Keratoconus as we have been reading on this site about keratoconus is a weakening of the cornea affecting quality vision. Cataracts, on the other hand affects the lens of the eye. It occurs when water enters the natural lens affecting its transparency. Our own Beverly Hills Keratoconus Expert Dr Khanna says” Cataract is a disease of older age where as Keratoconus occurs in childhood and youth.When a keratoconus patient grows older he ay develop cataract”. The problem in curing cataracts with keratoconus is finding a good surgeon proficient in Laser cataract surgery. The lens to replace the opacified natural lens. Two problems are faced by Los Angeles Cataract specialists treating Keratoconus patients suffering from cataracts. The first challenge is to get keratometry reading or the shape of the cornea.This is used in formula like srk-t or holladay. These mathematical expressions presume the front clear surface of the eye or the Cornea is round. In keratoconus as we know the cornea is of an abnormal shape. Many a time there are folds in the cornea, the epithelium is thickened. Sometimes the cornea with keratoconus may even have an opacity.
The second challenge in treating cataracts in keratoconus patients is choosing a good intraocular lens replacement. Toric lens could be helpful in such situations. Toric lens have astigmatism built in them.
A cornea trained surgeon who is adept at complicated cataract surgery is the best person to handle your procedure if you are suffering from keratoconus and Cataracts. You are lucky that in Los Angeles area we have one. Dr. Khanna an expert in cataract surgery with lasers and treatment of keratoconus should be your choice to help you see better.