Orthokeratology uses specially designed contact lenses that act as a vision retainer to gently and gradually reshape the front surface of the eye (the cornea) to eliminate or reduce nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism and presbyopia(the need for reading glasses). The principle is similar to the use of a dental retainer used by an orthodontist to realign crooked teeth. The vision retainers are similar to contact lenses and are only worn at night while sleeping. They are then removed upon awakening to provide clear vision without using glasses or contact lenses!
What Is Ortho-k?
Orthokeratology (ortho-k) is the fitting of specially designed gas permeable contact lenses that are only worn at night and correct your vision while you sleep. The lenses gently reshape the front surface of your eye (cornea) so you can see clearly the next day. The principle is similar to the use of a dental retainer used to realign crooked teeth.
Ortho-k lenses are prescribed:
- To correct refractive errors (primarily nearsightedness, but also astigmatism, hyperopia and presbyopia).
- To slow the progression of myopia in children. (Myopia Control)
At Eye Desire Eye Care & Optical Boutique, Dr. David Roth has named his orthokeratology program “Gentle Molding Therapy” or GMT.
The type and amount of refractive error that can be effectively managed with GMT is case-by-case. At your free consultation, Dr. David Roth will determine if you are a candidate based upon a number of different factors and measurements.
Who is a candidate for OrthoK?
- Almost everyone!
- Generally ortho-k is the most successful in people with low to moderate myopia (nearsightedness).
- Children are especially great candidates because ortho-k lenses can prevent or halt the progression of myopia. (Dr. Roth prescribes for children as young as 7 years old!)
- Athletes, as well as people who work in environments where glasses or contact lenses are not ideal.
- People who are not candidates for LASIK can sometimes still be fit in ortho-k lenses.
- Anyone who wants to be liberated from using glasses or contact lenses during the day should schedule their free consultation with Dr. David Roth.
What doctors fit Ortho-K lenses?
- Orthokeratology is a very specialized treatment and type of contact lens technology. Not all eye doctors (optometrists or ophthalmologists) perform orthokeratology. Dr. David Roth is one of the only certified orthokeratologists in Miami and has performed this technique for over a decade. In addition, Dr. Roth’s office has the necessary diagnostic equipment and computer software to successfully perform GMT. GMT is very safe for both children and adults and we only utilize FDA approved materials.
What to expect at your free consultation.
- Dr. David Roth will measure your refractive error (prescription) as well as look at the health of your corneas (front service of the eye) to ensure your eyes are healthy enough for the procedure.
- He will also measure the curvatures of your corneas using a topograher. Topography is painless and produces a topographical map of your eye’s front surface. Dr. David Roth will then use this information to design lenses specifically for your eyes using a computer program.
How Much Does GMT Cost?
- Fitting ortho-k lenses is a more time-consuming process and requires more expertise than fitting regular contact lenses. It requires many office visits and multiple sets of lenses in the beginning of your treatment.
- The cost of GMT varies depending on the type of your refractive error and measurements of your eyes. Your fee level will be determined at your free consultation. The range for the Gentle Molding Therapy Program is between $1,900 and $4,000.
The 24 month Gentle Molding Therapy Program includes the following:
- Initial GMT consultation, evaluation, and fitting
- Lens design and 1 final pair of lenses
- ALL lens changes and visits made by the doctor within the first 12 months
- ALL topography testing
- Lens handling instructions and initial cleaning and disinfecting solutions (3 month supply)
- Initial recommended eye drops (Ortho K Thick drops/Numbing Eye Drops)
- 1 sink lens catcher
- 2 removal “plungers”
- A comprehensive eye exam at 1 year (including retinal evaluation/dilation)
Normally, orthokeratology is not covered by vision care insurance plans because it is considered cosmetic.
Do I have to pay this every year?
- No, after the program is completed you will continue to have annual eye examinations and maintenance checkups