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Treatments For Keratoconus
Crosslinking: Yes: corneal crosslinking is the only procedure clinically shown to stop the progression of keratoconus in most cases and is the standard of care for keratoconus around the world. Crosslinking is not yet approved in the us, however, so it is only available through clinical trials. I am the ny site for the cxlusa clinical trial (www.Cxlusa.Com) which involves 15 centers across the us. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Few : Hard contact lenses are the standard of care. A procedure called intacs ( intracorneal ring segments ) which is reversible and works well. An experimental procedure called collagen cross linking has shown promise too. I suggest going to a corneal specialist to see which one is best for you. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good prognosis: Keratoconus is a progressive corneal disorder in which it becomes more irregular in shape over time, blurring vision. Often glasses or contacts can achieve good vision early on, but sometimes a cornea transplant is needed. The prognosis is very good for cornea transplant in keratoconus. The recovery can take around 6 months or more to achieve your best vision. There is usually little pain. ...Read more
What advancements are there on keratoconus treatment other than transplants and contacts? Does riboflavin+laser work?
Yes: you are referring to collagen cross-linking which is designed to increase the strength of your cornea. It has been shown to be effective in helping to stabilize your cornea and prevent progression of keratoconus. It is worth going to see a corneal specialist for a consult. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it necessary for a patient of keretoconus, who has taken the c3r treatment to wear hard lenses?
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Keratoconus: Keratoconus is actually easy to treat. Once someone is diagnosed - they should have corneal collagen crosslinking to stop progression of their disease. Other treatments can be performed months to years after crosslinking to further improve their vision ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
Technically, no.: But doing lasik on a patient with keratoconus could be disastrous. Additionally, ablating too much corneal tissue during the lasik procedure could result in a corneal ectasia. This type of thinning can lead to abnormal corneal curvature, distortion of vision and a condition resembling, in some ways, keratoconus. Best to discuss with your lasik doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Crosslinking: Corneal collagen crosslinking for keratoconus is an effective treatment, as it stops the progression of keratoconus, and in most patients, will result in improvement in corneal shape and improvement in vision. Crosslinking is available throughout the world, and in the us, at more than 100 sites. Cxlusa.Com provides a directory of us locations. ...Read more
I got keratoconus so gonna do transplant next month is it serious one more thing is it painfull anybody else had done this before ?
Keratoconus: Most people with keratoconus do not need a corneal transplant as the keratoconus can be managed with rigid contact lenses. Severe keratoconus does require a corneal transplant. This is a very serious thing to have done, but most are successful. Make sure you understand the amount of effort it will take to get a successful result. ...Read more