14.10.2015

OK contacts "like braces for the eyes"

OK contacts "like braces for the eyes"

Orthokeratology Contact lenses which people wear overnight are akin to wearing corrective braces on the eyes, as they gradually improve vision over time, one expert has stated.

Kevin Lewis, former president of the College of Optometrists, told Gulf News that advancements in the field of orthokeratology (OK) mean that there are now more opportunities than ever for people to benefit from improved eyesight.

He explained that OK lenses are usually offered by optometrists to short-sighted children aged eight and over and can help to halt the "ongoing deterioration" of their sight by being worn overnight.

The process is far more effective than previous treatments, which involved placing sandbags over the eyes, the expert joked.

Meanwhile, a report by Professor Helen Swarbrick, who heads the UNSW Research in Orthokeratology Group, suggested that OK contact lenses have a great success rate by gently reshaping the front surface of the eye while children wear them during the night.

by Alexa Kaczka


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