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Orthokeratology in Pittsburgh (Ortho-K)

Your child can now wear contact lenses while they sleep that will eliminate their need to wear eyeglasses or contacts during the day. That means they can play soccer, basketball or swim all without any eyewear.

Orthokeratology in Pittsburgh is a process that uses specially designed GP contact lenses to temporarily reshape the contour of the cornea to reduce myopia (nearsightedness).

Orthokeratology for Myopia Control

Orthokeratology is often referred to as Ortho-K, corneal refractive therapy (CRT) or corneal reshaping. Research has shown that it can be effective at myopia control as well. This means that it slows the progression of nearsightedness in children.

Dr. Falbo became certified in performing orthokeratology in Pittsburgh over 18 years ago. Together, our doctors have fit hundreds of patients successfully. We provide orthokeratology in Pittsburgh to local patients and to those from as far away as Erie and Ohio. Our patients wear contact lenses to gradually and gently reshape their cornea to reduce their nearsighted prescription. Doctor Falbo and Doctor Dillner use a number of different brands of rigid contact lenses, like CRT lenses, that have superior breathability.

How It Works

A good candidate for orthokeratology in Pittsburgh is anyone with a mild to moderate nearsighted prescription. Usually prescriptions up to approximately -4.50 are best. Most of our patients are young, between the ages of 6 years and 18 years of age, although adults can be good candidates as well.

It all begins with a comprehensive eye examination and orthokeratology lens fitting. Gas permeable (GP) lenses specialized for ortho-k are inserted at bedtime and worn as you sleep. Throughout the night, the lenses reshape your cornea gently so that your vision becomes clear on the following morning. The correction is temporary, and ideally no eyeglasses or contact lenses will be needed on the next day or two. In order to maintain sharp visual acuity on a daily basis, you need to wear the ortho-k reshaping lenses every night.

Please call us with specific questions for your child.