Case study: Putting orthokeratology into practice


I was first introduced to the concept of orthokeratology (ortho-k) some time around 2000 by David Ruston, now Director of Global Professional Education and Development with Johnson and Johnson Vision, but who was then working at Nigel Burnett Hodd’s practice in central London. I was totally intrigued by, though I admit also somewhat scared of, corneal reshaping and therefore did nothing. A few years later, around 2004, No7 Contact held a Procornea workshop for practitioners to learn how to fit ortho-k. I not only attended, but also had some lenses fitted personally.

I slept in the lenses and was totally flabbergasted with my vision when I removed them the following morning. I spent the next six months learning from my personal experiences with ortho-k. I wanted to know what my patients would experience when I decided to go live with this modality.

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