Orthok - what are the dangers & risks ?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by cg_aust, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. cg_aust

    cg_aust Guest

    I'm currently undergoing ortho k and am interested in learning of the
    dangers and risks. I'm aware infection is the main one, but what are
    the other issues ?
    cg_aust, Oct 11, 2006
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    Ace Guest

    Corneal abrasions due to ill fitting lenses. If yours fit fine, the
    risk is minimal. OrthoK has a slight risk about equal to daily wear
    contacts but its safer than 24/7 contacts(because orthoK is NOT worn
    24/7) and its much, much safer than lasik(ignoring the false article
    Glenn posted) For this reason you can see why ill take orthoK anyday
    over lasik. I dont care that its a slight inconvinence. I can deal with
    inserting/removing them every other day. OrthoK>glasses anyday. Lasik
    is too risky, too problamatic for most people to consider, that is
    unless you live for risks!
    Ace, Oct 11, 2006
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  3. cg_aust

    cg_aust Guest

    Thanks for the feedback.

    I understand orthok works by putting pressure on the epithelium and
    therefore thinning it. Does anyone know if my understanding is correct
    ? If so, does this continual pressure on the epithelium cause any
    problems over time ?
    cg_aust, Oct 12, 2006
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    Ace Guest

    OrthoK has been around much longer than lasik. The long term effects
    would have been known by now. I havent heard many problems with orthoK
    unlike lasik. You are smart to have chosen orthoK instead of lasik(even
    back when you were 30 you didnt get lasik)
    You may believe lasik is better for me. That would be true except lasik
    is not a good option for *anyone* because it does not have a safety
    profile and causes too many problems. You are perfectly aware of the
    problems having read my posts and done your reserch.

    There will be better solutions in the future to replace lasik and
    supplament or improve upon orthoK.
    Ace, Oct 12, 2006
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    Scott Guest

    he isn't asking for a comparison... or a anti-lasik rant.
    he is asking a specific orthok question.
    Scott, Oct 12, 2006
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    Jan Guest

    cg_aust schreef:
    May I ask why your fitter didn't informed you?

    Jan (normally Dutch spoken)
    Jan, Oct 12, 2006
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    LarryDoc Guest

    Well he's not going to get anything factual or useful from Ace. He's
    but a child who hides behind his Ace alias and posts on subjects about
    which he has absolutely no scientific or medical training. Most of what
    he writes he looks up on the internet or simply invents out of his own

    Just ignore him but sadly, he wont go away because this (and a couple of
    other newsgroups) is his only contact with the real world, such as it is.

    LarryDoc, Oct 12, 2006
  8. cg_aust

    cg_aust Guest


    He certainly emphasises cleanliness of hands, contacts, fingers etc
    when handling them, and the risk of infection if you don't, which I do.

    In his expert opinion he believes there's no long term adverse effects
    from orthok. However contrary anecdotal evidence and peoples own
    perceptions and experience are always of interest with any medical
    issue. Experts in the same field often disagree. Different viewpoints
    are how we learn. Hence my request for info in this forum.
    cg_aust, Oct 12, 2006
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    jsgmt Guest

    Well I wonder why you don't just get Lasik.

    LOL....ALMLOST everyone will have to get reading glasses and this way
    you will never have to wear bi-focals. Plus, you you could always
    borrow a pair to read the menu at a restaurant from anyone :)

    That said. Good luck on your OrthoK, sounds like a lot of work. From
    what I have read it doesn't seem like there are many complications.
    jsgmt, Oct 13, 2006
  10. cg_aust

    cg_aust Guest

    Actually orthok's not much work at all once you're in to the swing of
    it. Surprising how quickly it becomes part of the routine.

    No more work than having a shower, washing your hair, brushing &
    flossing teeth, using mouthwash, having a bowel movement, wearing clean
    clothes and having a shave which I also do daily, as I hope most people

    I agree most people will end up in reading glasses, me included, but my
    optom said to give orthok a try. So far I'm glad I did.

    Thanks for your input re the lack of complications, much appreciated.
    cg_aust, Oct 13, 2006
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    Ace Guest

    Except you *wont* need reading glasses if you retain some myopia. Being
    myopic is like built in readers. For this reason, I want to reduce my
    -4.5 myopia to between -1 and -2 so I can avoid needing readers, yet
    almost eliminate my dependency on distance glasses. Maybe some of you
    dont mind readers but its a NO NO for me! I dont ever want to deal with
    readers and I dont have to!
    Ace, Oct 13, 2006
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