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Improvements for Keratoconus Treatments & What You Should Know

The disease Keratoconus is a progressive condition that causes the patients quality of vision to decrease gradually over time. In the past there was only one main treatment for Keratoconus other than eye glasses or contact lenses, which was corneal transplants. Over the past decade or longer, technology has improved the treatments for Keratoconus including treatments like INTACS®, Holcomb C3-R®, and even CK.

These treatments alone or combined can improve the patients overall vision, and in almost all cases they have been known to stop the progression of Keratoconus.

Holcomb C3-R® Crosslinking System:

The Holcomb C3-R® is a treatment which is making incredible progress in the treatments for patients with Keratoconus. Keratoconus is a progressive condition that damages the cornea or the lens of the eye causing it to go from a dome shape to cone shape distorting the vision. The Holcomb C3-R® strengthens the corneal fibers allowing the cornea to return to its original shape over time and stopping the progression of the disease.

INTACS® are also a great treatment to help those with Keratoconus. There are many that also have the ability to combine both the Holcomb C3-R® with INTACS® to provide them with a better quality of vision and in some cases remove the need for glasses or contacts. INTACS® are tiny inserts that are placed within the cornea to help shape and provide support to your vision.

INTACS® Benefits:

Less-invasive procedure
Takes less than an hour
An outpatient procedure
Can be used in combination with other procedures
Less maintenance, can be easily removed if necessary

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, MD is a renowned eye surgeon specializing in Keratoconus treatments, and other procedures.

Here numerous stories of patients whose lives were changed by having their Keratoconus fixed by Dr. Brian: http://tiny.cc/m7h0ix

Dealing with Keratoconus & Treatment Options

A diagnosis of Keratoconus can be frightening. If you have family history of Keratoconus you may have already experienced seeing someone with the disease. However today technology has allowed for several new treatments that can slow the progression of Keratoconus or even in some cases stop the it’s progression.

In the past most treatments for Keratoconus ended up with a Corneal Transplant. But within the last decade many other treatments have allowed for faster recovery times, non-invasive procedures, and even improvements over time. Now with the design of hybrid contact lenses, scleral contacts, and even the Holcomb C3-R ® patients have non-invasive options for improving their vision.

Today’s Treatment Options

The use of eye glasses: The use of eye glasses has been a treatment option for those with Keratoconus and many other condition for years. This treatment is generally used in the very early stages of Keratoconus. When patients are treated during early diagnosis with Holcomb C3-R® they have a higher probability to be able to use glasses long term. Holcomb C3-R® stabilizes the progression of Keratoconus and helps preserve a patient’s current vision.

Contact Lenses:

Another traditional treatment for more advanced Keratoconus are RGP (Rigid Gas Permeable lenses) or Scleral Contact Lens. One type of RGP lens is the Rose-K lens, which can offer crisp and sharp vision for those with Keratoconus. There are some brands of soft contact lenses that are designed for patients with Keratoconus, these include KeraSoft Lenses and NovaKone Lenses. In addition to the soft contact lens there is a combination lens or Hybrid lenses like ClearKone ®, which have a hard center and a soft skirt. Discuss with your Keratoconus contact lens fitter the best option to improve the clarity of your vision and improve your day-to-day visual experience.

The Holcomb C3-R ® or Corneal Cross-linking With Riboflavin: This revolutionary treatment developed in 2003 by Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler is used to preserve the vision of those suffering with Keratoconus by using a more natural approach. A Vitamin rich solution is administered to the eyes and then activated with a special UV light. This procedure helps to strengthen the cornea and stop the progression vision loss from Keratoconus. This procedure helps to preserve a patient’s current vision. When combined with other procedures, such as INTACS, overall vision can be improved.

Ian discusses how revolutionary Keratoconus treatments have improved his life and vision, watch his story here: http://youtu.be/Tr2DeAQA-DI

To learn more about new treatments for Keratoconus you can visit www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/keratoconus.htm

Managing Your Keratoconus With Hybrid or RGP Contact Lenses

If you are suffering from Keratoconus than you know all too well how RGP contact lenses can be uncomfortable for everyday use. However there are some new improved contact lenses that have the strength and quality of RGP lenses and the softness of the normal contact lens. Since many are being diagnosed with Keratoconus earlier in their life contact lenses are a stable treatment option to keep through many stages of your Keratoconus.

Since Keratoconus is a progressive condition it is smart to choose a treatment option that can stretch over several stages of the condition. Additional treatment options include surgery for those who have a more advanced case of Keratoconus.

