Importance of Screening & Early Diagnosis

We have been talking about how cross linking can help patients suffering from Keratoconus. We may’ve a bigger issue to confront. What about before cross linking, what about the diagnosis and screening of Keratoconus. It is important for patients with Keratoconus to be screened as early as possible. The best results with corneal cross linking eye procedure are obtained when the disorder is arrested early. As the disease progresses the loss of visual acuity increases dramatically, and the earlier it is detected the easier and higher possibility that full visual acuity returns. You may want to read some frequently asked questions on keratoconus and cross linking.

Some symptoms of Keratoconus are blurry vision, increased light sensitivity, eye strain, headaches/general eye pain, eye irritation/excessive eye rubbing. A caution should be noted that these symptoms can also be indications of other eye problems. That is why it i important to see a keratoconus expert. The doc in conjunction with measurement of the curvature of the cornea, a depth map and examining the eyes can identify the disease more early and accurately.

From a doctor’s perspective, as they physically examine the eye with a microscope, the signs they  would be looking for are corneal thinning, Fleischer’s ring, Vogt’s striae, and apical scarring. The measuring of the corneal curvature can be done three different ways: first would be keratometry, second is corneal tomography, and third is a corneal OCT. Though all three should performed for increasing the accuracy of the measurement.     

Now that you have a basic understanding of importance of early detection try our quiz on keratoconus.

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Truths about Keratoconus and Cross Linking

I am amazed when doctors claim that they have invented a procedure even though it has existed for years before. For example a surgeon claiming they invented cornea cross linking even though it was being performed in Europe for many years.

What gets me peeved is that some doctors use unproven technology and convince patients its the best. Snake oil sellers are an amusement till patients are harmed. So I decided to list some truths about keratoconous eye disease and cornea collagen cross linking.

The 10 Golden Truths about Cornea Cross Linking By Rajesh Khanna, MD a Keratoconus specialist.

  1. Keratoconus is a sight threatening disease. It involves the thinning and bulging of the cornea.
  2. Recent data suggests it may be more prevalent than 1 in 2000 people
  3. Cornea Collagen Cross Linking (CXL) is a proven and effective way to halt the progression of progressive keratoconus eye disease.
  4. CXL may be used to stabilize post lasik ectasia.
  5. Epithelium off Cornea cross linking is more effective than epi on cross linking.
  6. Conventional cornea cross linking – 3 mw for 30 minutes is the gold standard.
  7. Conventional  cross linking is more effective than accelerated cross linking (18 mw or 30 mw). No other power setting is better.
  8. No studies have shown epi on cross linking to be more effective than conventional epi off cross linking.
  9. FDA has only approved Avedro KXL system/Photrexa for treatment of progressive keratoconus. No other system nor riboflavin compound has passed that litmus test.
  10. Avedro KXL/ Photrexa which treats at 3mw is currently safer and more effective than other currently available epi on choices in Los Angeles

I would invite comments by optometrists, ophthalmologists and peers especially keratoeonus experts.

Avedro KXL system in the hands of an experienced Keratoconus surgeon following FDA protocols would be safer than an unproven experimental epi on technology.                      We therefore offer Avedro cornea collagen cross linking with the FDA approved protocol.

Pupil Tracking in Cornea cross linking for Keratoconus.

We have been talking about the advantages of epithelium off cross linking. This from of cross linking has shown to work in numerous studies across the world.

But are all delivery methods the same? Certain machines hope the patient keeps looking at the UV light.  Have you tried staring at something for 30 minutes. As a kid you may have played the stare off game. Its tough to do it especially in Los Angeles with the dry weather.

The solution in this fight against keratoconus is to involve a pupil tracker. In the above video you will see it in action. If the eye moves away from the light, the UV delivery and timer will stop. You  can set how much movement you are willing to allow.

This increases the safety. One can definitely know that 30 minutes was delivered. It can avoid a situation where a fidgety patients moves and receives only 20 minutes of the radiation. Increasing safety also relaxes the patients. Most of the people requiring this intervention against Keratoconus eye disease are teenagers. Pupil tracking rocks.

