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Parker Cornea and the ASCRS Meeting of 2017

Parker Cornea was well represented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) held May 5-9 in Los Angeles, CA.

The ASCRS meeting is the largest conference in the United States dedicated exclusively to the surgeon who specializes in anterior segment surgery. In other words, cornea, cataract and glaucoma surgery. Both doctors John and Jack Parker, as well as other members from the Parker Cornea team, attended the meeting to learn about new developments in their field. Besides innovative courses, ASCRS also gave the doctors the opportunity to view the all the new technology available for use in treatment of eye disease.

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I have keratoconus? What do I do now?

Chances are you went to see your ophthalmologist or optometrist because you were not seeing as well as you used to see out of your glasses or contacts. But instead of simply getting a new prescription, you were diagnosed with a progressive, sight threatening condition. You probably left the office with questions such as- “What is keratoconus and what are my options?”

Keratoconus is a condition that causes the clear, normally sphere-shaped, front part of the eye to bulge forward into a cone-like protrusion. The front part of the eye, the cornea, thins as it protrudes and causes vision to blur.

Fortunately there are several  options to help preserve and/or maintain your vision.

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Why Should I Have Cross-Linking Now?

I Can Still See Clearly with my Contact Lenses.

Keratoconus is a relatively common bilateral condition that is characterized by progressive corneal distortion. The disease causes the corneas to bulge into an irregular cone shape which permanently blurs vision. In early keratoconus, contact lenses or even glasses can effectively correct vision. Even hard contact lenses do not prevent keratoconus progression. In most cases, corneal cross-linking actually halts the progression of keratoconus.

Vision changes are often a specific, but not sensitive, indicator that keratoconus is progressing. Since only some corneal deformation can be corrected with hard contact lenses or even surgery, it is important to stop a cornea from deforming as soon as possible. A cornea that is too deformed is not able to see well even with a hard contact lens.

Parker Cornea is the first provider of FDA approved corneal cross-linking in the state of Alabama because we participated in Avedro’s FDA trials. We offer a full range of keratoconus interventions including Intacs and partial-thickness corneal transplants. We were the first surgeons in the United States to offer Bowman layer transplantation for keratoconus and we teach and speak internationally on the treatment of keratoconus.


Ophthalmic images are © 2009 American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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Dr. Jack Parker Discusses Bowman Layer Transplantation at EuCornea

At the EuCornea meeting in Barcelona, Spain, on Sept. 9, Jack Parker, MD, talked about Bowman’s layer transplantation, a minimally interventional procedure to arrest progression of the disease in patients with advanced keratoconus otherwise ineligible for other procedures. Watch a video of the presentation below and learn more about Bowman layer transplantation at Parker Cornea here.

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Ken Clifton’s Vision is Restored through DMEK and Corneal Transplant

Ken Clifton suffered from poor vision his entire life due to a birth defect in one eye, but when he was diagnosed with Fuchs’ Dystrophy in 2010, his vision turned from poor to painful – with blisters on the back of his eye and increasingly distorted vision. Dr. John Parker of Parker Cornea performed DMEK surgery, a corneal transplant, cataract transplant and lens implant, which restored Mr. Clifton’s vision to better than it had ever been in his entire life. Watch his story:

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Which is Better: DMEK or DSAEK?

When a patient is faced with impaired vision or eye pain due to Fuchs’ dystrophy, it can be difficult to know which procedure – DMEK or DSAEK – is the most appropriate to treat the disease. In some eye hospitals or ophthalmic centers, this is a controversial topic due to differences in surgeon experience. However, each procedure has its own advantages, that – when compared – can make the choice clear.

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