Q: Who is the best candidate for rigid lenses?
A: Anyone who needs vision correction and is motivated to learn how to use rigid lenses is a great candidate. Rigid lenses are a good option for people who have problems with soft lenses (i.e., dry eyes) or who don’t want to wear reading glasses.
Q: Are rigid lenses comfortable?
A: Like all contact lenses, a rigid lens takes time to get used to. Your eye naturally feels “funny” when there is a foreign object on the cornea. With time, patients get used to the feeling – and most agree rigid lenses can be even more comfortable than soft lenses.
Q: Can children wear rigid lenses?
A: Children are great candidates for rigid lenses! We find they adjust very easily to the use and care of the lenses.
Q: How often should rigid lenses be checked and re-designed?
A: Every patient is different. Dr. Rozenberg will tailor a follow-up schedule that works best for you. Once you and he are satisfied with the results, comfort and progress, you can come back annually or bi-annually for a check up.
Q: How long has Ortho-K been used to reshape the cornea for temporary unaided clear vision?
A: Ortho-K was developed in the mid 1970s and approved by the FDA in 2002. While a small group of optometrists offer Ortho-K, few have the level of experience behind Dr. Rozenberg’s four decades of work with custom rigid lenses and Ortho-K.
Q: Who is the best candidate for Orthokeratology?
A: Ortho-K is a great choice for any patient who wants clear daily vision without glasses or contacts... and is prepared to wear rigid lenses during sleep. Children are especially easy to adapt to Ortho-K. Some studies suggest that the use of Ortho-K in childhood can slow down progression of myopia as they age.
Q: Are the effects of Orthokeratology permanent?
A: The vision correction provided by Ortho-K lasts 1-2 days – it is not permanent. You will see clearly each day after wearing your lenses while you sleep. Once you stop wearing Ortho-K lenses, your vision will return to normal.
Q: HOW MUCH DOES ORTHO-K COST?
Q: Should I sleep in contact lenses?
A: Ortho-K lenses are the only lenses that Dr. Rozenberg believes should be worn during sleep.
Q: Are rigid lenses more expensive than soft lenses?
A: Because Dr. Rozenberg custom designs a new liquid tear layer as he creates your custom rigid lenses, the procedure is more expensive than out-of-the-box soft or rigid lenses. Patients appreciate the clear vision, comfort and healthiness of custom rigid lenses. Contact Dr. Rozenberg for a consultation and price estimate.
Q: HOW LONG WILL MY RIGID LENSES LAST?
A: Rigid lenses should last an average of 3-3 ½ years, making them a cost efficient option in the long-term.
Q: What If I'm only interested in soft lenses?
A: Dr. Rozenberg brings the same level of professional skill in examining your eyes to determine the best soft lenses for optimum eye health and clear, comfortable vision.
Q: ARE SOFT LENSES BAD FOR MY EYES?
A: Because soft lenses conform to your cornea, they can’t allow a healthy exchange of tears with each blink as hard lenses do, sometimes leading to dry or sensitive eyes. As with any contact lenses, you need to be careful about the wear and care of your lenses. Because waste and protein deposits build up on soft lenses, Dr. Rozenberg recommends only daily disposable soft lenses.