Dr. Jackie Campisi      (860)  908-7432

 

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FAQ


Orthokeratolgoy Program

  1. What Does Orthokeratology Cost?

    The entire program is packaged into a ONE TIME fee of $2200.00 or approx $97/mo financed. A patient must first have a comprehensive eye examination.

    The program includes initial design & fitting of the OrthoK retainers, dispensing, a contact lens lesson with contact lens supplies, and one pair of OrthoK retainer lenses.

    All follow up visits for the first year are included as well as special pricing for back-up or replacement retainer lenses purchased in the first 3 months.

    Follow up visits include vision analysis, corneal health exam and topography (which shows the corneal changes made by the lens).

    There are usually 4 follow up appointments required after initial dispense.

    Lost Retainers may be purchased at a discounted cost of $500/pr withing the first 3 months and $600/pr thereafter.

  2. What forms of Payment/Financing do you accept?

    Care Credit or www.carecredit.com is a FREE program that permits patients to finance medical expenses. I accept this form of payment and offer a 6 month interest free program or a 24 month extended pay program. The later offers the best pricing at $97/mo for 2 yrs.

    Other forms of payment are MasterCard/Visa, personal check and cash.

    There is a 5% promp pay discount for clients paying with cash/check

    Scholarships are offered once per quarter to qualifying clients.

  3. How does the cost compare to LASIK or custom contact/glasses wear?

    Generally, OrthoK is half the cost of LASIk depending on your location.

    Conventional yearly soft contacts vary in price but generally disposable daily lenses cost an average of $600/yr (including fitting costs, lessons and follow ups)

    Spectacle costs vary as well. Clients who experience changes in their spectacles yearly (those under age 25), generally spend upwards of $300/yr.

    Orthok is paid for ONLY ONE TIME therefore the cost is LESS than traditional contacts and glasses because the cornea retains its shape.

    New prescription eyewear is not needed when OrthoK retainers are used. Replacement retainer lenses are approximately equal to the cost of regular contacts and only require re-purchases every 2-3 yrs pending the patients nightly wear schedule.

     

  4. What are the Criteria for Fitting and Which Candidates Benefit Most?

    First, the client must have less than -5.00 Diopters of myopia or nearsightedness (they may have mild amounts of astigmatism as well).

    Children are the best candidates because they are at higher risk for myopia advancement. Generally, patients under age 18 benefit the most for two main reasons. First, their prescriptions remain stable through their growing years and second, the cost to purchase glasses/contacts over the next 10 years far exceeds the cost of the OrthoK program. Younger patients adapt well.  Ages 7 thru 70 are welcome.

    Parents may assist in cleaning and inserting/removing retainers for small children. Adult patients may need to wear reading glasses in some instances.

    Dry Eye patients may have difficulty with customary contacts. OrthoK can be a viable option based on the serverity of their condition.

    Seasonal allergy sufferes do not have to contend with traditional contact lens intolerance.

    Althletes , water sports enthusiests, skiers, photographers, and those who work outdoors or with chemicals / smokey environments enjoy the freedom of not having to wear customary eyewear during the day.

  5. How Long Does OrthoK Last?

    The molding effect lasts throughout the day as long as adequate wear occurs during sleep- generally 6-8hrs of eyes closed rest.

    Some clients require nightly use of the lenses while others may skip to an every-other night wear schedule.

    The effect lasts for as long as the patient wears the lenses nightly. Prolonged disruption of this schedule may lead to myopia advancement or the need for a re-fitting session.

    The lenses are gas permeable and are approved for night time use. They last between 1-3 years pending wearing schedules and debris build up on the lenses. For optimum health, it is suggested that a back-up pair is purchased and the lenses are replaced yearly.

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