ORTHOKERATOLOGY IN SYDNEY
- Do you want to correct your vision and be free of glasses or contact lenses during all waking hours?
- Do you want a safe, non-invasive alternative to laser eye surgery?
- Do you want to ride your bicycle, swim or surf with absolute freedom?
- Are dry, uncomfortable contact lenses affecting your life?
Orthokeratology may be a solution for you. Also referred to as Ortho-K, Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) or Overnight Vision Correction, Orthokeratology is a unique technology that utilises custom-fitted, oxygen-permeable rigid contact lenses to improve vision through the reshaping of the cornea while you sleep. This safe, non-invasive and convenient process allows you the freedom to see clearly without daytime vision correction, since the lenses are worn overnight. Ortho-K is suitable for most short-sighted patients, with or without astigmatism, and ideal for sportsmen and women, swimmers, surfers, or those who simply prefer not to wear glasses or contact lenses during the day. Like refractive surgery, Ortho-K gives clear unaided visual acuity; however, it has no surgical risks and is reversible. Browse through this website for more information or call our Sydney Smart Vision Optometry practices to book an Ortho-K consultation.
At Smart Vision Optometry, we use the absolute latest innovative technology available in optometry today for the very best results. Our optometrists have extensive experience in Orthokeratology and are members of the Orthokeratology Society of Oceania (OSO), which is dedicated to promoting research, professional development and networking in the Orthokeratology field since 1984. As Behavioural Optometrists, we take a holistic approach in the treatment of vision while involving our patients as active participants in the prevention of vision difficulties and the maintenance of maximum eye health and visual fitness. Our ultimate goal is to find the answers to our patients’ individual vision challenges, ensuring they see the world clearly and with maximum efficiency.
Master of Optometry, Behavioural Optometrist & Orthokeratologist
Gary has been practicing optometry for over 25 years. After graduating as a Bachelor of Optometry at UNSW, he worked with experienced optometrists throughout Sydney. He then decided to open up his own practice in the Central Coast, later Wahroonga and then Mosman. In 2012, he created the Smart Vision Optometry Group and associated with Thompson, Larter & Associates Behavioural Optometrists, opening a practice in Bondi Beach two years later. Gary studied a Post Graduate Certificate of Behavioural Optometry, in which he achieved a high distinction, and a Post Graduate Certificate of Ocular Therapy, having recently completed a Master’s Degree in Optometry. He is a member of both the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists and Optometry Australia. Gary has a special interest in children’s vision, sports vision and visual performance. He has been an Ortho-K wearer for over two years and no longer needs glasses or contact lenses for vision correction.
Behavioural Optometrist and Orthokeratologist
Jacquie graduated from the UNSW with a Bachelor of Optometry (honours) in 1989 and has completed the Behavioural component of her Master’s Degree in Optometry. She has worked in independent private practices in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and the North Shore as well as in public research facilities. She is highly experienced in general practice with a particular emphasis on contact lenses and management of diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. In addition, Jacquie has a personal and professional interest in children’s development. She is passionate about providing solutions to help them reach their learning potential. Jacquie is a member of Optometry Australia and the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists, having joined the Smart Vision Group in 2013. She has been wearing Ortho-K lenses since 2013 and is happy to recommend this treatment to all suitable patients.
Did you know there is a non-surgical alternative to daytime contact lenses and glasses? Ortho-K lenses are worn while you sleep and are removed in the morning. They have a unique design, which generates pressure in the thin layer of tears under the contact lens. It’s like braces for your teeth. The cornea is highly elastic and will return to its original shape if the lenses are not worn on a regular basis. For this reason, Ortho-K lenses are usually worn every night to maintain the re-shaping effect once the desired cornea shape has been achieved. After you remove the lenses in the morning, the result is clear vision the whole day, without the need of glasses or contact lenses. Ortho-K has no permanent ocular change, giving you ultimate control and flexibility of your vision correction without the risks involved in laser eye surgery.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is Ortho-K a new technique?
Can any optometrist provide Ortho-K?
Is Ortho-K suitable for everyone?
Early Ortho-K lenses were limited to low to moderate myopia with minimal astigmatism. However, recent advances are allowing us to correct prescriptions that could never be done before – and the technology is improving at an incredible pace. We have corrected high myopia (up to -12.00), astigmatism, hyperopia and presbyopia using Ortho-K lenses. A thorough examination by our orthokeratologists is required to determine your suitability for Ortho-K, which also take into consideration factors such as corneal shape and corneal thickness.
