February 15th, 2014
Common Cornea Disorders
There are some common eye disorders that are caused by the abnormal shape of the eye. One such condition is ectasia, a disorder that causes the cornea to bulge outward. LASIK surgery causes this by weakening the cornea. Other, naturally caused disorders include keratoconus and astigmatism. Keratoconus is caused when the cornea thins, causing it to bulge outward in a cone shape. Astigmatism, on the other hand, is a result of the cornea or lens curving in a different direction.
Common Optic Nerve Disorder
Another eye condition that afflicts many different people is glaucoma. This condition is different from other common conditions in that it is caused by elevated eye pressure. This pressure can result in damage to the optic nerve, which in turn can lead to vision loss.
Signs of an Eye Disorder
Although each eye condition is different and might manifest itself in a different way, there are some common signs that point to an eye disorder. If you notice any type of vision loss or blurring, make an appointment with an optometrist for an eye exam. Other common symptoms associated with these conditions could be eye pain, sensitivity and even headaches and nausea.
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February 1st, 2014
For those who are suffering from Keratoconus you can break records, and make new strides in your life regardless of your diagnosis. Take a look at Steven Holcomb. He is a professional bobsledder that suffered from an extreme case of Keratoconus. So much so that he almost gave up the one thing he loved in fear that he would hurt his teammates.
His story is one that will be remembered always. His Keratoconus had gotten so severe that he couldn’t see more than a foot in front of him. His sport is bobsledding which requires him to be in the front of the sled guiding it down an extremely dangerous track at horrendous speeds.
But his condition was getting worse and worse. They were preparing for the the biggest world event in bobsledding and wanted to win gold that year. The team found out about his condition and found the Boxer Wachler Institute. After the team gathered the money they paid for his treatments ( C3-R ® to stabilize his vision and Visian ICL to improve his vision without contacts- )both were very successful. Later that year the 4-man US Men’s bobsled team with Steven as the driver won a Gold Medal in 2010.
This is an extremely memorable story about a man who didn’t give up. There are several new treatments that can give you the quality of vision you deserve regardless of your diagnosis. Take the time to review the symptoms and get an annual eye exam it could change your life so you can change the lives of others!
Frequent changes in prescription
Frequent Rubbing of the eye
Change in vision at night
Early detection is the best way to get ahead of Keratoconus. If you have changes in vision, or you have a history of Keratoconus in the family contact your eye care professional for frequent and annual eye exams.
Watch Steven’s story about overcoming Keratoconus to win a Gold Medal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1APiP5vnnc&feature=share&list=PLSX2cKGbtvMwtmhUZGt4-fGfCSoxd84BL
January 15th, 2014
Keratoconus is a degenerative eye disease that will continue to get worse until it is corrected. Although mild cases of keratoconus can be corrected with glasses or lenses, once the eye disease has progressed to a more severe case, other treatment options are needed.
Corneal transplants are one way to correct keratoconus. During this procedure, an eye surgeon will replace the severely damaged and eroded cornea. There are different types of corneal transplants in which different and smaller sections are replaced. Regardless, this is an invasive procedure and there are many complications associated with it. There can be a lengthy recovery time before vision is restored, and there are care responsibilities that last a lifetime.
Another treatment option for people suffering with keratoconus is C3-R treatment. This treatment is much safer than corneal transplants since it is not an invasive surgery. The goal of this procedure is to strengthen the existing cornea and restore its shape with a combination of UV light and special eye drops. The recovery time for this is almost instantaneous and no hospitalization is needed. The cornea is usually strengthened within a few weeks.
Conductive keratoplasity for astigmatism can also be used to help correct the symptoms of keratoconus. This treatment plan usually needs to be done in combination with either intacs or C3-R. Intacs are similar to contacts, but they are inserted in the cornea to help strengthen the lining. Although this is considered a surgery, it is less invasive than corneal transplants since the original cornea is still intact. The surgery simply requires a small incision in which to insert the intacs.
