Affordable LASIK Alternative Ortho-K Now Available at Dr. Howard Budner & Associates

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dr. Howard Budner & Associates offers Ortho-K, an affordable, non-surgical alternative to LASIK surgery. Ortho-K, which stands for Orthokeratology, uses specially designed gas permeable contact lenses to correct myopia. Patients wear the lenses while sleeping at night. The lenses gently reshape the cornea for clearer vision the following day. Vision improvement lasts for one to two days; for best results, lenses should be worn nightly. Ortho-K lenses are primarily used to correct refractive errors for nearsightedness and astigmatism. Ortho-K is also an effective treatment option for slowing the progression of childhood myopia.

Fairfax, VA and Rockville, MD patients searching for an affordable alternative to LASIK may benefit from Ortho-K, a non-surgical, reversible treatment offered through Dr. Howard Budner & Associates. “Ortho-K is most frequently used to temporarily correct myopia, although this non-surgical treatment can also correct lesser degrees of astigmatism," said optometrist Dr. Howard Budner. “The type and amount of correction depends on the patient’s vision needs and is handled on a case-by-case basis.”

Ortho-K is a non-surgical alternative to LASIK that uses specially fitted lenses to reshape a patient’s cornea at night. Patients wear the lenses while sleeping and remove them during the day to enjoy clear vision. The lenses reshape the eye’s surface, correcting refractive errors. These changes last one to two days, says Dr. Budner, who recommends patients wear the lenses each night for maximum vision correction benefit. “Many of our patients who use Ortho-K do so because they do not feel comfortable receiving LASIK surgery but also do not want to wear glasses or contact lenses during the day,” said Dr. Budner. “Ortho-K is also a great vision correction option for individuals who play sports or have jobs that make glasses or contacts uncomfortable or difficult to wear and for children.”

Most patients achieve 20/20 vision after Ortho-K, although the legal minimum for driving (20/40) is also an acceptable outcome. An FDA study of Paragon corneal refractive therapy (CRT) lenses, a proprietary lens correction method similar to Ortho-K, found that 93 percent of patients achieved 20/32 vision or better, and 67 percent achieved 20/20 or better over a nine month period.

In addition to providing temporary vision correction, Ortho-K may also help to slow the progression of myopia in children. A 2013 study published in Eye & Contact Lens found that children wearing Ortho-K contacts showed significantly more stable myopia when compared with those who did not and 64% of cases stabilized.

Dr. Howard Budner & Associates serve patients in Rockville, Fairfax, Potomac, Mclean, Vienna, Reston, Olney and Bethesda. The eye care centers offer more than 1,000 frames in stock and full range of optometry services, including eye disease diagnosis and treatment. For more information on Ortho-K or eye care, call 703-691-8008 or visit

Dr. Howard Budner & Associates, 703-691-8008 and 301-871-0180

Source: Dr.Howard Budner& Associates Optometrists