"Many people think their eyesight is just fine, but then they get that first pair of glasses or contact lenses and the world comes into clearer view—everything from fine print to street signs.
Improving your eyesight is important—about 11 million Americans over age 12 need vision correction—but it’s just one of the reasons to get your eyes examined. Regular eye exams are also an important part of finding eye diseases early and preserving your vision."
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ortho-k is mainly used to correct near-sightedness (myopia). This vision problem can also usually be corrected by eye glasses, regular contact lenses, LASIK or PRK. Orthokeratology is a surgery-free way for some people to leave their glasses behind and not have to wear contact lenses all the time.
Ortho-k is sometimes recommended to correct children’s vision. Vision can continue to change for some children into adulthood and their 20’s. Vision correction surgeries like LASIK are not recommended until vision is stable. There is no firm evidence that ortho-k can slow down the progression of myopia in children, but this is also being studied as a possibility.
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
Optical dispensing is defined as “the preparation, adaption and delivery of eyewear to a person” and includes “selecting, designing, measuring, manufacturing, verifying and fitting and delivery” of eyewear. According to the Regulated Health Professions Act in Ontario, only registered health care professionals are able to perform this function.
- College of Optometrists Ontario