All of these treatment options are designed to help reduce the symptoms of keratoconus or to cure the eye of the disease. Each of the procedures has different risks and benefits, and a health care provider specializing in this disease can better explain the options.
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December 1st, 2013
If you are suffering from Keratoconus than you know all too well how RGP contact lenses can be uncomfortable for everyday use. However there are some new improved contact lenses that have the strength and quality of RGP lenses and the softness of the normal contact lens. Since many are being diagnosed with Keratoconus earlier in their life contact lenses are a stable treatment option to keep through many stages of your Keratoconus.
Since Keratoconus is a progressive condition it is smart to choose a treatment option that can stretch over several stages of the condition. Additional treatment options include surgery for those who have a more advanced case of Keratoconus.
Below are some of the Benefits of Using Contact Lenses for the Treatment of Keratoconus:
Upgrade: High Definition- Think of the RGP lenses as an upgrade to your vision. The RGP lenses will allow you to view your surroundings in high definition and are easily maintained. If you are looking for a reliable and stable way to manage your visual experience the use of RGP lenses for your Keratoconus treatment is a great one.
Multiple stage use: The SynergEye ® Hybrid and Rose K Contact Lenses can be used to treat Keratoconus in many stages of the condition. This can provide some stability in the life of the patient, and offer great treatment with little changes to the eye. For those who want less doctor visits and less treatments for their Keratoconus this maybe a great choice for you.
Remember these are only a few of your options. There are many ways you can get educated about your treatments, and condition. Asking your eye care professional will help you get off to a great start. It is important that you not only know what to expect with Keratoconus, but also how it’s treated and how the treatments will effect you.
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November 15th, 2013
For Keratoconus Treatment
When it comes to treatments for Keratoconus there are several things you should consider. Many of us are worried about the more invasive treatments but the Holcomb C3-R ® is non-invasive and has been shown to be effective since 2003. The Holcomb C3-R ® is one of the most effective treatments available for Keratoconus today. This treatment helps to stabilize and in many cases halt the progression of Keratoconus.
The treatment uses natural vitamin called Riboflavin to stimulate the fibers within your cornea to build new crosslinks. These crosslinks strengthens the cornea and improves the persons overall vision over time. Below are three questions you should ask when seeing a doctor regarding this type of treatment.
Am I a viable candidate for this treatment?
Some patients with Keratoconus may have a more advanced case and this may not completely repair the damage to the cornea. In these cases there may need to be additional treatments or a different treatment may need to be explored.
Can I have the Holcomb C3-R ® in Combination with other Treatments?
This treatment is often used in combination with other Keratoconus treatments. The effectiveness, and improvement of the visual quality can be based on a number of combination and conditions. If you need to know if you will benefit more from combining this treatment with other treatments don’t hesitate to ask questions. Other treatments that can be combined with the Holcomb C3-R ® are INTACS, PRK, and the Visian ICL.
What can I expect after the Treatment and How long Before I get Results?
The Holcomb C3-R ® is a non-invasive procedure and does not require any incisions so the procedure is quite comfortable. The procedure simply requires the applying of drops (of Riboflavin) and about 30 minutes under a UV light to activate the drops.
The treatment continues to work over time and it often takes 4-16 weeks for you to get the complete effect. Your cornea will continue to strengthen over this period.
If you have questions on the Holcomb C3-R ® and other treatments for Keratoconus don’t hesitate to contact your eye care professional. No questions is too “silly”, nor should it be “Embarrassing” after all it is your quality of vision you are talking about. Make the most of it!
Hear from patients just like you who underwent these procedures: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSX2cKGbtvMzDbNrXs0xBYgSJ1HSyZV6d
November 1st, 2013
If you have already been diagnosed with Keratoconus and had to have RGP’s or Rigid Gas Permeable contact lenses you know how uncomfortable they can be. There are a few changes you can get that will help ease that comfort on a day to day basis. These new contact lenses can provide you with less discomfort and make them easier to wear each day.
