Can a person who has keratoconus and corneal transplants qualify for lasik?

Maybe. If you have had corneal transplants for keratoconus in both eyes, you may be a candidate for laser surgery depending on your best corrected vision with glasses, your corneal thickness, your corneal surface shape and other issues. I generally use surface laser (phototherapeutic keratectom prk with Mitomycin c) for laser after corneal transplant. If you are interested, see your eye doctor.
No. The worry in a corneal transplant would be that the procedure might activate corneal graft rejection plus the technical aspects of prediction of the amount for the machine to remove with the laser have not been worked out for transplants. Keratoconus corneas are usually too thin for safe tissue treatment and should be managed in other ways.

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Has anyone done a corneal transplant for keratoconus?

Yes. Corneal transplants are frequently done for keratoconus, usually when vision can't be correctly adequately with rigid contact lenses. Read more...
Yes. Corneal transplants for keratoconus are very common. They are extremely successful for the condition. Depending on the severity of the keratoconus there may be alternative treatments. Read more...
Yes. Yes. It is one of the must successful reasons for a corneal transplant with 90-95% success at 5 years. Read more...
Transplants. Corneal transplants are performed for severe keratoconus where patients can not see even with a contact lens. It is a nice procedure, but has significant risks. We therefore do our best to avoid a corneal transplant for our patients. Read more...

I suffer from keratoconus? What is the success rate of corneal transplants? And what is the cost?

Pretty good. Hard to say, but people with keratoconus generally do very well after a transplant. I'd say a success rate in the 90s. Cost without insurance is pretty high. Between the surgeons fee, surgery center fee, and eye bank fee (for the tissue) it would probably run around $10, 000. Read more...
Newer treatments. The answer to your question only if you absolutely need a transplant is 95% and around $8500. But the real question is do you really need a corneal transplant. There are better treatments for keratoconus these days before resorting to a corneal transplant. one of many is intra-corneal rings specially the newer smaller and smaller diameter rings are better than corneal transplants. Read more...
Keratoconus. A procedure called cross linking is a minally invasive procedure which is ideal for treatment of keratoconus. Read more...

How reliable is a corneal transplant in correcting keratoconus? My doctor has told me that my keratoconus has gotten so bad that I need to have a corneal transplant. Surgery scares me because it is so invasive, and I worry that my body will reject the don

Corneal . Corneal transplantation is very sucsessful at restoring vision in keratoconus. In keratoconus there usually is not much vascularization (abnormal blood vessels) in the cornea. This results in a low risk of rejection reaction. Read more...
Corneal . Corneal collagen crosslinking is a treatment for keratoconus that can stop the progression of the disease, as well as improve the shape of the cornea and vision. Although it is not yet fda approved in the us - it is available as part of a clinical trial in more than 50 locations throughout the us - including a few sites in texas (where you are located per your profile). Most but not all keratoconus patients are eligible. Crosslinking is a safe treatment (a procedure rather than a surgery) that in most cases is performed just once. More information on crosslinking is available at the websites: http://www.Miamikeratoconus.Com http://www.Cxlusa.Com http://bmctoday.Net/advancedocularcare/pdfs/aoc0310_refsurgery_rubinfeld.Pdf http://www.Nkcf.Org/es/tratamiento/corneal-crosslinking/159-us-cxl-sites-2.Html please do not hesitate to contact me with any further questions william trattler, md miami, fl www.Centerforeyecare.Com. Read more...
Keratoconus. Corneal transplant success in keratoconus is better than 95% clear graft at 5 years. Risk of rejection is low and most episode can be treated. Read more...