With over two decades of experience at the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute in Beverly Hills, I have committed my career to not only treating patients with keratoconus, but also developing new, highly effective methods for stopping and counteracting this serious eye condition. Treatments I offer to keratoconus patients include:
1.Holcomb C3-R® Cross-Linking
This non-invasive treatment is arguably the most effective treatment for halting the progression of keratoconus. By applying drops of riboflavin and shining a UVA light on the eyes, I can stop the gradual bulging of the cornea in 99.3% of patients and do it without pain. Patients prefer my proprietary Holcomb C3-R system to cross-linking performed by other ophthalmologists because my version does not require the removal of the epithelium and locks in the results for maximum effect. This system was named after my patient Steven Holcomb, who after being treated for keratoconus went on to win one gold medal and two silver medals in bobsledding at the Olympic games.
Keratoconus is characterized by a gradually bulging and cone-shaped cornea. The more the cornea bulges, the more it distorts vision, so it is important to have early treatment that prevents the cornea from becoming more conical. Intacs are miniature half-circle inserts placed on the periphery of the cornea to help flatten the shape of the cornea. Patients who have Intacs usually notice crisper vision with less double vision and visual distortion. In most cases, I recommend combining intacs surgery with other treatments to tackle keratoconus and better preserve the patient’s vision over the long term.
3.CK for Keratoconus
Patients with keratoconus inevitably develop astigmatism due to their unusually shaped cornea(s). To help patients overcome their refractive errors, I perform conductive keratoplasty (CK), which uses radiofrequency heat to shrink a specific area of cornea’s curvature. After treatment, patients typically notice that their vision is better than it was using prescription lenses exclusively. I often combine CK with Intacs (corneal inserts) to maximize the benefits of both procedures. Because of my long experience, I can customize the procedure for the optimal vision correction.
After undergoing other treatments, keratoconus patients often develop significant (if not extreme) myopia. To help my patients overcome their severe nearsightedness, I offer Visian implantable collamer lenses (ICLs) These transparent, malleable lenses are ideal for transmitting light while reducing any glare that can negatively impact vision from glasses. Many patients find that their sight is better after having Visian ICLs placed than it was with traditional prescription lenses. Best of all, keratoconus patients who have Intacs are still good candidates for the procedure.
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After examining your eyes and seeing the extent of your keratoconus, I can suggest a thorough treatment plan that should stop your cornea from bulging and protect your eyesight from getting much worse. Today’s keratoconus patients can live normal, unobstructed lives, but early treatment plays a pivotal role in achieving this outcome. To learn more from one of the country’s top vision experts, please call 1-310-860-1900, text 424-245-0171 or email email@example.com today.