SynergEyes Hybrid Contact lenses offer more comfort because they are a combination between RGP’s and soft contact lenses. The edges have a softer contact feel, and the benefit of HD clarity in the lens itself. This will give you comfort without losing the overall improved quality of vision.
Below are some benefits of the SynergEyes Contact Lenses:
Hybrid Contact Lenses:
- Reduced Light Sensitivity
- Improved Vision
- Added daily comfort
SynergEyes Hybrid Contact Lens provides a design for any stage of Keratoconus. The SynergEyes Hybrid Contact lens also help reduce your light sensitivity giving you and advantage in your Keratoconus treatment.
Whether you are in the beginning stages, or the advanced stage the hybrid lens can help you. The SynergEyes Hybrid Contact Lenses are FDA approved, comfortable, and convenient for those who are in need of improved vision correction.
Learn More About Keratoconus treatments and Hybrid Contact Lenses: http://www.synergeyes.com/yourvision/keratoconus.html
October 15th, 2013
Keratoconus is a progressive condition that often leaves the patient feeling uncertain and worried about their treatment options. Over the past 10 years more and more treatment options have become available for those with Keratoconus. Many of the new treatments for Keratoconus have been successful when used by themselves. However some of the treatments are quite beneficial when used in combination with each other.
Below are some of the treatments that can be used in combination with other treatments and how they help improve your Keratoconus.
The Holcomb C3-R ® :
The Holcomb C3-R ® is a treatment used to stabilize Keratoconus. The procedure is also called the Cornea Collegan Crosslinking with Riboflavin. This procedure requires the use of UV lights and a vitamin called Riboflavin which strengthens the fibers of the cornea and slows and in many cases halts progression. In addition, by flattening the cornea patients report less distorted vision.
The Holcomb C3-R ® is a great treatment to use in combination with other treatments for Keratoconus. Often many patients combine both INACS and The Holcomb C3-R ® for better results.
INTACS are tiny lenses that are placed in the layers of the cornea to provide support to the eye without causing complications. The INTACS need no maintenance once they are placed in the cornea and can remain a lifetime. The procedure is quick – about 7 minutes per eye.
INTACS work well in combination with other treatments such as the Holcomb C3-R ®. The Holcomb C3-R ® helps to lock in the flattening from the INTACS. Additionally most patients who get this combination can often reduce their use of glasses or contact lenses greatly. INTACS can be easily removed if needed when you have a change in prescription or for any other reason.
If you are looking for great treatments to help your Keratoconus there are many options out there. The treatments above can help you improve your Keratoconus and reduce your need for glasses and contacts giving you back your natural quality of vision.
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October 1st, 2013
There are many conditions that can affect the eye. Many people are afflicted with near-sightedness or far-sightedness. Still others might receive a diagnosis of astigmatism. These are all common conditions that can be treated with a soft contact lens or glasses. There are other conditions, however, that can cause further complications for the eye.
Keratoconus is one such condition. This is a degenerative disorder that causes the cornea to thin, which results in the cornea bulging into a cone shape. Keratoconus can affect the eye, making it more sensitive to light while also distorting a person’s vision and visual acuity. The vision problems associated with this disorder can be corrected initially with glasses or soft contact lenses; however as this degenerative condition advances, other treatment options are required.
An ophthalmologist can diagnose a person with keratoconus. The eye doctor will run different tests in order to find a problem and diagnosis it. It is important that the patient mention any changes in vision, especially if the symptoms are similar to the symptoms associated with keratoconus.
Once an ophthalmologist has diagnosed a patient with keratoconus, different treatment options will be considered. Depending on the progression of the condition, an ophthalmologist might recommend a lens such as contacts or intacs. If the condition has progressed far enough, a corneal transplant might be needed. Another treatment option is a method called collagen cross-linking. An ophthalmologist that specializes in keratoconus will best be able to choose the most effective treatment for the patient.