Below are some of the Benefits of Using Contact Lenses for the Treatment of Keratoconus:

Upgrade: High Definition- Think of the RGP lenses as an upgrade to your vision. The RGP lenses will allow you to view your surroundings in high definition and are easily maintained. If you are looking for a reliable and stable way to manage your visual experience the use of RGP lenses for your Keratoconus treatment is a great one.

Multiple stage use: The SynergEye ® Hybrid and Rose K Contact Lenses can be used to treat Keratoconus in many stages of the condition. This can provide some stability in the life of the patient, and offer great treatment with little changes to the eye. For those who want less doctor visits and less treatments for their Keratoconus this maybe a great choice for you.

Remember these are only a few of your options. There are many ways you can get educated about your treatments, and condition. Asking your eye care professional will help you get off to a great start. It is important that you not only know what to expect with Keratoconus, but also how it’s treated and how the treatments will effect you.

To Learn more about Keratoconus treatment options visit: www.contactlenes.org/

Top 3 Questions When Deciding on The Holcomb C3-R ®

For Keratoconus Treatment

When it comes to treatments for Keratoconus there are several things you should consider. Many of us are worried about the more invasive treatments but the Holcomb C3-R ® is non-invasive and has been shown to be effective since 2003. The Holcomb C3-R ® is one of the most effective treatments available for Keratoconus today. This treatment helps to stabilize and in many cases halt the progression of Keratoconus.

The treatment uses natural vitamin called Riboflavin to stimulate the fibers within your cornea to build new crosslinks. These crosslinks strengthens the cornea and improves the persons overall vision over time. Below are three questions you should ask when seeing a doctor regarding this type of treatment.

Am I a viable candidate for this treatment?

Some patients with Keratoconus may have a more advanced case and this may not completely repair the damage to the cornea. In these cases there may need to be additional treatments or a different treatment may need to be explored.

Can I have the Holcomb C3-R ® in Combination with other Treatments?

This treatment is often used in combination with other Keratoconus treatments. The effectiveness, and improvement of the visual quality can be based on a number of combination and conditions. If you need to know if you will benefit more from combining this treatment with other treatments don’t hesitate to ask questions. Other treatments that can be combined with the Holcomb C3-R ® are INTACS, PRK, and the Visian ICL.

What can I expect after the Treatment and How long Before I get Results?

The Holcomb C3-R ® is a non-invasive procedure and does not require any incisions so the procedure is quite comfortable. The procedure simply requires the applying of drops (of Riboflavin) and about 30 minutes under a UV light to activate the drops.

The treatment continues to work over time and it often takes 4-16 weeks for you to get the complete effect. Your cornea will continue to strengthen over this period.

If you have questions on the Holcomb C3-R ® and other treatments for Keratoconus don’t hesitate to contact your eye care professional. No questions is too “silly”, nor should it be “Embarrassing” after all it is your quality of vision you are talking about. Make the most of it!

Hear from patients just like you who underwent these procedures: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSX2cKGbtvMzDbNrXs0xBYgSJ1HSyZV6d

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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Why SynergEyes Contact Lenses Are a Comfort for Your Eyes

If you have already been diagnosed with Keratoconus and had to have RGP’s or Rigid Gas Permeable contact lenses you know how uncomfortable they can be. There are a few changes you can get that will help ease that comfort on a day to day basis. These new contact lenses can provide you with less discomfort and make them easier to wear each day.

SynergEyes Hybrid Contact lenses offer more comfort because they are a combination between RGP’s and soft contact lenses. The edges have a softer contact feel, and the benefit of HD clarity in the lens itself. This will give you comfort without losing the overall improved quality of vision.

Below are some benefits of the SynergEyes Contact Lenses:

Hybrid Contact Lenses:

  • Comfort of Soft Lenses
  • Reduced Light Sensitivity
  • Improved Vision
  • Added daily comfort
  • Design Options
  • Helps at all Stages

SynergEyes Hybrid Contact Lens provides a design for any stage of Keratoconus. The SynergEyes Hybrid Contact lens also help reduce your light sensitivity giving you and advantage in your Keratoconus treatment.

Whether you are in the beginning stages, or the advanced stage the hybrid lens can help you. The SynergEyes Hybrid Contact Lenses are FDA approved, comfortable, and convenient for those who are in need of improved vision correction.

