Myopia & Ortho-K

What is Myopia ?

Myopia is more commonly known as short-sightedness. It results from an elongation of the eye which moves the focal point on the retina, resulting in blurred vision.

Typically, Myopia is hereditary so if your parents are short sighted, then you are likely to be as well. There is currently no cure for short-sightedness but Myopia control can slow or halt its progression.

Obviously short-sightedness can be overcome with glasses or contact lenses but for many, this is quite inconvenient as it can restrict them from some activities.

Highly Myopic eyes bring with it a greater risk of developing more serious eye conditions such as detached retinas and glaucoma.


Orthokeratology, or Ortho-k for short is a simple treatment where special contact lenses are worn overnight in order to gently re-shape the front of the eye. The intention is to slow or halt the progression of Myopia so it is most effective if caught in the early stages in children. The special lenses are removed in the morning and result In crisp, natural vision all day without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Have a look at the video below for more detailed information about Ortho-k and Myopia



Our consultants at Anne Gill Eyecare are experts at fitting all types of contact lenses and have undergone extensive training. They use high-tech equipment to map the surface of the cornea and advise you as to your suitability for this treatment.

The treatment has been in use since 2002 with several thousands of successful applications. It is available to patients within a particular range of short-sightedness so please contact us to arrange a test to assess if it is suitable for your particular condition.

Results of the treatment can be seen quite quickly, in fact most of the correction can be achieved after just the first night of wearing the corrective lenses and within a week, you typically will no longer be reliant on glasses or contact lenses.


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