Keratoconus is managed by many different contact lens designs. No one design is best for every type of keratoconus. Since each lens design has its own unique characteristics, the lens fitter carefully evaluates the needs of the individual situation to find the lens that offers the best combination of visual acuity, comfort and corneal health.
There is no one design that is best for every type or stage of keratoconus. The needs of each individual is carefully weighed to find the lens that offers the best combination of visual acuity, comfort and corneal health.
Successful management with contact lenses can sometimes be a frustrating process for those with keratoconus. The fitting and evaluation process involves numerous visits to the optometrist, out of pocket expenses as well as medical insurance co-pays. Luckily, the contact lens industry has responded to the need to have better contact lens materials for patients with keratoconus.
Today there are numerous contact lens options available to provide significant vision improvement for those with keratoconus. Click here for a review the various types of contact lenses available for the management of keratoconus.
Blink … to improve eye comfort. Blinking cleans the ocular surface of debris and flushes fresh tears over the ocular surface. Each blink brings nutrients to the eye surface structures keeping them healthy. The flow of tears is responsible for wetting the lower third of the cornea. This is very important in KC, since this area is generally below the bulge of the cone and in many cases irritated by wobbly RGP lenses.
Proper contact lens care is essential for the best contact lens wearing experience for anyone but especially for those with keratoconus who rely almost exclusively on their contact lenses.
A diagnostic instrument for contact lens fitting is rapidly gaining popularity: the corneal topographer. This is the machine where you are asked to place your chin in a chinrest, forehead against a headrest, and calmly stare at a red light while a whorl of illuminated concentric rings is brought so close to your eye that you feel as if you are falling into a vortex that will drop you into a Twilight Zone rerun.
It is important to call your contact lens fitter immediately if you should experience any of the following abnormal symptoms:
There are a number of things you should be aware of for the successful care of your rigid lenses. Here is a list of some do’s and don’ts that should help you avoid any unnecessary complications:
Obscure medical terms can often confuse an already stressful diagnosis. Here we have compiled a very useful glossary of terms that can help you understand the eye, its function and the malfunctions that can sometimes occur.