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Keratoconus: Diagnosis and Treatment

keratoconus_4Keratoconus patients have fallen in love with scleral contact lenses. Now they are experiencing 20/20 vision for the first time, and the lenses have the comfort of a soft contact lens!

Traditionally, keratoconus patients have been treated with gas permeable lenses which are uncomfortable. Gas permeable lenses often leave the patient with blurry and distorted vision and patients are disappointed with the results. For some patients, the gas permeable lenses will unexpectedly pop out of the eye during the course of the day.

Scleral lenses solve all of these problems.EyeExam MapButton 1

Scleral lenses are comfortable like a soft lens, give clear undistorted vision, and the lens won’t pop out of the eye. Vision can usually be corrected to 20/20, and if not, then usually it will be very close to 20/20, leaving the patient seeing without distortion.

Dr. Robert Sobel of Sobel Eye Care in Lathrup Village explains, “Patients are ecstatic! They can’t believe how sharply they see. I recently had a patient tell me that the scenery on the route that they took – for years – on their recent trip looked so clear and beautiful. They couldn’t believe the difference.”

keratoconus_3Scleral lens fits are covered by most Health insurance plans, however, be prepared to pay the deductible and copays that apply for seeing a provider who is a specialist. Vision plans (which are not health insurance plans) will sometimes cover scleral lens fits, depending on your plan.

First, a comprehensive eye exam is needed in order to evaluate the eye condition and to enable us to request coverage to the insurance carrier.

Keratoconus is a disease process by which the cornea becomes cone-shaped causing distorted vision. As the disease progresses, the visual acuity can become quite poor and prescriptions can even change drastically in a matter of a few months.

As the disease progresses further, the cornea can become thin and needs to be evaluated yearly to ensure that it’s not getting too thin.

If you have noticed sudden changes in the vision over a few weeks to a month, a thorough eye exam is needed to check for Keratoconus.

Patients can schedule an appointment with Dr. Sobel to have an evaluation for this condition.Appointments Green button