WHAT IS KERATOCONUS?
Keratoconus is a type of corneal dystrophy that causes the cornea (the clear window that covers the colored part of the eye) to thin, leading to a protrusion or "cone" forming in the cornea. Patients with Keratoconus almost always require special contact lenses to allow them to see normally. Because the keratoconic cornea is very irregular, vision is extremely blurry. Contact lenses for Keratoconus provide a smooth round surface for the light to pass through which clears vision significantly.
ARE THERE ANY NEW TREATMENTS FOR KERATOCONUS?
Dr. Leslie DeMers fits various types of contact lenses for patients with Keratoconus. For patients who have struggled with their hard contacts for Keratoconus, she can fit a special hybrid contact lens. This lens has a hard center to provide clear vision, but also has a soft skirt which is the portion of the lens that sits comfortably on the front of the eye. If you have struggled with your lenses frequently popping off, feeling uncomfortable, or providing less than ideal vision for your Keratoconus or other corneal irregularity, see Dr. Leslie for a hybrid lens fitting. You'll be glad you did!
You may have heard about an experimental treatment called "collagen cross-linking". This treatment is currently being studied as a possible way to slow down, stop, or maybe even partially reverse the steepening of the cornea associated with Keratoconus. The procedure bathes the cornea with riboflavin (Vitamin B2), and then exposes the eye to intense UVA light. While several studies have shown some positive outcomes, long term side effects are not yet known. The procedure is still considered experimental. Collagen cross linking will not be recommended by Dr. Leslie until studies are able to prove long term safety and efficacy of the procedure.
For more information about keratoconus please visit:
www.treatkeratoconus.com or www.nkcf.org
If you would like more information on hybrid contact lenses for Keratoconus, or other corneal irregularities, please call us at 775-358-1317. You can also take a look at www.synergeyes.com