Professional sports people are widely held in high esteem; we are constantly amazed at the intensity of their training schedules, their almost freakish skills and the level of devotion they bestow to their sport. What a huge shame it would be, then, to have a sports person – whether professional or amateur’s – ability compromised by something like vision impairment.

Surprising as it might be, famous basketball players, athletes, swimmers – and sportspeople of every type – are human beings, just like you and me. This means that they are just as susceptible to eye conditions as we are. This includes conditions like astigmatism, myopia, hyperopia and presbyopia.

Unfortunately, for many sports, corrective glasses or contact lenses are not appropriate ( one obvious example is water sports like swimming and water polo). Moreover, many sports require total peripheral vision – like football and basketball – which glasses cannot provide.

Orthokeratology – often abbreviated to Ortho-K or otherwise known as Vision Shaping Treatment, Corneal Moulding, Overnight Vision Correction and Gentle Moulding – however, does. It also provides a great alternative to Lasik surgery for athletes not yet old enough for eye surgery.

As well as bestowing patients with peripheral vision, in many cases Ortho-K can restore central vision to a completely unobscured state.

Orthokeratology is an option for those with optical prescriptions between +2 and -6.

How does it work?

Ortho-K is a non-surgical procedure that gently reshapes your lenses… whilst you sleep! This is achieved through specialised contact lenses. Basically, all the work is done for you while you get some shut eye, and you get to wake up to crystal-clear, 20/20 vision! That’s right – there is no need to reach for your glasses or put your contact lenses in – you’ll be able experience natural vision due to the reshaping that has occurred during the night.

For more information on Orthokeratology head online to or call the Omni Eye Centre on (02) 9587 1333 to book an appointment today.