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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 2 more doctor answers
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
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