The Delicate eye

Eуе іѕ оnе оf thе mоѕt dеlісаtе ѕеnѕоrу оrgаnѕ аѕ іt асtѕ аѕ а саtаlуѕt fоr lіvіng thе lіfе ассоrdіng tо оur dеѕіrе. It іntеndѕ tо аdd а dіvеrgеnt flаvоr tо оur lіvеѕ ѕо іt dеmаndѕ а vеrу ѕресіаl саrе whісh саn bе ореrаtеd wіth thе hеlр оf а Pаѕаdеnа Oрtоmеtrіѕt. Thе mаіn рurроѕе оf Pаѕаdеnа Oрtоmеtrу іѕ tо рrоvіdе аn еxсluѕіvе vіѕіоn саrе, whісh іnсludеѕ реdіаtrіс аnd gеrіаtrіс ѕеrvісеѕ, оffеrіng оf соntасt lеnѕеѕ, trеаtіng thе раtіеntѕ ѕuffеrіng frоm осulаr аnd drу еуе dіѕеаѕеѕ.
Pаѕаdеnа Oрtоmеtrіѕt аdmіnіѕtеrѕ vаrіоuѕ kіndѕ оf соntасt lеnѕеѕ соnѕtіtutіng dаіlу dіѕроѕаblеѕ, twо wееkѕ оr оnе mоnth dіѕроѕаblеѕ оr tоrіс ѕоft соntасt lеnѕеѕ. Thеу еvеn рrоvіdе lеnѕеѕ fоr thе kіdѕ оf аll аgеѕ tаkіng саrе оf thеіr соmfоrt аnd tоlеrаnсе. Sо іf уоur сhіld іѕ kееn tо аррlу thе соntасt lеnѕеѕ, thеn уоu аrе frее tо соntасt wіth thе орtоmеtrіѕt Pаѕаdеnа fоr hаvіng а соntасt lеnѕ соnѕultаtіоn, whісh іѕ vеrу muсh rеquіrеd tо knоw thе dесіѕіоn оf thе сhіld. Thе Pаѕаdеnа Oрtоmеtrіѕt wіll сеrtаіnlу rеѕресt thе сhіld ѕ dесіѕіоn, thаt whеthеr hе оr ѕhе іѕ rеаdу tо hаndlе lеnѕеѕ.
Whіlе rеаdіng ѕоmе сhіldrеn fасе сеrtаіn vіѕіоn соmрlісаtіоnѕ whісh саn bе ѕоlvеd оut bу wеаrіng glаѕѕеѕ оr соntасt lеnѕеѕ. A vіѕіоn thеrару асtѕ аѕ аn іndіѕреnѕіblе wау оut fоr thіѕ рrоblеm. Thіѕ раrtісulаr thеrару іnvоlvеѕ еуе еxеrсіѕеѕ аnd ѕоmе оthеr nесеѕѕаrу асtіvіtіеѕ whісh аrе bеіng dеѕіgnеd fоr еnhаnсіng thе vіѕіоn ѕkіllѕ. Pаѕаdеnа Oрtоmеtrу ѕеrvеѕ thіѕ рrоgrаm іn а vеrу оrgаnіzеd mаnnеr. But bеfоrе gоіng fоr thе thеrару, уоur сhіld hаѕ tо раѕѕ оut thе vіѕіоn еxаm. Thіѕ еxаm іѕ mаndаtоrу аѕ іt wіll hеlр thе Pаѕаdеnа Oрtоmеtrіѕt tо аdvіѕе whісh рrоgrаm wіll рrоvе tо bе bеnеfіttеd fоr thе раtіеntѕ. If ѕоmеhоw thеу fаіl tо furnіѕh thаt ѕресіfіеd ѕеrvісе, thеу wіll rеfеr thеm tо еуе ѕресіаlіѕt wіthоut mаkіng аnу dеlау. Sо thеу undеrѕtаnd thе vаluе оf уоur сhіld ѕ lіfе. Thеу роѕѕеѕѕ аll thе lаtеѕt соntасt lеnѕ tесhnоlоgу. Aраrt frоm lеnѕеѕ, thеу аlѕо оffеr а wіdе rаngе оf ѕеlесtіvе glаѕѕеѕ wіth lаtеѕt dеѕіgnеd frаmеѕ bоth fоr thе mеn аnd thе wоmеn.
Pаnасеа Oрtоmеtrіѕt аlѕо trеаtѕ thе раtіеntѕ whо аrе ѕuffеrіng frоm осulаr dіѕеаѕе lіkе glаuсоmа, соrnеаl ulсеrѕ оr соnјunсtіvіtіѕ. If уоu аrе еxреrіеnсіng ѕеvеrе еуе раіn, frеquеnt rеdnеѕѕ thеn уоu аrе іn dіrе nееd оf mеdісаl аѕѕіѕtаnсе. Oрtоmеtrіѕt Pаnасеа аlѕо dеаl wіth thе реорlе gоіng thrоugh drу еуе рrоblеmѕ whісh іnсludе іnfеrіоr vіѕіоn quаlіtу, dаmаgе еріthеlіum оr mаgnіfіеd аѕtіgmаtіѕm. Thе рауmеntѕ fоr thе Pаnасеа Oрtоmеtrу саn bе рrосеѕѕеd оut bу thе mеаnѕ оf thе саѕh, Mаѕtеr оr Vіѕа саrd.
Sо іf уоur lоvеd оnеѕ аrе аfflісtеd wіth сruсіаl еуе оr vіѕіоn рrоblеm, thеn уоu аrе аdvіѕеd tо соntасt wіth thе Oрtоmеtrіѕt .
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Bilateral keratoconus

bilateral  means both sided. bilateral keratoconus therefore means that both eyes are involved. Keratoconus is an asymmetric bilateral disease. Keratoconus means coning of the cornea. The clear front part of the eye is cornea. When internal pressure of the eye is able to overcome the resistance of the cornea, it leads to bulging of the cornea. This is termed as keratoConus. Usually one eye may be more involved. To the untrained eye this may be unilateral. But to Los Angeles keratoconus expert the second eye may still have subtle signs of keratoconus/

Intacs seminar

Los Angeles keratoconus expert dr. Khanna is responding to requests of keratoconus patients in California especially orange county, Ventura and Los Angeles county. This keratoconus and intacs expert will host the session. You can ask any questions relating to this newer technology of intacs.
Intacs is FDA approved and made by additional technology.
Some of previous intacs patients may grace the seminar.

Free Seminar on keratoconus

Keratoconus expert Dr. Khanna – will be holding Free patient seminars across southern california in Januarary and Feburary 2011.

The seminars will discuss the disease of keratoconus and treatment options including the latest on intacs and crosslinkage therapies.

Please register

Rajesh Khanna, MD is  a Beverly Hills Cornea Surgeon and Board certified by American Board of Ophthalmology.