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Is Keratoconus A Disability
Yes: Keratoconus is a condition in which the cornea, or front of the eye, is very steep. Patients with keratoconus are often very near-sighted and have astigmatism. Hard contact lenses can correct for this in most cases. For corneas that are too steep or irregular for contacts or those with scarring, corneal transplantation can be done.See 2 more doctor answers
Corneal specialist: This condition is best handled by ophthalmologists that are specialists in the cornea. There have been significant improvements in treatment and stabilization of the condition. These specialists are trained in these treatments. What should you do - make an appointment with one of them.See 1 more doctor answer
Blurry Vision: The weak corneal collagen allows the cornea to gradually take on an abnormal shape, which interferes with vision. At first this resembles ordinary astigmatism and glasses will help. As the condition progresses, the cornea becomes more irregular shape producing irregular astigmatism requiring a rgp contact lens for best vision or a corneal transplant. Crosslinking can stop progression in most cases.See 2 more doctor answers
Corneal Crosslinking: Corneal Crosslinking is a non-surgical procedure which can halt the progression of keratoconus, and should be considered for any patients with progressive keratoconus. RGP contact lenses, Intacs, scleral contact lenses and corneal transplantation are the modalities which can be used to rehabilitate vision. We perform epithelial-on crosslinking as a first step to stabilize the condition.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cornea: Synergeyes is a type of hybrid contact lens that can be used in keratoconus. It uses a rigid central portion affixed to a soft skirt. This maintains good vision and improves comfort. These lenses are more expensive to buy and to fit. If a good fit can be achieved, initial comfort may be better than with hard lenses, wearing time can sometimes suffer though.See 1 more doctor answer
Wish we knew: Keratoconus is a condition of the cornea (the window at the front of the eye) in which the protein molecules lose some of their adhesive strength and the cornea bulges out which in some cases impairs vision. We do not know the cause. It does spontaneously get a little better but more likely progresses. See your corneal specialist for the best management.See 1 more doctor answer
Implantation: These are boomerang shaped microplastic products that are inserted surgically in the cornea to reverse the curvature and restore some visin. See a corneal specialist.See 2 more doctor answers
Keratoconus: Keratoconus is thought to affect 1 in 1000 to 1 in 2000 patients. Thankfully, there is a simple treatment that can stop keratoconus from worsening - called corneal collagen cross linking. If you are concerned that you may have keratoconus, please see your doctor and get a corneal topography which will examine the shape of your cornea.
Keratoconus: Keratoconus is a condition where the cornea bulges forward, leading to distorted vision. While keratoconus can start in childhood, it can also develop later in life. Eye rubbing is a known risk factor. Corneal collagen crosslinking has emerged as the first line treatment for keratoconus - as it can stop progression of the disease and often improve vision and the shape of the cornea.See 4 more doctor answers
Keratoconus: Keratoconus affects your cornea, the clear dome-shaped window at the front of your eye. In keratoconus your cornea becomes weaker and thinner at its centre. This thinning causes it to bulge outwards in an irregular cone shape. This can make your vision blurry and distorted. N the early stages, glasses may help correct vision, but most people need contact lenses and sometimes surgery.See 1 more doctor answer
Likely from birth: The cause of keratoconus is not fully understood. We do know that there are both genetic and environmental factors. People with this condition have a defect in the structural proteins which give the cornea strength. Some research indicates that allergies and eye rubbing also play a role.See 2 more doctor answers
CXL for keratoconus: Crosslinking is a very effective treatment for keratoconus. Over the first 6 months, there is some improvement in vision and corneal shape. The improvements often continue over a few years - so the vision can improve beyond the 6 months results. I highly recommend epithelial- on (no epithelial-removal) crosslinking - as the visual recovery is much faster.See 1 more doctor answer
I have keratoconus and wearing rgp lenses in a piggy back. Does the power of the soft lens affect fit or improve vision?
Piggyback rgp kcn: The primary power is in the rgp (rigid gas permeable) that goes on top of the soft lens. The soft lens is mostly to improve comfort and fit of the overlying rgp.See 1 more doctor answer
I was diagnosed with forme fruste keratoconus. Is this progressively going to deteriorate. What are the causes of this condition?
Keratoconus: At age 25 it could, ; usually one eye more than the other. I recommend you follow up with an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon/md), preferably a cornea specialist who will be checking your vision, refraction, astigmatism ; serial topographies. If you develop frank keratoconus, you should strongly consider corneal collagen cross-linking, being done per fda protocols in the us at many universities.See 2 more doctor answers