How much does it cost?
For people who require lenses to correct their short sightedness (myopia), the total cost for orthokeratology treatment is $1500. This includes the orthokeratology lenses and all initial consultation fees. The cost may vary depending on your prescription. Although the initial cost may appear to be expensive at first, it is less than a quarter of the cost lasik eye surgery and no more than wearing soft contact lenses or glasses over a period of 2 - 3 years. Remember orthokeratology lenses are permanent and may last up to 2 or 3 years for some individuals.
What is the procedure?
The procedure for fitting ortho-k lenses usually takes more time compared to traditional contact lens fitting and may require multiple sets of lenses. Before any commitment is made to orthokeratology your eye health needs to be assessed along with a prescription check. This information is usually revealed with just a general eye examination, which is covered by medicare. If you are an eligible candidate and decide to continue with the orthokeratology treatment, measurements of your cornea will be taken. These measurements are required so the orthokeratology lenses can be custom made to fit your eyes and correct your prescription. Lenses usually take about a week to be made, after which, another consultation will be booked where our optometrist will assess the fit and teach you how to insert, remove and wear the lenses. You will need to schedule another visit after the first night of wearing the lens. This visitation is important so our optometrist can check the health of your eyes and how much you've responded to the first nights wear. Most wearers will notice an improvement in their vision after the first night of wearing the lenses, however the maximum potential of the lens is not seen until it is worn for a complete week. Another appointment is required after a week. If there is any residual uncorrected vision, changes are made to the lenses accordingly and another set of lenses is ordered.
Followup consultations are required 1 month, 6 months and 12 months after the final lenses are dispensed. These consultation are important to assess your eyes are coping well with the lenses and your vision is stable. No extra payment is required for these visits.
If you are interested in orthokeratology or would like someone to talk to about it, please call 02 9922 7420 or Book an appointment