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keratoconus

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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corneal cross-linking, keratoconus, treating keratoconus with corneal cross-linking

Corneal cross-linking: What is it?

Corneal cross-linking is a reliable means of permanently stopping the progression of keratoconus. Keratoconus, a relatively common condition affecting 1/2000 people, typically begins shortly after puberty. By causing corneal thinning and bulging, keratoconus can lead to blindness even in young people. Keratoconus is not reversible and until recently the only treatment has been hard contact lenses–a treatment that improves vision, often with significant discomfort, but does nothing to slow the progression of the disease.

If you have been recently diagnosed with either keratoconus or post-LASIK ectasia it is important that you: 1) Never rub your eyes, and 2) Stop the worsening of your corneal warpage as soon as possible with corneal cross-linking.

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DMEK vs. DSAEK

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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