Learn More About Keratoconus treatments and Hybrid Contact Lenses: http://www.synergeyes.com/yourvision/keratoconus.html

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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Keratoconus: A Progressive Non-Inflammatory Disorder

There are many conditions that can affect the eye. Many people are afflicted with near-sightedness or far-sightedness. Still others might receive a diagnosis of astigmatism. These are all common conditions that can be treated with a soft contact lens or glasses. There are other conditions, however, that can cause further complications for the eye.

Keratoconus is one such condition. This is a degenerative disorder that causes the cornea to thin, which results in the cornea bulging into a cone shape. Keratoconus can affect the eye, making it more sensitive to light while also distorting a person’s vision and visual acuity. The vision problems associated with this disorder can be corrected initially with glasses or soft contact lenses; however as this degenerative condition advances, other treatment options are required.

An ophthalmologist can diagnose a person with keratoconus. The eye doctor will run different tests in order to find a problem and diagnosis it. It is important that the patient mention any changes in vision, especially if the symptoms are similar to the symptoms associated with keratoconus.

Once an ophthalmologist has diagnosed a patient with keratoconus, different treatment options will be considered. Depending on the progression of the condition, an ophthalmologist might recommend a lens such as contacts or intacs. If the condition has progressed far enough, a corneal transplant might be needed. Another treatment option is a method called collagen cross-linking. An ophthalmologist that specializes in keratoconus will best be able to choose the most effective treatment for the patient.

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New Treatments Available for Your Keratoconus

For those who are new diagnosed there are several new treatments available for Keratoconus. In the past there were few treatments and as your condition progressed the main treatment was having a corneal transplant. This procedure had a harder recovery and longer pain time. Now there are several additional Keratoconus treatments that offer less pain and a much lower recovery time.

Holcomb C3-R ®

This treatment was developed within the 1990’s and perfected in 2003 by Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler it has provided great improvements in the way Keratoconus is treated. For those with Keratoconus the Holcomb C3-R ® provides you with a simple no pain procedure that takes around 30 minutes to perform. This procedure stabilizes the condition and preserves vision.

Procedure-

There is a special vitamin called Riboflavin that is used in each eye being treated. This vitamin helps strengthen the cornea fibers over time. The drops are placed in the eye and a UV light is used to activate the drops. Then the patient is placed under the lights for about 30 minutes. This signals the vitamins to help the cornea fibers strengthen.

After procedure-

There is little feeling and the stabilization of vision is seen within weeks to months of the procedure. Over time the vitamin strengthen the corneal fibers allowing the patients vision to remain stable. As the fibers are strengthened the form of the cornea is sometimes restored to a flatter shape.

This procedure can also be combined with other eye procedures to improve the overall vision of the patient.

Benefits-

Natural way to improve vision

Generally only on procedure is needed

Stabilizes vision over time

No pain

Shorter Recovery Time

Can be done in combination with other treatments

Hybrid Contact Lenses:

The hybrid contact lenses are a combination between RGP (or Rigid Gas Permable) lenses and Soft contact lenses. Often Keratoconus patients need RGP lenses (rigid gas perm/hard contacts) to help provide the sharpest and clearest vision. RGP lenses are seen by many patients harsher than normal soft contact lenses and RGP contacts are often uncomfortable for patients with Keratoconus. New technologies have allowed us to create new lenses that have the comfort of soft lenses around the edges and still have the benefit of RGP lenses.

Clear Kone lenses allow you to reduce the amount of dirt that gets under the lenses. And have a more specific contact for those who have Keratoconus. They allow you to wear them longer and keep the comfort of normal lenses.. In addition these lenses can be used for a longer time and many stages of Keratoconus.

Benefits?

Last through more stages

More comfort

Can be worn all day

Reduce debris that get under lenses

Have all advantages of RGP’s and comfort of soft lenses

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Are You Ready for Treatments For Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a progressive disease that causes your vision to become distorted. Your cornea develops a cone shape causing the outer lens (cornea) of your eye to show you an unclear image. There are treatments now available for Keratoconus that will give you a more improved view of the images in front of you. Normally it would take several years for this condition to progress, however if you have high risk factor,(ie. history of rubbing eyes) our have a medical condition, such as Diabetes it can accelerated the process.

In the past there was only one main treatment for Keratoconus other than eye glasses, or contact lenses which was corneal transplants. Over the past decade or more technology has improved Keratoconus treatments has advanced, including Keratoconus treatments like INTACS, Holcomb C3-R ® (cornea collagen crosslinking), and even CK. These treatments alone or combine can improve the patients overall vision, and in some cases they have been known to stop the progress of the condition or even reverse the damage done by Keratoconus.

