, rock climbing, kayaking, skiing, golfing and in-line skating. While performance sunwear is most often used by athletes, they are also helpful for those who work outdoors, do a lot of driving, or are in the military.

Popular features of performance sunglasses include anti-reflective coating and changeable lenses. The anti-reflective coating applied to back surface of lenses to eliminate glare from light reflecting off the back of lenses when the sun is behind you. Changeable lenses allow you to switch out your lenses for the tint that will best match the lighting conditions for the day.

Selecting the best sunglasses for you is highly dependent on the needs of your lifestyle. Do you need help deciding the best type of sunglasses for your lifestyle? Contact our office we are happy to assist you in your sunglasses selection!

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