Keratoconus patients are often difficult fits for contact lenses. The steepness of the cornea and the need to avoid contact with the apex of the cone requires that a specialized fitting or procedure be provided that not only allows for good vision but also prevents future deterioration of the cornea.
Keratoconus is a progressive thinning of the cornea. Hard contact lenses can hasten the corneal degredation if they rub against the steepest portion of the cornea. Many keratoconus patients have in the past experienced faster progression of keratoconus due to poor fitting contact lenses.
Dr. Turner has has significant experience in treating keratoconus with surgical methods, such as intacs and corneal transplants. He suggests that most keratoconus patients should be treated with intacs before the condition progresses significantly. Intacs treatments are more effective when used earlier. Once the keratoconus has cause a significant degree of vision loss and steepening of the cornea, intacs provide lesser results than if treated early.
Following intacs treatment, keratoconus patients will generally require continued contact lens care. The new hybrid lens, Synergeyes, has been very effective in fitting patients comfortably while providing much improved vision. Often a keratoconus patient’s best corrected acuity can be improved several lines with a good hybrid lens fitting.
Keratoconus patients are receiving much better care with these new technological advances. Intacs stabilizes the cornea and slows or stops keratoconus progression. Synergeyes allows for the comfort of a soft contact and the improved vision of a hard contact lens.