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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Rubbing keratoconus ; which came first

Chicken or egg- which came first. Maybe whatever you ordered first. Lol
But keratoconus is no laughing matter. In California many patients are victims of this disease. A question Los Angeles keratoconus experts ask their patients is if they have rubbed their eyes. Some researchers feel rubbing contributes to the development and progression of keratoconus. Other cornea experts feel keratoconus patients rub to see better. So the jury is out there. Our advise is not to rub your eyes.
Rubbing can also move implanted intacs. So instead of rubbing we need to find the cause of rubbing.

Keratoconus in Singapore

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Keratoconus Foundation

Hi ,

My name is D, I am Tanzanian student , studying in US.

I was reffered to you by National keratoconus foundation in California. I contacted them because I have a brother (23 years old) In Tanzania, East Africa who was diagnosed with Keratoconus last year. He has not been able to get treatment in my country and he is loosing his vision.

I was looking for ways for him to come here in US to receive Corneal transplant.

The problem is my family can not afford medical expenses and I am looking for Medical financial Assistance for him.

I am emailing you to ask you for the following informations:

1)Do you help people outside to come to US for treatments?

2) If Yes, which procedures should I follow?

3)If No, Do you have any information on organisations or hospitals around US t hat help keratoconus patients financially to get treatment(- Who can not afford medical expenses)

I have been searching for help, his sight is getting worse and It is sad that he is young and has no help around.

I am thanking you for reading this and looking forward to hear from you. My cell number is

Sincerely,

Intacs in beverly hills

LASIK  is omnipresent in los angeles. Some of the top lasik doctors can be found in beverly hills and los angeles. Where is the help for keratoconus patients? Dont worry, some of the trusted keratoconus surgeons are in beverly hills. Amongst them is Rajesh Khannna, MD. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is specially trained in corneal diseases including keratoconus. In his beverly hills office he helps people from all over los angeles. Using advanced diagnostic equipment like topography and pachymetry he can diagnose early stages of keratoconus. And than depending on what’s best for the patient he can suggest either special contact lenses, intacs or corneal transplant