Everyone who has tried it can vouch for the extreme inconvenience of wearing contact lenses or eyeglasses during day-to-day activities. Although long-time users do get used to the fact that their contact lenses/eyeglasses are already a given extension to their eyes, they somehow still wish for those days when they didn't have to wear them all the time. These longings usually happen during activities where the necessary extensions can actually cause a few problems. Athletics and being in extreme temperature conditions are just two scenarios where wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses is a serious inconvenience. If you find yourself in such situations more frequently than not, you are most likely going to start looking towards solutions that won't involve wearing of any corrective lenses.
The two options available these days are laser surgery and orthokeratology. Here are a few points to ponder to determine the better solution for you:
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This is the one concern that most people would look first because they take it to be the most important of all factors. Before the release of orthokeratology to the general public, laser eye surgery was the only corrective lens-free option people had. But, despite it being the only option, most people still did not choose to have it because of the exorbitant charges associated with it; they just couldn't afford it. (More info on laser eye surgery cost here.)
Now, these people have orthokeratology to turn to. The cost is definitely much lower than what you pay for laser surgery. Although it doesn't promote as permanent a solution as laser surgery, it still allows you that freedom of being able to see and do your work without requiring corrective lenses, even for just six-eight hours in a day.
2.Permanency of Results
As mentioned before, laser eye surgery promises a clearer vision for many years, whereas orthokeratology can only give you daily 6-8 hours of relief.
With laser surgery, you don't have to wear contact lenses or eyeglasses anymore. With orthokeratology, you still need to wear specialized rigid lenses at night while sleeping, as this is how your corneas get reshaped so that vision is improved.
Because laser surgery provides more or less permanent results, you are not required to see the eye specialist unless you have some symptoms, apart from the regular visits you need to do during the first six months. However, with orthokeratology, you would need to frequently visit the eye specialist. He or she makes sure you are actually wearing the best form of rigid contacts. You will be regularly checked up to see if your lenses need adjusting to get the best results.
Surgery is surgery, so there are more risks involved with this procedure than the orthokeratology's corneal surface-manipulation method. On the other hand, there is still that risk of infection in orthokeratology. On a daily basis, you will be required to learn the habit of properly washing your hands to ensure that you don't introduce any infection-causing organism into your eye as you wear the corrective lenses.