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About Consultations & Keratoconus

Routine eye exams ensure that a local eye doctor can check the health of your eyes for signs of ocular disease and ensure your vision stays sharp and clear. However, patients with keratoconus often face fluctuations in their prescription and end up passing through various phases. Therefore, a consultation at Turner Eye in San Landro, CA can identify the patient’s level of keratoconus and recommended steps for treatment.

Early Keratoconus

Patients with an early stage of keratoconus may start off wearing eyeglasses or soft contact lenses to correct their vision. As symptoms of light sensitivity and visual distortion start to occur, they are soon directed to wearing hard gas permeable contact lenses to control their vision.

Mild to Moderate Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a progressive disease that, when left unmanaged, can continue to change overtime demanding further intervention. Dr. Patel of Help Keratoconus utilizes intacs to safely reduce the constant changes in the cornea. Intacs helps stabilize the condition by attempting to restore the shape of the cornea to normal. Although intacs are not a permanent solution for some patients, the surgery is safe and effective for patients with early to moderate cases of keratoconus.

Moderate to Severe Keratoconus

In the event a patient reaches a moderate or severe case of keratoconus, where symptoms are causing their vision to blur, feel dizzy, or simply have an inability to perform day to day tasks, corneal cross-linking can be performed to surgically stabilize the cornea and help restore its shape. Not only has corneal cross-linking successfully helped numerous keratoconus patients achieve normal vision, but often keratoconus stops progressing due to the creation of strong bonds.

Of course, one of the most important decisions, when a surgery is recommended, depends on the rate of keratoconus progression and diagnosis by an expert surgeon like Dr. Turner or Dr. Patel. A consultation will ensure your vision is well taken care of so that you can return to living your life with healthy eyesight.

Intacs correct your nearsightedness…and keratoconus!

Ever wanted an easy way to get clear vision & reduce your keratoconus symptoms?

With nearly 20 years behind their design & development, Intacs are currently one of the leading corneal implants to correct nearsightedness and FDA approved to treat keratoconus patients.

That’s basically solving your need for glasses or contacts if your vision is just slightly myopic or nearsighted. Even if you have worse vision, the main benefit is to slow down the progression of your keratoconus.

Although the corneal crosslinking (CXL) procedure has become the newest form of treatment, intacs effectively eliminates irregularities caused by keratoconus in about 10 minutes.

We’ve included a little video highlighting intacs, too.

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Can losing a contact lens be traumatic?

Can losing a contact lens be traumatic?

For keratoconus patients, losing a scleral lens can be.

Lost scleral lens keratoconusImagine scanning the floors for a contact lens worth hundreds of dollars? In rare cases, even thousands! That little piece of plastic means a whole lot more than the average contact lens wear.

Scleral lenses are one of the most advanced custom contact lenses available, allowing keratoconus patients to see clearly with unbelievable comfort. However, when that contact lens falls or gets lost, scrambling on the floor blindly feeling for that lens is the difference from being able to see to spending countless hours back at the eye doctor’s office and reordering another pair of scleral lenses. In some circumstances, a person won’t get a replacement unless they wait a few weeks.

At Turner Eye Institute, we’ve guided keratoconus patients to achieve their ideal vision through the latest procedures, including scleral lenses, intacs, and corneal crosslinking.

World Keratoconus Day — November 10th, 2018

Understanding how one person’s case of Keratoconus started and developed can help other people with Keratoconus find comfort and acceptance for their own condition. Keratoconus is a tough disease. Not only that it doesn’t play fair, but many people live months or years without realizing what’s happening to their vision.

Fortunately, Keratoconus isn’t a hopeless situation. Intacs and Crosslinking are able to stabilize the cornea and ensure healthier vision for longer, and, in many cases, permanently.

If you’re willing to share your own Keratoconus story, World Keratoconus Day is coming up. is asking for people to place online submissions about their vision so that anyone who stumbles across their website can learn about Keratoconus and the effects it has on people each and every day.