Orthokeratology can work just as well for hyperopic patients as it does for myopic patients! People love being able to do away with their reading glasses, or not having to worry about the day-time dryness during soft contact lens wear that can affect older patients.
Hyperopic ortho-K has generated far less interest from researchers, contact lens manufacturers and optometrists as myopic ortho-K. The first hyperopic ortho-K lenses involved steep-fitting rigid contact lenses to induce central corneal steepening, and was first described by Jessen in 1962. In more recent times, the use of high oxygen-permeable materials and newer designs have sparked a new interest in hyperopic ortho-K.
Today at Innovative Eye Care we fit just as many patients into hyperopic ortho-K lenses as myopic. For more information about contact lens options for over 40 year olds click here.
CAPTION: A well-fitting hyperopic ortho-K lens
CAPTION: A before and after topography on someone using hyperopic ortho-K lenses. The centre of the cornea has become signifcantly more curved (red) to correct this person's refractive error.