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Archive for January, 2007

Keratoconus options, rigid contact lenses or intacs surgery?

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Frequently patients with keratoconus are choosing between wearing contact lenses and having intacs surgery. Hard contact lenses can improve vision much better than glasses for patients with keratoconus but some studies show that long term contact lens wear causes a deterioration in the cornea for keratoconus patients. This results in worsening vision that eventually can no longer be treated with contact lenses and requires surgery. Too often patients postpone surgery leading to a drop in vision and a loss in end visual acuity.

We recommend that patients with keratoconus be treated with intacs surgery as soon as the best corrected vision with glasses becomes inadequate. We do not recommend waiting until contact lenses can no longer correct the loss of vision due to keratoconus. We are finding that patients who wait until contact lenses can no longer correct keratoconus end up with significantly worse results after intacs surgery than those who are treated earlier.

Oftentimes, contact lenses (specialty lenses for patients with keratoconus) are still necessary following intacs surgery. In fact, the majority of intacs surgery patients must still wear contacts to see clearly. The difference is that long term visual prognosis is generally better for someone whose cornea is strengthened through intacs surgery.

If you are interested in learning more about treatments for keratoconus contact one of our refractive coordinators. Turner Eye Institute is located in San Leandro (near Oakland), San Francisco, San Jose, and Concord (near Walnut Creek). We are happy to evaluate your options and offer the best possible treatments to you.

Keratoconus Advances in 2007

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Patients with keratoconus are constantly seeking the best treatment for their eyes. Many of those dealing with keratoconus feel that the treatment they have received thus far has been unsatisfactory. What can keratoconus patients expect for 2007?

FDA trials are already underway and past the early stages in a variety of vision related trials. Early results for C3-R treatment have been promising but this treatment has not yet been FDA approved. There are several surgeons who perform C3-R treatment off-label but thus far it is not yet endorsed by the US FDA. We will likely see further results at Ophthalmological Seminars regarding the efficacy of this treatment.

Contact lens treatments for keratoconus are also advancing and increased research in this area can be expected in 2007. Synergeyes offers a new hybrid lens for keratoconus patients and so far results with this treatment have been excellent. We can expect more keratoconus patients to be fit with the newer hybrid lenses (a blend of hard and soft lenses). As practitioners gain more skill in fitting these lenses, we can expect results to continue to improve.

The Help Keratoconus blog will continue to offer new information in 2007 and continue to provide new findings concerning keratoconus as well as offer new options in treatment. Continue to visit the blog on a monthly or biweekly basis as new blogs try to offer the newest insights into keratoconus.

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