Debunking 4 Common Misconceptions Regarding Orthokeratology

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If you're not into wearing glasses all the time, then contact lenses are a great alternative. They're much more comfortable than glasses, and they don't cause red eyes or dryness. But before you make your purchase, it's important to understand what orthokeratology is and why misconceptions are surrounding this contact lens option. This article will help dispel 4 common misconceptions about ortho contacts.

1. Ortho contacts distort your vision.

This is the most common misconception about ortho contacts. While they do correct temporary vision problems, they don't cause unnatural or distorted vision in any way. In fact, ortho contacts are designed to be worn at night while you sleep to correct your eyesight during the day. Hence, wearing this type of lens means you'll have a better and clearer vision while you're awake.

2. Orthokeratology can damage the cornea.

There's no evidence to suggest that orthokeratology can damage the cornea whatsoever. If not correctly informed about the whole process of orthokeratology, one might suggest that these lenses can apply pressure on the cornea and squeeze it, damaging it. However, this is not the case. The cornea is very flexible and it will easily adapt to the lenses' shape. The cornea will also return to its original shape once the contact lenses are taken off.

3. Makes your eyes prone to infection.

This is another common misconception about ortho contacts. We often worry that the lenses can cause eye infections or dryness but they do not. This is because there are no bacteria or viruses in the solution used to make these lenses. However, most experts believe that wearing this type of lens while you sleep actually reduces your risk of eye disease and ensures that you have healthy eyes. 

In fact, an increased level of moisture can be found in patients using ortho contacts, resulting from the fluid layer produced by these lenses. This layer serves to lubricate your eyes and allows them to be healthy and hydrated. In addition, the lenses are made of materials that are safe for use on your eyes.

4. Ortho fittings processes are too complicated. 

Actually, the fitting process for ortho contact lenses is very simple. Each eye will be measured separately and a lens will be made based on your unique needs. This helps ensure that you'll have a better vision while wearing these lenses. 

The only thing that can make the fitting process hard are the precautions you have to take during this period, such as avoiding water and touching your eyes. After this initial period, however, the rest should be very easy.

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