Advancements in Treatments for Keratoconus Explores CKWednesday, March 22nd, 2017, 1:25 am
A diagnoses of Keratoconus can be devastating to anyone however many advancements in the treatment of Keratoconus have brought new hope to Keratoconus patients including CK. CK or Conductive Keratoplasty is relatively new but was FDA approved in 2004. The treatment is used to help with irregular astigmatism and uses heat from radio waves instead of a laser to reshape the cornea.
In patients with Keratoconus the cornea starts to become irregular shaped which distorts the vision of the patient progressively over the course of years until the patient’s vision becomes so distorted it is difficult to see even with contacts or glasses. With this treatment the cornea is reshaped giving clearer vision to the patient and reducing the distorted vision.
CK often takes no longer than 5 minutes per eye and has a short recovery time for the patient with minimal discomfort. Most patients describe no more than a slight sandy feeling for a few hours after the procedure. Patient are advised to take a 4-5 hour nap after the procedure and upon wakening many patients have noticeably improved vision.
Below are a few Symptoms of Keratoconus:
- Excessive Rubbing of the eyes with our without itchy eyes
- Visual disturbances or distortion
- Glares or halos
- Squinting to see
- Seeing Double
Keratoconus affects thousands of people everyday. Understanding your treatment options for the treatment of Keratoconus and knowing that there is hope for you is the most important part of living with this progressive disease. Getting help early can reduce the damage of Keratoconus to your vision.