Orthokeratology (OrthoK) is the use of specially designed contact lenses that act as a vision retainer to gently and gradually reshape the front surface of the eye (the cornea) to eliminate or reduce nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism and in some cases presbyopia(the need for reading glasses).
It is an alternative to laser surgery and is a form of vision correction that is being utilized all around the world. The vision retainers are similar to contact lenses and are only worn at night while sleeping. They are then removed upon awakening to provide clear vision without using glasses or daytime contact lenses!
At Eye Desire, Dr. David Roth has named his Orthokeratology program "Gentle Molding Therapy" or GMT.
Dr. David Roth will measure your refractive error (prescription) as well as look at the health of your corneas (front service of the eye) to ensure your eyes are healthy enough for the procedure.
He will also measure the curvatures of your corneas using a corneal topograher. Topography is painless and produces a topographical map of your eye's front surface. Dr. David Roth will then use this information to design lenses specifically for your eyes using a computer program.
Fitting ortho-k lenses is a more time-consuming process and requires more expertise than fitting regular contact lenses. It requires many office visits and multiple sets of lenses in the beginning of your treatment.
The cost of GMT varies depending on the type of your refractive error and measurements of your eyes. Your fee level will be determined at your free consultation. The range for the Gentle Molding Therapy Program is between $1,900 and $4,000.
Do I have to pay this every year? No, after the program is completed you will continue to have annual eye examinations and maintenance checkups.
Is it covered by insurance? Normally, orthokeratology is not covered by vision care insurance plans because it is considered an elective/cosmetic procedure. If you have a flex spending account you are welcome to use it. Ask us about Care Credit or our repayment plans.
Initial GMT consultation, evaluation, and fitting
Lens design and 1 final pair of lenses
ALL lens changes and visits made by the doctor within the first 12 months
ALL topography testing
Lens handling instructions and initial cleaning and disinfecting solutions (3 month supply)
Initial recommended eye drops (Ortho K Thick drops/Numbing Eye Drops)
1 sink lens catcher
2 removal “plungers”
A comprehensive eye exam at 1 year (including retinal evaluation/dilation)
Want more information? Call our office to schedule your free consultation. 305-673-1211
Generally ortho-k is the most successful in people with low to moderate myopia (nearsightedness).
Children are especially great candidates because ortho-k lenses can prevent or halt the progression of myopia. (Dr. Roth prescribes for children as young as 7 years old!)
Athletes and active sports enthusiasts
People who work in environments where glasses or contact lenses are not ideal.
People who are not candidates or are too young for LASIK.
Anyone who wants to be liberated from using glasses or contact lenses during the day should schedule their free consultation with Dr. David Roth.
Orthokeratology is a very specialized treatment and type of contact lens technology. Not all eye doctors (optometrists or ophthalmologists) perform orthokeratology. Dr. David Roth is one of the only certified orthokeratologists in Miami and has performed this technique for over 15 years. In addition, Dr. Roth’s office has the necessary diagnostic equipment and computer software to successfully perform GMT. GMT is very safe for both children and adults and we only utilize FDA approved materials.