Laser eye surgery involves removing a small amount of tissue from the cornea and reshaping it to correct refractive errors.
Laser eye surgery has been improved over the years and the results are safe and long lasting. We can recommend a laser eye clinic in Wellington if you are interested in pursuing laser surgery.
Orthokeratology lenses, also known as Corneal Refractive Technology (CRT), are rigid gas permeable contact lenses that are worn overnight. These lenses use the tear film to mould the shape of the cornea – much like laser surgery – meaning that when you take the lenses out in the morning you can see clearly without needing glasses or contact lenses!
These lenses can be revolutionary for anyone who has had a strong reliance on glasses, or anyone with an active lifestyle or regular sports schedule.
One of the benefits of orthokeratology is that it is fully reversible – if you ever decide you want to quit; once you stop wearing the contact lenses your eyes will revert to how they were before you started. In comparison, laser surgery is a permanent treatment. Find out more about orthokeratology here.
Progressive myopia is an emerging global problem that is becoming more prevalent. Even though myopia can have a genetic cause, lifestyle and environmental factors can also be associated with myopia. Urbanisation and the increased use of digital devices results in children spending less time outdoors. This lack of exposure to natural light may increase the risk of myopia.
There is growing evidence that orthokeratology is useful for managing myopia progression in children. Children who wear orthokeratology lenses typically show less change in their eyes than children wearing ordinary spectacles or contact lenses. (See the screen time guide for parents.)