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Ortho-K: Non-Invasive Myopia Control

Understanding Myopia

Myopia, or nearsightedness, affects over 30% of the U.S. population and exceeds 90% in several East Asian countries. Despite its prevalence, myopia is associated with serious conditions that can compromise vision.

What Is Myopia?

Myopia allows individuals to see nearby objects clearly but may cause difficulty with distant vision, such as road signs or leaves on a tree. Squinting at distant objects is a common behavior among individuals with myopia. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for myopia, and studies suggest that its progression can lead to serious vision-related issues. This has prompted eye professionals to explore methods to slow myopia progression, especially in children and young adults.

Types of Myopia Control

Several effective treatments for myopia have been identified through studies. To determine the best option for you, consult your eye doctor for a personalized recommendation.

Ortho-K (Orthokeratology)

Ortho-K, or Orthokeratology, is a practice used to slow down myopia progression. This method involves using a special rigid gas-permeable contact lens before bedtime. The lens gently holds the eye in the proper shape overnight. Upon waking and removing the lenses, the eye maintains that shape. This allows nearsighted individuals to see clearly throughout the day, even without wearing contact lenses or glasses. Ortho-K is often preferred for athletes and active individuals.

Atropine Eye Drops

The progression of myopia is thought to be associated with eye strain. Atropine eye drops are specifically designed to stop the eye from straining and help the muscles relax. Similar to dilation drops, Atropine lasts throughout the day, preventing the pupil from closing too tightly and limiting vision. This treatment has shown effectiveness in slowing myopia progression in children.

Multifocal Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses

Specialty multifocal lenses reduce eye strain and have successfully slowed myopia progression over a three-year period compared to standard prescription lenses.


If your child struggles with distant vision, experiences changes in behavior or academic performance, or pulls back from social activities, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Prompt myopia treatment can reduce the risk of serious eye conditions. Call now to explore how Ortho-K can help your child maintain clear vision without the worry of myopia progression.

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