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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. Bernard Seif
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Keratoconus (Definition)

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 ...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?

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 ?

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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