Appelbaum Vision is conveniently located in Bethesda and Annapolis, minutes away from Metro Washington DC!

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Vision Services at Appelbaum Vision - Orthokeratology

Vision Correction without Surgery!

This form of specialized treatment uses custom designed reverse geometry lenses to gently and gradually reshape the front surface of the eye (cornea) and improve your eyesight while you sleep. These contact lenses act similarly to dental retainers to help straighten your teeth, but instead flatten the cornea to help eliminate or reduce myopia (nearsightedness) and/or astigmatism (oblong shaped cornea). They are removed upon awakening to provide the patient with clear eyesight all day long, without the aid of glasses or contact lenses.

OrthoK is a safe, non-surgical, FDA approved form of treatment that has been shown to slow down the progression of nearsightedness. It is a completely reversible alternative to LASIK surgery, where the cornea will migrate back to its original position with discontinued use of the “retainer” lenses.

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a visual condition when you can see more clearly at near than at far distances.

Far away objects tend to be blurry without the aid of compensatory spectacle or contact lenses. Myopia occurs when the eyeball itself is slightly longer than normal and thus light rays that enter the eye focus at a point in front of the back of the eye (retina), rather than on the retina.

Why is my prescription always changing?

While myopia runs in families and often makes its first appearance in childhood, there are influences other than heredity and genetics that play a role in the development of nearsightedness. Environmental factors can contribute to the likelihood of needing assistance for far distances. Long periods of intense near work coupled with a more sedentary lifestyle, less outdoor activity, and a greater dependence on high tech devices have all been associated with increasing nearsightedness.

Studies have shown that the more near work humans perform, the more likely they will become nearsighted. It’s no wonder that myopia has been associated with higher levels of education and become an epidemic in those countries that value education and reading.

Not all eye doctors are trained to perform this specialized type of treatment, as the treatment program requires a thorough evaluation and meticulous measurements to determine whether or not the patient is an appropriate candidate for OrthoK.

Call Appelbaum Vision at 301-897-8484 to schedule a consultation and see if you are a candidate for eyesight correction without surgery!

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