Dr. Boxer Wachler is a Los Angeles Expert in keratoconus,
Keratoconus is an eye condition that causes progressive vision loss. It typically affects young adults — those between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. The vision loss from keratoconus can often be reversed with early diagnosis and proper treatment.
Dr. Boxer Wachler has helped many Los Angeles keratoconus patients recover good vision. He is a fellowship-trained cornea surgeon and is looked upon by other eye doctors as a leader and pioneer in the field of keratoconus diagnosis and treatment. In fact, patients come to his eye clinic in Beverly Hills from across the United States and around the world.
What is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus affects the cornea, which is the clear outer layer of the eye responsible for approximately 30% of the eye’s focusing power. In keratoconus patients, the cornea becomes progressively thinner, causing the corneal surface to bulge or to become irregular. This is problematic because a circular corneal shape is required for good vision.
One of the primary symptoms of keratoconus is progressive vision loss that cannot be corrected with glasses. Also, keratoconus patients commonly have astigmatism that is very difficult to correct.
New imaging technologies have become available in recent years that allow earlier detection and more accurate treatment of keratoconus. Two primary types of technologies are used to detect and evaluate this eye condition: those that measure corneal shape and those that measure corneal thickness. Dr. Boxer Wachler employs the full range of these advanced measurement technologies in his eye clinic. The most common tests include:
- Corneal pachymetry – Measures corneal thickness
- Corneal keratometry – Measures radius of corneal curvature
- Corneal topography – Measures overall corneal shape
In addition, direct diagnostic evaluation is typically performed by Dr. Boxer Wachler using a slit lamp so that he can personally visualize the corneal shape.
Keratoconus Treatment Options
A number of treatments are available to reverse vision loss and preserve vision in keratoconus patients. These include Holcomb C3-R epi-on cross-linking, which strengthens the underlying corneal collagen, corneal inserts (Intacs), which flatten the surface of the cornea (eliminating the bulge), and corneal transplants, which replace the damaged corneal tissue with donor tissue. Dr. Boxer Wachler can help you determine which treatment is best for you, depending on the progression and severity of vision loss. Keep in mind that often these treatments are used in combination. It is also important to note that keratoconus is almost always bilateral, meaning that it affects both eyes at the same time. Consequently, the treatments are applied to both eyes to correct vision.
Schedule an Appointment
Have you had a LASIK evaluation appointment, only to learn that you cannot have LASIK because of keratoconus
Or do you have persistent vision loss, halos at night, or distortions in vision that cannot be corrected with glasses?
If so, you should schedule an appointment with “Dr. Brian,” as he is known by his patients. He can perform a full examination and work with you to determine the best course of action to correct and preserve your vision.