Ortho-K for Sports Vision
Sports Vision Suffering? Ortho-K may be the answer!
An active or sporty person will be all too familiar with the frustrations of wearing glasses: glasses getting knocked off or broken, lenses fogging up, wet weather impeding vision and other limitations and irritations that make you feel you have dropped the ball – sometimes literally.
Contact sports and adventure pursuits are for the most part not recommended if you wear glasses due to the high risk of mishaps that could endanger your safety.
Orthokeratology however, may put these activities back on the to-do-list!
These frustrations are not just the domain of glasses wearers, contact lenses also present problems for someone sporty or active. Contacts can be knocked out. Dry eyes may permit contacts to be worn only for brief intervals, and water sports or recreational activities involving water are generally not compatible with contact lenses.
Orthokeratology or Ortho-K as it is called, changes the game!
Unlike regular contact lenses, Orthokeratology lenses (Ortho-K) are not required to be worn during the day to correct your vision. The lenses are worn only while you are asleep.
Wearing the lenses each night and removing them in the morning, produces clear, sharp vision all day and every day without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
Ortho-K is a safe, completely reversible treatment. Ortho-K works by inserting special customised lenses, onto the eye. The lenses exert a gentle pressure which reshapes the cornea and allows light entering the eye to focus correctly onto the back of the retina. The result is clear, crisp vision which is maintained by reinserting the lenses each night when you go to sleep.
The Advantages of Ortho-K for Althletes & Active People
There are several advantages to Ortho-K and it can be an excellent solution for athletes and active people for giving their sports vision back – but it’s not a magic pill and it doesn’t suit everyone.
Although Ortho-K has the potential to restore 20/20 (6/6) vision, results vary widely. (The minimum visual acuity legally required to drive a private vehicle in Australia 6/12).
As an optometrist, I caution my patients against being too optimistic, yet you may find Ortho-K can give you the lifestyle advantages you are unable to achieve with glasses or contacts.
For athletes, orthokeratology can bring a whole new level of engagement on the sports field.
The first step to trialling Ortho K is to get an eye examination which includes corneal mapping – this will reveal whether Ortho-K is an option you.
Contact us and get your Ortho-K questions answered in person, we’re always happy to discuss your options with you! You can book your own appointment online or call the office on 07 5532 7398