August 14, 2013
Since I wrote about swimming and I am an optometrist, I have a little passion that I have to write about. I first heard about orthokeratology before I entered optometry school (and I’ll tell you more about that in a sec). Basically I design unique gas permeable contact lenses that a patient sleeps in to correct their vision. That’s all it is….a hard lens that is made for that person’s eye and their prescription and they only wear the lens when they’re sleeping. Say what?
So, back to when I was entering optometry school, I mentioned that to a professor I hadn’t met before. She was showing us around the school on the first day. I thought I would impress her by mentioning this procedure and I still remember who I said it to. Four years later, after graduating, you know how much I learned about orthokeratology? Nada. I still can’t figure out why that is. All that I learned about orthokeratology came after I graduated. You might not follow exactly what I’m saying but if you go to school to learn how to turn a nut, don’t you think the school will show you all the ways how to do that?
Let me tell you briefly about orthokeratology a teeny bit more. After a patient sleeps in the specially designed lenses and removes them in the morning, their vision should be as clear as when they wore glasses or regular contact lenses, or as close if not better. You won’t hear about this procedure from most optometrists. Why is that? Well, as I said in the above paragraph, optometry schools mostly left this cool procedure out of the curriculum. No one at my school, or probably the other optometry schools, shows students what it is and how to do it! Ludicrous!
My first sentence above mentioned swimming. I am a swimmer. Fortunately I don’t have to wear any correction. Yeah, one of those lucky ones you might think. But, in sports like swimming, athletes will probably be wearing soft contact lenses. For children that means they are in the pool or playing soccer or whatever, and have these little pieces of plastic floating on their eyes. If they were doing orthokeratology, their eyes would be free of any glasses or contact lenses when they’re playing and orthokeratology isn’t just for sports, the procedure can be for just about anyone!
I could go on and on about orthokeratology but I’m going to lead you to an association of doctors that provide this service. You can contact me as well 🙂