How are Ortho-K lenses prescribed?
Can Ortho-K halt the further progression of myopia in children?
What are the advantages of Orthokeratology?
- Freedom from glasses and contact lenses throughout all waking hours.
- Discomfort normally associated with contact lenses, hard or soft, is minimised or eliminated through overnight use.
- Ortho-K lenses are only worn at night, greatly reducing the risk of lenses being lost or damaged.
- It is a non-surgical procedure that does not permanently alter the cornea.
- It is reversible, with vision returning to normal 72 hours after discontinuing treatment.
- It is a very safe process, with risks comparable to those associated with regular contact lens wear.
- It allows active children, teenagers and adults to engage in a variety of activities and sports free from the discomfort and inconvenience of glasses or contact lenses.
- Ortho-K lenses may reduce the progression of myopia in children and teenagers.
Are there any risks or side effects?
Does Ortho-K hurt?
Do I need to wear Ortho-K lenses forever?
Is Ortho-K expensive?
The Ortho-K fitting process is significantly more complex than a regular contact lens fitting. It requires a series of practice visits and potentially multiple pairs of lenses. Therefore, the initial cost is slightly higher than a year’s supply of regular contact lenses, but less expensive than laser surgery. It includes a comprehensive vision test, a retinal exam, corneal topography, corneal lenses design and fitting, all of the professional visits and the final set of lenses needed to achieve optimal vision for up to 12 months, after which period the lenses must be replaced. An initial assessment to determine suitability ranges from $150 of which Medicare may provide a partial rebate.
As Behavioural Optometrists, we take a holistic approach in the treatment of vision while involving our patients as active participants in the prevention of vision difficulties and the maintenance of maximum eye health and visual fitness. Our ultimate goal is to find the answers to our patients’ individual vision challenges, ensuring they see the world clearly and with maximum efficiency. It is, therefore, quite likely that a functional vision skills assessment would also be performed to provide the best solution for your visual needs. This cost may vary from a minimum of $85.00.
If you require more information about the costs involved in the Ortho-K treatment, please request our Information Pack below.
Is Ortho-K claimable under health insurance?
Who can benefit from Ortho-K?
Anyone who wants to be free of glasses and contact lenses during waking hours. Ortho-K is also ideal for sportspeople, surfers, swimmers, people working in dusty environments and in occupations where glasses or contact lenses are a disadvantage (dancers, fashion models, policemen, firemen, etc.)
Please click on the links below to access current research on Orthokeratology:
* Hui-Ju Lin, Lei Wan, Fuu-Jen Tsai et al. (2014) Overnight Orthokeratology is comparable with atropine in controlling myopia
* Chan KY, Cheung SW, ChoP. (2014) Orthokeratology for slowing myopic progression in a pair of identical twins (ABSTRACT)
* Cho P, Cheung SW. (2012) Retardation of Myopia in Orthokeratology (ROMIO) Study: A 2-year randomised clinical trial
* Russell Lowe, Laura Downie. (2011) Overnight corneal reshaping for the correction of childhood myopia: a single case study
* T. Kakita, T. Hiraoka, T. Oshika. (2011) Influence of Overnight Orthokeratology on axial length elongation in childhood myopia
* Pauline Cho. (2011) Controlling the Progression of Myopia Using Contact Lenses
* Peter E. Wilcox, David P. Bartels. (2010) Orthokeratology for Controlling Myopia: Clinical Experiences
* H.A. Swarbrick, A. Alharbi, K. Watt, E. Lum. (2010) Overnight Orthokeratology Lens Wear Slows Axial Eye Growth in Myopic Children
* Walline JJ, Jones LA, Sinnott LT. (2009) Corneal reshaping and myopia progression
* Cho P, Cheung SW, Edwards M. (2005) The longitudinal orthokeratology research in children (LORIC) in Hong Kong: a pilot study on refractive changes and myopic control
Meet Laura. She is an Ortho-K patient at our Mosman Smart Vision Optometry practice, Eyes InDesign. In this video, Laura talks about why she decided to try the latest advanced corneal refractive therapy design lens, the main advantages of the treatment and how she has achieved the best vision she has ever had through Ortho-K.
For more videos, visit our YouTube Channel.
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Eyes InDesign Bondi
110-112 Glenayr Avenue Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Phone 02 9365 5047
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832 Military Road Mosman NSW 2088
Phone 02 9969 1600