Meet Titus Wu, my friend and optometrist. He has been working tirelessly with me to correct my myopia and astigmatism for the past few months. When I first saw Titus somewhere in early July, he told me that my case was a very complicated one. I have suffered from myopia since I was 6 years old and I remember standing very close to my huge TV (exactly like the picture on the left below). I would stand and stare at the pixels radiating their pretty lights toward my eyes. I loved the feeling of the radiation to my eyes, but little did I know that it actually aggravated my myopia.
My myopia would increase consistently by 100 degrees year after year. I did not know about astigmatism till I was wearing super thick glasses. It was a pretty cool trend when I was younger and I got to choose a new design and the color of my spectacle frames. My first pair was a circular blue coloured one. I wore glasses from the age of 6 to 16 and after that, I started wearing contact lenses. My eyesight did not improve over the years and it even increased slightly in the last few years.
In July, my myopia stood at 700 degrees on the right and 650 degrees on the left. My astigmatism was 400 degrees on the left and 375 degrees on the right. When I was first introduced to Ortho-keratology therapy, I was skeptical. But I did not want to attempt LASIK surgery as it is non-reversible. Since I wanted a treatment that was non-invasive, Ortho-K was the best option.
Under Ortho-K, I wear a customised hard lens at night to sleep. It sounds insane as it feels, wearing a plastic lens at night. Will it break in my eye? Will it slide out of the cornea to the whitish part of my eye? Will I be able to remove them in the day? These were some of the questions off the top of my head. I had friends who were already on this treatment and they advised me to go for it. I wanted to ensure that this treatment would make my vision sharper than my current contact lenses that were inadequate in correcting my vision. The main goal of this treatment was to train without having any irritation to my eye (by sweat, dust or dirt).
During the first night of treatment, it was very hard to fall asleep as I could feel the plastic lenses in my eye. But to my amazement, when I woke, I could see clearly. It was not clear and as sharp as I expected, but I could see and recognize everything. It was a vast improvement, as without my lenses, I could not see anything beyond 10 cm. (Without my spectacles or contact lenses, you could say I’m as blind as a bat.)
The first day, my myopia dropped to almost 300 degrees. I did not expect my myopia to improve so drastically over a night’s rest; it’s impossible! It continued to improve the next night and my myopia was a steady zero degrees. My astigmatism was improving but not as significantly as I thought it would be. For the course of this treatment, I was told that I would need to change the mould a couple of times, to completely reshape the cornea as my cornea was severely distorted. I had my first pair of lens for about a month before I needed a new mould. According to Titus, it would take six to eight weeks to stabilize my eyes to the current mould before it could be changed to further reshape the cornea. My vision was occasionally blurry and deteriorated at night and this discouraged me, especially when wearing spectacles still did not allow me to see clearly. But with patience and determination, I pushed on with the treatment. After six weeks, my eyesight stabilized and I could see clearly the whole day! Yes, for more than 12 hours, my vision was sharp and clear! Now after 12 weeks, my astigmatism is down to zero. I have a 6/6 eyesight now. I am thankful for a patient, passionate and enthusiastic optometrist who worked very closely with me to bring my myopia and astigmatism down, no matter what it took. With my experience at Titus Eye Care, I personally recommend Titus if you would like to be fitted with the Ortho-K lenses. Here’s to being free of contact lenses and spectacles!