Orthokeratology: safe and effective vision correction for swimmers
Vision correction for swimmers
Vision correction can be a challenge for swimmers, especially young swimmers. You should never wear contact lenses in the pool because a common microscopic organism found in water called acanthamoeba can get trapped between the lens and the eye causing serious and permanent vision loss or blindness. And wearing glasses in the pool is an uncomfortable and awkward option. It is also not permitted for most competative swimmers.
Why orthokeratology is perfect for swimmers
Orthokeratology is a perfect solution for swimmers because patients wear a rigid lens only while they sleep, giving them clear vision during the day. During the day, they don't wear contact lenses or glasses. This means they can have clear vision while swimming without the need to wear glasses or contact lenses in the water.
There are very few reported infections with orthokeratology lenses and the infections that have resulted have been due to improper lens care. In fact the overnight rigid orthokeratology lens is worn for fewer hours per day than standard day time contact lenses so the risk of infection is far less than with every-day standard contact lens wear.
Orthokeratology is an alternative to laser vision correction
In addition, while laser eye surgery may be an option for patients over 18 years of age, it is not recommended for younger patients. Orthokeratology fills that gap. Orthokeratology is also an excellent option for those who over the age of 18 who are not good candidates for laser vision correction or who do not want laser vision correction because of the risks.
Orthokeratology is also effective for myopia control
Orthokeratology provides benefits beyond vision correction. It has also been shown to stop your vision from geteting worse. It is the longest used and longest studied effective method for myopia control. Patients with myopia frequently experience their vision getting worse when their vision is either uncorrected or corrected wtih glasses or contact lenses.
At our East Vancovuer clinic, we have many patients under the age of 18 who are avid swimmers but also myopic. Orthokeratology does double duty for these patients by giveing them cearl vision and slowing or stopping the progression of their myopia.
Orthokeratology is approved by Health Canada
Orthokeratology has been approved by the FDA and Health Canada as well as the health and medical regulatory bodies of most major countries.