Orthokeratology - LASIK alternative

Jetty

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Hi All

So I'm considering going the Orthokeratology route instead of LASIK.

It seems to be way cheaper and has less risks/side effects than LASIK but the benefits aren't permanent.

Has anyone here gone this route before ?

Here is the Wikipedia page for more info:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthokeratology
 

MandM

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Yes I have and I love it! I still have my first set of lenses, which I got in 2007. I can skip sleeping with my lenses for a night of two and see perfectly. I have not had a single eye infection since starting to wear them (I use Aosept, a hydrogen peroxide based cleanser). I find them convenient and don't have the dry eye issues I had with my normal contact lenses. It takes a while to get used to sleeping with the hard lenses, but soon you will not even notice them. They also seem to stop your vision from getting worse. You will be hooked after two nights.
 

Vegeta

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Correct me if i'm wrong: So you wear these lenses at night and then have perfect vision during the day? I always thought it wouldn't work as advertised, tell us more about your experiences please!
 

Honey Badger

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An intraocular implant still seems the best. They just remove your original lens and replace it with a fong-kong
 

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I tried this a couple of years ago - it was horrible. I was fitted for the lenses and started the treatment. The lenses, which felt like shirt buttons were scratchy and somehow didn't "engage" the eye properly. The result - my eyes weren't affected enough to be able to go without my specs, but were affected enough to change my required prescription - in other words, I couldn't see properly with or without my glasses. I tried it for about two weeks and gave up. Fortunately the optometrist was able to arrange for a full refund. I can see this working in theory, but I won't try it again - I'm looking at surgical options at the moment.
 

Jetty

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I tried this a couple of years ago - it was horrible. I was fitted for the lenses and started the treatment. The lenses, which felt like shirt buttons were scratchy and somehow didn't "engage" the eye properly. The result - my eyes weren't affected enough to be able to go without my specs, but were affected enough to change my required prescription - in other words, I couldn't see properly with or without my glasses. I tried it for about two weeks and gave up. Fortunately the optometrist was able to arrange for a full refund. I can see this working in theory, but I won't try it again - I'm looking at surgical options at the moment.
That sucks.
Did you wear contacts before you tried Orthokeratology ?
 

Mets

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Ja, soft, disposable lenses though. Somehow the hard lenses didn't agree with me.
 

Vegeta

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felt like shirt buttons were scratchy and somehow didn't "engage" the eye properly...
Fortunately the optometrist was able to arrange for a full refund.
hmmm Could it be that the optometrist didn't do a good job?
 

Mets

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I doubt it - he had other patients who had great success, people whom I spoke with personally before going that route - I figure I just wasn't suited for it.
 

syntax

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I would strongly suggest doing this properly.
Go get a proper corneal scan so they can fit the lenses properly, otherwise you are going to be miserable, it wont work and can casue scaring.

IOL's are effective and usually reversible, but they still arent perfect either. The cost is also exceptionally high unfortunately
 

eg2505

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I hate contacts; even the soft ones,

tried it and cant get the damn things in or out;

how difficult is this to actually work? and is is suitable for near and far sighted people?

also is this a non permanent fix? does it gradually get a lot better? or is it more of a quick fix like contacts are?
 

syntax

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I hate contacts; even the soft ones,

tried it and cant get the damn things in or out;

how difficult is this to actually work? and is is suitable for near and far sighted people?

also is this a non permanent fix? does it gradually get a lot better? or is it more of a quick fix like contacts are?
it is non permanent. IF you stop using them, your eyesight will return to normal / as bad as it was.

Contacts take a bit of practice and technique. The correct fitting is also very important. Go see someone who knows what they are doing and fits them properly for you
 

eg2505

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Contacts just too hard to put in and take out,

But i hate the idea of touching my own eyeball with my finger.....

And don't contacts fall out?

Anyway, not going down contacts route for now, got really good frame that's frameless and almost invisible

Gonna stick with that until i am a good candidate for lasik
 

Necropolis

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I wore contacts for about 12 years or so - never had any issues taking them out or putting them in.

Made the decision to stop wearing them because they started disagreeing with my right eye - would get swollen and uncomfortable with them in.
 

eg2505

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I wore contacts for about 12 years or so - never had any issues taking them out or putting them in.

Made the decision to stop wearing them because they started disagreeing with my right eye - would get swollen and uncomfortable with them in.
Suppose its easier for some,

Impossible to put on, had to go back to the doc to get the damn things off,

Whole cleaning ritual with them, not sure its right for me, i mean you can't exactly play rugby wearing contacts can you?

Not that i play, mind you, but was always hearing stories of them falling out.
 

eg2505

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To actually be honest here,

Even the eye specialist who tried to examine my eyes had a tough time with me,

You know the one who gives Eye drops to enlarge your pupils so he can look into your eyeball with a strong light,

Tried my absolute best to keep my eyes open, but was so hard, he gave up and physically held them open,

If that's hard, just imagine how hard it was with contacts,

Was like French kissing a cobra while playing a banjo
 

HApyM3al

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Never knew such a thing existed.

I have always worn glasses and had contacts for couple years however it became an issue to put in put every morning for me. I want to wake up put on and see not half stumble around and try poke it in haha.

I have pretty bad Astigmatism and was thinking of doing LASIK route however recovery period is biggest issue I think for me. And work environment lately is dusty.

just a question: how much is these lenses average? My contacts were R1.2k per set.

Think I should go to my specialist and see what the options are for me and just do something about my eyes and get it done.
 
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