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September 15th, 2013
For those who are new diagnosed there are several new treatments available for Keratoconus. In the past there were few treatments and as your condition progressed the main treatment was having a corneal transplant. This procedure had a harder recovery and longer pain time. Now there are several additional Keratoconus treatments that offer less pain and a much lower recovery time.
Holcomb C3-R ®
This treatment was developed within the 1990’s and perfected in 2003 by Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler it has provided great improvements in the way Keratoconus is treated. For those with Keratoconus the Holcomb C3-R ® provides you with a simple no pain procedure that takes around 30 minutes to perform. This procedure stabilizes the condition and preserves vision.
There is a special vitamin called Riboflavin that is used in each eye being treated. This vitamin helps strengthen the cornea fibers over time. The drops are placed in the eye and a UV light is used to activate the drops. Then the patient is placed under the lights for about 30 minutes. This signals the vitamins to help the cornea fibers strengthen.
There is little feeling and the stabilization of vision is seen within weeks to months of the procedure. Over time the vitamin strengthen the corneal fibers allowing the patients vision to remain stable. As the fibers are strengthened the form of the cornea is sometimes restored to a flatter shape.
This procedure can also be combined with other eye procedures to improve the overall vision of the patient.
Natural way to improve vision
Generally only on procedure is needed
Stabilizes vision over time
Shorter Recovery Time
Can be done in combination with other treatments
Hybrid Contact Lenses:
The hybrid contact lenses are a combination between RGP (or Rigid Gas Permable) lenses and Soft contact lenses. Often Keratoconus patients need RGP lenses (rigid gas perm/hard contacts) to help provide the sharpest and clearest vision. RGP lenses are seen by many patients harsher than normal soft contact lenses and RGP contacts are often uncomfortable for patients with Keratoconus. New technologies have allowed us to create new lenses that have the comfort of soft lenses around the edges and still have the benefit of RGP lenses.
Clear Kone lenses allow you to reduce the amount of dirt that gets under the lenses. And have a more specific contact for those who have Keratoconus. They allow you to wear them longer and keep the comfort of normal lenses.. In addition these lenses can be used for a longer time and many stages of Keratoconus.
Last through more stages
Can be worn all day
Reduce debris that get under lenses
Have all advantages of RGP’s and comfort of soft lenses
September 1st, 2013
Keratoconus is a progressive disease that causes your vision to become distorted. Your cornea develops a cone shape causing the outer lens (cornea) of your eye to show you an unclear image. There are treatments now available for Keratoconus that will give you a more improved view of the images in front of you. Normally it would take several years for this condition to progress, however if you have high risk factor,(ie. history of rubbing eyes) our have a medical condition, such as Diabetes it can accelerated the process.
In the past there was only one main treatment for Keratoconus other than eye glasses, or contact lenses which was corneal transplants. Over the past decade or more technology has improved Keratoconus treatments has advanced, including Keratoconus treatments like INTACS, Holcomb C3-R ® (cornea collagen crosslinking), and even CK. These treatments alone or combine can improve the patients overall vision, and in some cases they have been known to stop the progress of the condition or even reverse the damage done by Keratoconus.
Holcomb C3-R ® Crosslinking System:
The Holcomb C3-R ® or the Corneal Crosslinking treatment strengthens the corneal fibers. This allows for stabilization of vision. If you have a more advanced type of Keratoconus, other treatments might be needed in combination with the Holcomb C3-R ® treatment. The Holcomb C3-R ® heals the eye quickly and efficiently when it comes to Keratoconus.
The Holcomb C3-R ® is done by non-invasive methods. It generally takes around 30 minutes and your experience can be beneficial if done right in the doctors office.
The Holcomb C3-R ® can be done at the same time as other procedures improving the patients quality of vision even more. Compatible procedures include INTACS, CK, and the Visian ICL.
Watch the incredible life changing story about Steven Holcomb overcome his Keratoconus to win a Gold Medal: http://youtube.com/mD5bgXdiAjk