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Doctor insights on: Treatments For Keratoconus

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Are there any treatments for keratoconus?

Are there any 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 more

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Keratoconus (Definition)

A condition where the cornea bulges forward, ...Read more


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Are there any new treatments for keratoconus?

Are there any new treatments for keratoconus?

Yes: Vitamin b2/riboflavin eye drops along with ultraviolet light has been successfully used in clinical trials to strengthen the cornea and reduce the need for corneal transplants. See http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=skh9mejytra. ...Read more

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Are keratoconus treatments not hard contacts?

Are keratoconus treatments not hard contacts?

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 more

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Do keratoconus treatments that are not hard contacts exist?

Do keratoconus treatments that are not hard contacts exist?

Yes: Hard contacts are a way to compensate for the visual distortion caused by the keratoconus. A corneal specialist can suggest other means of managing and improving the vision in this condtiion. ...Read more

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Tips about corneal transplant as treatment for keratoconus?

Keratoconus: Corneal transplant is a highly successful surgery in keratoconus patients in which all other treatment options have been exhausted. ...Read more

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Can you give me some suggestions for corneal transplant as treatment for keratoconus?

Can you give me some suggestions for corneal transplant as treatment for keratoconus?

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

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What advancements are there on keratoconus treatment other than transplants and contacts? Does riboflavin+laser work?

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 more

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Is it necessary for a patient of keretoconus, who has taken the c3r treatment to wear hard lenses?

Is it necessary for a patient of keretoconus, who has taken the c3r treatment to wear hard lenses?

It depends: Depending on the curvature of your cornea after the c3r treatment, you may still need contact lenses to correct your vision. Collagen crosslinking can stabilize the cornea, but does not necessarily correct your vision to be perfect without glasses or contacts. ...Read more

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What to do if I have keratoconus ?

What to do if I have keratoconus ?

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 more

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How is keratoconus typically treated?

How is keratoconus typically treated?

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 more

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What makes treating keratoconus difficult?

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 more

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What is the probability of developing keratoconus?

What is the probability of developing keratoconus?

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

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Could lasik lead to keratoconus?

Could lasik lead to keratoconus?

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 more

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Corneal collagen cross-linking for keratoconus, what to do?

Corneal collagen cross-linking for keratoconus, what to do?

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

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I have moderate to advanced keratoconus. Is it safe for me to swim with goggles?

I have moderate to advanced keratoconus. Is it safe for me to swim with goggles?

Yes: Yes. Prescription swimming goggles are also available. Don't swim with contact lenses, unless you use goggles with them, as their is a risk of contamination of the lenses with microorganisms that may be present in pool water. ...Read more

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I have keratoconus and terrified of putting contact lenses in. Do I have any other options?

I have keratoconus and terrified of putting contact lenses in. Do I have any other options?

Yes: A surgical procedure called intacs may be an option. The right contact lens though may be the best option. A cornea specialist can review intacs with you and see if you're a candidate. ...Read more

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I got keratoconus so gonna do transplant next month is it serious one more thing is it painfull anybody else had done this before ?

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

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What is keratoconus?? i have it in my eyes.

What is keratoconus??  i have it in my eyes.

Keratoconus: Keratoconus is an eye condition affecting the cornea (the front surface) of the eye. It results in an irregular cornea causing distorted (blurred) vision. http://www.kcnz.co.nz/what-is-keratoconus.html ...Read more

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What is keratoconus?

What is  keratoconus?

Keratoconus : Keratoconus is a disease of the cornea of the eye where the cornea thins and bulges outward, causing blurred vision. Crosslinking can stop the progression of the disease. ...Read more

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