Cornea Transplants and Scleral Lenses for Keratoconus
Picking the right treatment for any disease plays a vital role in recovery. There are several different treatment methods for advanced keratoconus. But in this article, we will try to help you understand just two treatment types better – cornea transplant and scleral lenses.
These two keratoconus treatment options are among the most popular treatment options. They are regularly touted as the easiest and most effective treatment methods in some quarters. But when you are done reading this article, you’d be well informed to form your own opinions about them.
Keratoconus is a progressive medical condition of the eye that affects the cornea. The cornea thins and bugles out like a cone, leading to vision problems. Keratoconus treatment helps to halt the progression of the disease. And in some cases, they help keratoconus patients with partial visual rehabilitation. New treatment methods are still being discovered, so there’s no particular best treatment or most effective. It all depends on you.
For non-medical students or practitioners, the definition and explanation of keratoconus given above is still very likely to leave you confused. Let me break it down for you to understand much better.
Keratoconus is a disease which makes the cornea of the eye, which is the transparent tissue in front of the eye, to bulge outward. When a person suffers from keratoconus, the clear dome-shaped tissue that covers the eye, particularly the cornea, thins, and bulges outward into a cone shape.
The cause of this disease is yet to be known, and it affects a small population of the world. The occurrence of keratoconus can be found in about one in every two thousand people*.
Diagnosed with keratoconus at 14 years of age this patient has tried it all! He started off with soft contact lenses together with hard lenses, and then had his first corneal transplant in 1980. In 1990 he had a second corneal transplant but still left with poor vision. He was then prescribed hard lenses (RGP) but they were very uncomfortable and constantly popped out of his eyes. He finally found Dr. Azman, Baltimore’s top keratoconus doctor who prescribed him with scleral lenses. With the scleral lenses, he can wear them comfortably all day, they stay in his eyes, he can drive at night with no glare, and has the best vision he has had in many years!
PUBLISHED: 09:57 EST, 13 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:33 EST, 13 December 2018
A well-known Michigan meteorologist and mother-of-two has taken her own life.
Jessica Starr, 35, worked for WJBK Fox 2 since 2011. On Thursday morning, her colleagues cried as they announced her death on the air.
Starr, whose married name was Rose, had two young children. She leaves them behind along with her husband of eight years, Daniel.
In a statement issued on its website and read aloud by her colleagues on Thursday morning, Fox 2 said: ‘Last night we were informed of the heartbreaking news that our friend and colleague, meteorologist Jessica Starr took her life.
‘All of us here at FOX 2 are in deep shock and cannot believe that such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us.
‘Her family and friends will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days as we all deal with our grief.’
Morning anchor Amy Andrews tweeted: ‘Our hearts are broken.’
Further details about her death have not yet been revealed.
Over the last month, Starr said she had been facing ‘challenging times’ since undergoing Lasik eye surgery.
She had the surgery in October and took four weeks off then returned to work for one day in November but it was too much of a struggle for her and she was back at home the next day.
In a video uploaded to her Facebook page on November 13, the day she went back to work, she was downcast as she asked viewers for their prayers and well wishes. Starr was struggling to recover from Lasik eye surgery. In her last post on her public Facebook page, she asked fans for their well wishes and said she was struggling to return to work.
‘If you have any tips I’d appreciate it, I’m trying to stay strong and get through this recovery.
‘Thanks again for all the wishes, I’m excited to be back I just want to get my vision back so I can keep you guys smiling,’ she said.
The following day, she posted that she had not yet been ready to go back to work.
‘Yesterday was a struggle for me. I really wanted to come back but I need more time to recover.
‘Please keep me in your thoughts during this challenging time. Will keep you updated,’ she said.
It was her final post.
Starr had two degrees, one in broadcast meteorology and one in geography and communications.
She regularly shared photographs of her happy family life on her public Facebook page.
Before working for Fox 2, she worked for Fox 45, WKAG 3 and WLNS.
Hers is the second laser-eye-related surgery in a month. In November, Canadian Paul Fitzpatrick, 56, took his own life after blaming the procedure for giving him 20 years of intolerable pain in his eyes.
Stevens Johnson syndrome (SJS) and the more severe variant of the disease, toxic epidermal necrolysis syndrome (TENS), are intense autoimmune sensitivity reactions to infections or medications that primarily affect the skin and mucus membranes, including the eyes. Patients with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome have a tendency to have ocular difficulties including dry eyes, eye pain, light sensitivity, scarring, and corneal erosion. Global Complex Eye Care has helped many patients restore vision and quality of life transformed with his innovative treatments.
PVRÂ PROSE Lenses:
PVR PROSE-Â Precision Vision Rehabilitation Â Prosthetic Replacement of the Ocular Surface Ecosystem
PVRÂ PROSE LensesÂ are large-diameter gas permeable prosthetic lens specially designed to vault over the entire corneal surface and rest on the “white” of the eye (sclera). In doing so, scleral lenses functionally replace the irregular cornea with a perfectly smooth optical surface to correct vision problems caused by Lasik failures, post-surgical complications, and other corneal irregularities.
PVRÂ PROSE LensesÂ are designed to vault the corneal surface and rest on the less sensitive surface of the sclera, theseÂ prosthetic lenses often are more comfortable for a person with corneal irregularities. A special liquid fills the space between the back surface of the lens and the front surface of the cornea. This liquid acts as a buffer and protects the compromised corneal tissue. PVR PROSE LensesÂ Â are designed to fit with little or no lens movement during blinks, making them more stable on the eye, compared with traditional corneal gas permeable lenses. These lenses are almost always very comfortable and the vision provided by them is extremely good. The great majority of patients are able to wear their PVRÂ PROSE LensesÂ almost all of their waking hours without problems.
Dr. Irwin Azman prescribes PVRÂ PROSE Lenses for a variety of hard-to-fit eyes, including patients with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, Radial Keratotomy (RK) and Lasik Complications, Keratoconus, Corneal Ectasia, Post-Surgical Vision Loss, and Pellucid Marginal Degeneration.