Being an avid reader since young, Xav has been on glasses since he started Primary 1. But boys being boys, I needed to constantly remind him to handle his glasses properly, not to act cool by removing or wearing the glasses with a single hand, clean the smudged lens when needed for he can be totally oblivious to it, check for worn-out nose pads and scratched lens and the list goes on.
Orthokeratology or Ortho-K for short may sound familiar to some of you. Ortho-K is the use of gas permeable contact lenses (hard lens) to be worn at night so that the lens can gently reshape the cornea and temporarily correct the short-sightedness while one is sleeping, so that the next day, one can still function without having the need to wear glasses or contact lenses. It also helps to slow down the progression of myopia.
This is a totally new experience for us and especially so, for the boy, as it can be quite scary for some kids to put a foreign object in their eyes. To be honest, I do have my reservations about it because, at the end of the day, it concerns his vision and his eye health. I am also worried about infections and ulcerations too and I will cover this in the later part of the post.
We made our first consultation with Yee Leen, one of the optometrists from Videre Eyecare for an Ortho-K evaluation and also a trial fit to assess if Xav was suitable for it.
The image below shows a WAM 700 machine that can check for multiple objective refraction, eye pressure, the axial length of the eye and many more.
Was it only me? I was amazed that this little station could read the power of the lens directly.
With Yee Leen, explaining to him how Ortho-K treatment works.
Being a competitive swimmer, Ortho-K treatment would benefit him and he woulddefinitely have a clearer vision under water.
As his eyes are a little dry due to the regular swimming sessions, he has to do the following in the morning before school:
Before wearing the lens to sleep (at night):
How to prevent eye infection, ulceration and lack of oxygen to the cornea
How often did we go back for review?
The second visit was a week later and third was two weeks later. The time in between visits will be longer as time goes by.
When Xav woke up after the first night, he removed the lenses and his vision was much better than when he was totally off glasses (before he started Ortho-K treatment) though it was still blurred. Second day onwards, he excitedly told me “Mummy, my vision is so much clearer now!”
Xav is now enjoying lens-free in the day and can indulge himself in all kind of sports without having the risk of getting broken glasses or bent frame at the end of the day.
Videre Eyecare is located at:
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Disclaimer: This review post is a collaboration between Videre Eyecare and MyFatPocket, all opinions are of my own.