AOK for Hyperopia is now available. I have also launched our AOK for Presbyopia. These new designs will allow many patient over 40 years of age to continue to see in the distance as well as read up close without the need for reading glasses.
Top 5 questions about AOK you should have answered
1. Do you know that (a child’s) nearsighted progression can be controlled? Recent studies indicate it can be. If treated by an Orthokeratologist, nearsighted progression can be slowed or stopped entirely. These children are not given any drugs like atropine. They are treated with special AOK retainers (which look like small contact lenses). These lenses are used only during sleeping hours and are therefore very comfortable. I treat children of any age, myopia, however generally begins around 7 or 8 years of age.
2. Do you know the risks of becoming a highly nearsighted individual? As myopia increase so do the risks of sight threatening eye diseases. Theses diseases include Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Retinal holes - tears - or detachments. Preventing disease in adulthood starts with prevention in childhood. LASIK does not reduce these risks.
3. Do you know how to avoid wearing eyeglasses? Many children and adults are candidates for AOK. This treatment also allows patients to see clearly during the day without needing to use glasses or traditional contact lenses. When a patient wakes in the morning, their vision is clear through the retainers. However, the retainers are not left on the eyes. They are remove upon waking. The patient now has clear vision without any additional help from glasses or contacts. The vision stays clear all day long.
4. Is Advanced Orthokertaology (AOK) all the same? The short answer is No. The long answer is that AOK is very orthokeratologist dependant. Since AOK has become popular in recent years, more doctors have become FDA certified to treat patients. This is a short online course a doctor must pass in order to begin fitting patients. An experienced orthokeratologist has years of training in the field of orthokeratology and see’s AOK patients on a regular basis. Fellowship trained orthokeratologist have demonstrated advanced knowledge and proficiency in the field of orthokeratology, and are acknowledged by the International Academy of Orthokeratology. The outcome of the procedure in regards to the quality of vision and the continued health of the eyes is directly related to the doctors experience and skills.
5. Is AOK the same as CRT? Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) is one type of Advanced or Accelerated Orthokeratology (AOK). AOK is not only CRT, it many include may different types of retainer lenses. CRT is a specific retainer design that is available in different parameters to fit many people. It is not a custom made lens using 1000’s of data points, therefore does not work as well as a custom made lens. In my practice I have a few patients in CRT and other pre-designed lenses, however most of our patients are in custom made retainers designed by me. First, I take a special picture (topography) of the patients eye. Every patient has a unique topography, it’s like a fingerprint of the eye. I convert and transfer the picture data to a computer program that allows me to design a custom retainer for each unique corneal shape. With over 10 years of custom designing lenses for my patients I have developed a strong understanding and preference for this method. I have had great success of taking over complicated unsatisfied CRT patients and refitting them successfully with custom AOK. There are many more questions you may have regarding AOK. Reading through my blog and visiting my website may answer them. If you have additional questions, please schedule an appointment for a consultation at either of my offices. Choosing the right doctor is the most important decision you need to make.