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Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a progressive non-inflammatory disorder that causes characteristic thinning and cone-like steepening of the cornea. This steepening results in distortion of vision, increased sensitivity to glare and light and an associated reduction in visual acuity. These symptoms usually appear in the late teens or early twenties and may progress for 10-20 years and then slow or even stabilize, but each eye can be affected differently.

Diagnosis

The first indication that you may have keratoconus would be increasing nearsightedness and irregular astigmatism as well as glare and light sensitivity. Oftentimes keratoconic patients experience changes in their prescription with successive office visits. These subjective complaints and objective signs would prompt further testing in the form of a Computerized Corneal Topography scan which scans the surface of the cornea and maps the shape of it. (See images below.) Therapies

Therapies

In the mild stages of keratoconus, soft contacts and glasses may provide adequate vision correction. As the cornea becomes increasingly thin and irregular in shape, specialty keratoconus contact lenses would offer a better option to enhance vision over traditional soft contacts and glasses. These specialty contacts range from rigid gas permeable lenses, to hybrid lenses, piggybacking lenses to scleral lenses. Each lens has its benefits and varying comfort levels.

Recently collagen cross-linking or CXL, a procedure which strengthens corneal tissue to halt bulging of the cornea in keratoconus, was approved in the U.S. (the Avedro KXL system). Unlike Avedro’s invasive procedure, the Holcomb C3-R Crosslinking System is a non-invasive alternative that could prevent the need for corneal transplants. We have partnered with Boxer-Wachler Vision Institute to offer the non-invasive Holcomb C3-R Crosslinking System. For more information on this procedure and other additional treatment possibilities please visit www.boxerwachler.com.

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8894 Gateway Blvd North
El Paso, Texas 79904
Phone: (915) 751-7760

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