How does it compare to Laser Eye Surgery or LASIK?
Ortho-K is similar to laser eye surgery or LASIK but unlike laser eye surgery, the change induced is temporary, reversible and non-surgical and the effect is dependent on overnight lens wear. Unlike LASIK, Ortho-K does not involve permanently removing cells or tissue, but rather reshaping cells temporarily. The most up-to-date information on potential issues with LASIK can be found on the Lasik Complications website.
There is no post-operative recovery or discomfort or any of the risks of possible permanent side effects that can come with laser eye surgery such as reduced vision, dry eyes, glare issues, light sensitivity or night vision difficulty. Being reversible, it does not limit the option of considering laser eye surgery later in life should that be desired.
Changes in prescription over time can be easily dealt with; no further surgery or enhancement procedures are needed.
Most surgeons will not treat a client until they are at least 18 years old but Ortho-K is FDA approved for children.
And finally, at less than 1/3 of the cost of laser eye surgery, Ortho-K is very affordable.