Orthokeratology for Myopia Management in Chicago, IL

Orthokeratology for Myopia Management

In the quest for innovative myopia management solutions, Norwood Park Eye Center in Chicago, IL, proudly offers Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) — a non-surgical approach designed to slow the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) and enhance your daily vision. This cutting-edge treatment provides a promising alternative for those seeking freedom from glasses and daytime contact lenses, all while addressing myopia at its core. Say goodbye to daytime eyewear and embrace a clearer future. Contact us today to learn more about Ortho-K and schedule your consultation. Let us guide you toward optimal eye health and vision clarity.

What is Orthokeratology?

Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K, involves using specially designed gas-permeable contact lenses that you wear overnight. These lenses gently reshape the curvature of your cornea while you sleep, offering clear vision during the day without the need for glasses or contact lenses. This remarkable process is reversible and provides a non-invasive option to manage myopia.

Benefits of Ortho-K for Myopia Management

Effective Myopia Control

Clinical studies have shown that Ortho-K can significantly slow myopia progression in children and adolescents, reducing the risk of developing high myopia and associated complications.

Daytime Freedom

Experience clear daytime vision without the inconvenience of glasses or contact lenses, perfect for active individuals or those who prefer a natural look.


Ortho-K provides a safe and reversible alternative to surgical options like LASIK, making it suitable for children and adults who are not candidates for refractive surgery.

Improves Quality of Life

By enhancing vision and slowing myopia progression, Ortho-K can improve overall quality of life, offering confidence in academic, professional, and social settings.


Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K, is a non-surgical eye treatment that uses specially designed contact lenses to reshape the cornea of the eye temporarily. Worn overnight, these lenses gently correct the cornea’s curvature, allowing for clear vision during the day without needing glasses or contact lenses.

Ortho-K lenses slow the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) by reshaping the cornea and reducing the strain that contributes to the elongation of the eye. This is especially beneficial in children and teenagers, where it can significantly decrease the risk of developing high levels of myopia.

Yes, Ortho-K is considered safe for children and is a preferred method for managing myopia in young patients. It provides a non-invasive alternative to eyeglasses or daytime contacts, making it ideal for active kids and reducing the risk of myopia-related complications later in life.

Absolutely! While Ortho-K is particularly beneficial for myopia control in children, adults with mild to moderate myopia can also enjoy the freedom from glasses and daytime contact lenses. It’s an excellent option for those who are not candidates for LASIK surgery or who prefer a reversible vision correction method.

Most patients begin to notice improvements in their vision after the first night of wearing Ortho-K lenses. Optimal vision correction is typically achieved within two weeks of consistent overnight wear. However, the speed of vision improvement can vary from person to person.

If you stop wearing Ortho-K lenses, your cornea will gradually return to its original shape, and your myopia will reappear. Regular nightly wear is essential to maintain the benefits of vision correction. If you discontinue use, consult your eye care provider at Norwood Park Eye Center to discuss alternative vision correction options.



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