Zoom Optics is proud to be one of the premier destinations for Orthokeratology in Sydney. These lenses help gently correct your vision while you sleep and are an excellent option for many people.
Additionally, OrthoK has been shown to be very effective in reducing the rate at which short sightedness progresses, especially in children.
OrthoK lenses are a great alternative to glasses or contact lenses, and can be custom fit, for a solution that’s perfectly tailored to your needs. They also don’t require any invasive procedures, if the prospect of Laser Eye Surgery is a frightening one to you.
You might be wondering; “is Orthokeratology safe?” and we’re happy to confirm that, that when fitted and advised by a qualified professional, there is very little risk involved with using these innovative lenses. A small minority of users have reported initial discomfort, but these are issues that contact lens users face as well, and the vast majority of people won’t suffer any ill-effects. The materials used in OrthoK lenses enable the eyes to breathe more than regular contacts, even when the eyelids are closed, for a more comfortable user experience in general. Should you experience any side effects from using OrthoK lenses, the good news is that, since the effects are completely reversible, you’ve got nothing to lose by trying them out! What are you waiting for? Contact us now to get started.
Frequently Asked Questions
OrthoK is a therapy that has been practiced and researched for over 30 years. OrthoK is a specialised technique and not widely available. Our optometrists have undergone further training and our clinics have the dedicated diagnostic equipment to perform the the precise fitting and aftercare that is required.
The fitting process involves trialling lenses overnight in order to custom design the lens best suited to you. A number of night trials may be required over a 1 to 4 week period. Once your OrthoK lenses have been custom designed for you, it takes approximately 1 week to manufacture your lenses. Normally, patients experience a 50 to 70% improvement in sight after the first night wearing the lenses, and usually achieve good vision all day consistently within 2 weeks.
Patients are required to wear the lenses every night to every second night in order to maintain the change in corneal shape. Both experience and research indicate that your eyes return to their normal state once you stop wearing the lenses.
OrthoK works best if you are short-sighted (also called myopia, meaning that you have more difficulties with distance focus), and low levels of astigmatism. Children can also benefit from OrthoK. Studies have shown that OrthoK can slow down the change in a child’s prescription.
With your eyes closed, there is minimal discomfort. While you are awake and your eyes are open there maybe a sensation of lens awareness from the contact of the lens on your eyes during blinking. This improves quickly with time, but seeing as OrthoK lenses are worn during sleep, blinking and lens awareness is not generally a concern.
It is very easy to adapt the procedure if your prescription does change depending on your initial prescription. If you would like more information about OrthoK, please contact us to arrange for a bulk-billed appointment to see our optometrist.
The cost for OrthoK starts from $1400. This will depend on your actual prescription and the fee includes your first set of lenses and all follow up appointments. This cost is normally claimable on your optical rebate from most health fund insurances.
Zoom Optics Optometrists are proud members of the Orthokeratology Society of Oceania. We believe that orthokeratology should only be fitted by optometrists who have the specialised equipment and undergo continuing education to be at the forefront of orthokeratology technologies and maintaining best practice to achieve optimum results efficiently and safely.
Our mission is to deliver OrthoK results safely, efficiently and affordably.