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Family Eyecare Solutions Offers Ortho-K treatment that Improves Vision Overnight

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HANOVER, MA, ISSUED OCTOBER 5, 2023… Family Eyecare Solutions, an optometry practice specializing in vision therapy, myopia control, and post-concussion vision syndrome and led by Development Optometrist Laura Vasilakos, OD, FCOVD, is offering Orthokeratogy, or Ortho-K, treatment which improves vision while people sleep.

Patients wear specially designed contact lens-like retainers while they sleep. When removed in the morning, you can see without glasses or contact lenses. These non-surgical retainers reshape the front surface of the eye, the cornea. Ortho-k is worn 7-8 hours each night offer sight without correction during the day. Ortho-K also slows the rate of worsening nearsightedness, also known as myopia.

Ortho-K has been FDA approved since 2002. As with contact lenses the same hygiene, care and maintenance must be followed. Corneal reshaping therapy is recommended for myopia control, as an alternative to contacts and glasses as well as an alternative to LASIK.

The youngest age that Dr. Vasilakos begins fitting these corneal retainers in eight. It is a great option for children and teens that are active in sports activities or any other extra-curricular activities. Older patients who require reading glasses may still be candidates for Ortho-K by correcting their vision distance with Ortho-K and wearing near-vision reading glasses for close work.

“I tell patients to think of it like wearing a tight ribbed sock.  There are lines on your skin when you remove the sock, but they disappear when you discontinue wearing the sock,” said Dr. Laura Vasilakos, founder of Family Eyecare Solutions. “The same analogy can be applied to this corneal reshaping therapy – after you stop wearing the lenses at night, the eye slowly goes back to the way it was before starting therapy. If a child were to wear the lenses starting at 10 years old and decided to stop wearing them at 20, his eyes would slowly reshape back how they were when he started at 10. He would have skipped the 10 years of nearsightedness progression and have the vision of his 10-year-old self.”

Why consider Ortho-k? You play sports and want freedom from glasses and contacts. Your nearsightedness (myopia) is getting worse. Adults that want freedom from glasses and contacts for their job as well as an alternative to LASIK.

About Family Eyecare Solutions

Family Eyecare Solutions is an optometry practice specializing in vision therapy, myopia control, and post-concussion vision syndrome that was founded by Development Optometrist Laura Vasilakos, OD, FCOVD in 2018.  Located at 51 Mill Street, Building E, Suite 21 B, in Hanover, Massachusetts, Family Eyecare Solutions serves patients from the surrounding areas of Randolph, Stoughton, Marshfield, Canton, Weymouth, Rockland, Sharon, Abington, Hingham, Hanover, Norwell, Cohasset, Pembroke, Plymouth, Quincy, and Kingston.  For more information, please call 781-829-9400, email info@familyeyecaresolutions.com, or visit www.familyeyecaresolutions.com.