Holcomb C3-R ® Crosslinking System:

The Holcomb C3-R ® or the Corneal Crosslinking treatment strengthens the corneal fibers. This allows for stabilization of vision. If you have a more advanced type of Keratoconus, other treatments might be needed in combination with the Holcomb C3-R ® treatment. The Holcomb C3-R ® heals the eye quickly and efficiently when it comes to Keratoconus.

The Holcomb C3-R ® is done by non-invasive methods. It generally takes around 30 minutes and your experience can be beneficial if done right in the doctors office.

The Holcomb C3-R ® can be done at the same time as other procedures improving the patients quality of vision even more. Compatible procedures include INTACS, CK, and the Visian ICL.

Watch the incredible life changing story about Steven Holcomb overcome his Keratoconus to win a Gold Medal: Steven Holcomb Conquering Keratoconus

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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How the Symptoms of Keratoconus Can Affect Your Daily Life

Many people have heard of Keratoconus some have even known someone with the condition or are possibly dealing with it personally. But many still don’t understand how the condition works and how it will affect their daily life. Keratoconus is a progressive condition that affects your vision by distorting the image you see in front of you. The reason this happens is because Keratoconus causes the shape of the cornea to protrude like a hernia. Instead of a sphere the cornea is shaped more like a cone. This cone shape causes the light to reflect off the cornea in an irregular way. Over time this continues to gradually diminish your vision and the way you view things.

Keratoconus can occur either gradually over time or after injury. In some there seems to be a genetic family inheritance risk factor. It is important to understand the symptoms of this progressive condition because if it goes untreated for too long it can cause severe damage to the patient’s eyes.

Below are some signs and symptoms of Keratoconus:

Frequent blurred vision
Frequent rubbing of the eyes
Frequent changes in prescription
Seeing Halos & Glare around lights at night
Decreased night vision
High amount of astigmatism
Poor vision in glasses
Poor comfort in contacts
Increased difficulty wearing contacts all day

Understanding how the early signs affect you and recognizing them can help with more effective treatment, even possible prevention. But it can also help you understand what will happen to your vision as the condition progresses.

Frequent Changes in Prescriptions:

While many of us have been to the eye care professional as long as we can remember we don’t usually need a new prescription each year. But if you are noticing that you are in need of prescriptions more frequently you may want to bring it up with your eye doctor. This could be a symptoms of early stage Keratoconus.

Decreased Night Vision:

One of the major signs of Keratoconus is decreased night vision. Many of us struggle with seeing far distances in the day without our glasses or contacts but a disruption in your vision at night can cause many problems. If you work at night, or travel this can disrupt your day. Let the eye doctor know if you are having more difficulty driving at night or seeing even in the passenger’s side this will help them better diagnosis you.

Learn about one man’s struggle with Night Vision lead him to seek treatment to restore and improve his vision with Keratoconus treatments: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr2DeAQA-DI&feature=share&list=PL14E3E9271888A2F4

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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Advanced Keratoconus Treatments & Early Detection For Keratoconus

We are quite sure you have heard the words “Early Detection” what it means to you may be a bit different in each person’s eye. Looking at early detection from a positive place allows you to understand the underlined condition and be hopeful that they can treat it before it affects too many areas of your life. It also allows you to have more possibilities in the way of advanced Keratoconus treatments for the condition. Over the past decade doctors have been working diligently to provide you with a host of treatments to slow, and in some cases reverse damage caused by Keratoconus.

Those who are highest risk should be getting regular screenings at least yearly, to allow for early detection when it comes to diagnosing Keratoconus. Understanding the symptoms as well as the treatments that are available will improve your chances to save your vision in the future. Many families have shared in the treatment of this progressive condition and understand the importance of early detection. The improvements to the treatment of Keratoconus have truly given many thousands of patients back their life. It provides them a large beacon of hope for improvement in their vision in the present as well as the future. Take a look at the advancing treatments for Keratoconus and find out for yourself.

Treatments for Keratoconus:

  • Glasses, contact lenses – Changing prescriptions
  • Holcomb C3-R ® to strengthen the cornea and stop progression
  • INTACS for Keratoconus to improve quality of vision
  • CK to reduce astigmatism
  • IOL’s or Intra Ocular Lenses – internal permanent maintenance-free contacts

The truth is the key to a better quality of vision is early detection, monitoring, and treatment assessment. Know what it is you are truly up against is important. After all it is your vision and your responsibility to ensure it lasts.

For more information on fixing your Keratoconus visit www.FixesYourKC.com

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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