Keratoconus correction

Why is it worth undergoing keratoconus correction at OKULUX?

ludzieTypes of contact lenses for keratoconus correction:

  • Soft contact lenses for keratoconus (good vision, great comfort of wearing) read more…
  • Hybrid soft-rigid contact lenses (very good vision, very good comfort of wearing) read more…
  • Rigid contact lenses (perfect vision, good comfort of wearing) read more…

We prescribe highest quality contact lenses manufactured by renowned Austrian, German, French and American companies. Lenses are custom-made of very high oxygen permeable materials.

  1. Completely new custom-made ortho-k contact lenses are designed on the basis of the patient's precise corneal topography (taking astigmatism into account).
  2. We guarantee good vision or a change of lenses for new ones, if necessary - with higher power, without any additional costs (within one month of wearing counting from the date of lenses’ receipt).
  3. We have thorough knowledge of and long-time experience in keratoconus correction.
  4. Cost of contact lenses:
    - hybrid contact lenses – PLN 1380 per pair (they may be used for 6-9 months);
    - soft contact lenses for keratoconus – PLN 1200 per pair (they may be used for 6-9 months);
    - rigid contact lenses – from PLN 850 to PLN 1750 per pair, depending on the brand (they may be used for 2 years).
  5. We fit soft contact lenses designed especially for keratoconus to patients who do not tolerate rigid contact lenses.
  6. Cost of first visit - PLN 150, fitting visit - PLN 100, follow-up visit after 2-3 weeks of wearing contact lenses- PLN 100.
  7. FULL SATISFACTION GUARANTEED or return of contact lenses costs (costs of visits are not refundable).

As one of only few opticians in Poland we offer soft and hybrid contact lenses for keratoconus.

Contact lenses for keratoconus fitting philosophy

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Signs of poorly-fitted contact lens for keratoconus.

  • It does not stick to eye and falls out.
  • It falls out while blinking excessively.
  • It causes eye redness and large discomfort at the end of the day.

Keratoconus diagnosis

To diagnose and precisely determine the type of keratoconus a device called corneal topographer is needed. The device maps the surface of the cornea thus revealing any irregularities in the cornea's curvature.

Keratoconus

Keratoconus (from Greek: kerato - cornea, from Latin: conus - cone) is a degenerative disease of the cornea. The shape of normal, healthy cornea is round, while the keratoconic cornea bulges and is more cone-shaped. Corneal aberrations cause vision deterioration.

Symptoms

Keratoconus disease is characterised by the following symptoms:

  • significant deterioration of vision,
  • swollen eyes and eye redness,
  • double vision,
  • halo effect around lights,
  • light sensitivity,
  • cornea starts to look like a cone.

Causes of keratoconus

Although the exact cause of keratoconus is unknown, there are some theories trying to explain the disorder, i.e.:

  • Genetic causes - defective white of the cornea;
  • Allergies may lead to keratoconus. Long-term rubbing of eyes caused by an allergy increases the risk of developing the disorder. Therefore, it is important to avoid this habit;
  • People suffering from Down's and Marfan's syndromes belong to the risk groups;
  • Keratoconus may coexist with other inborn eye disorders.

Treatment

There are different methods of keratoconus treatment, such as:

  • Glasses for astigmatism and soft toric contact lenses used in the early stage of the cone growth.
    For moderate and advanced keratoconus we recommend rigid contact lenses. There is a wide variety of lens geometries and materials they are made of. Rigid contact lenses should be fitted by an ophthalmologist who specialises in this field of study. After an eye exam he should order lenses for the patient. Order is usually ready within a month. Rigid contact lenses ensure better, sharp eyesight thanks to tear fluid reservoir that is trapped between the soft inner surface of the lens and the irregular corneal surface. Properly fitted contact lenses may be worn from 12 months to 2 years. However, patients need to remember about follow-up visits once every six months, unless the doctor recommends otherwise. Change of contact lenses depends on the progress of the disease. If wearing rigid contact lenses is not enough, there might be a need to carry out a surgical procedure.
  • Crosslinking - long-known method that has recently been adopted by ophthalmologists. It is a method of mechanical stabilisation of the corneal tissue (with the use of a laser).
  • Implantation of corneal rings - corneal rings reshape the curvature of the cornea so that it looks almost like a natural one.
  • Corneal transplantation - when other methods of treatment are not possible. Transplantation is usually considered when the cornea is very thin and the patient's vision sharpness is lower that 0.1 - 0.2. Surgeon replaces the damaged cornea with a healthy corneal tissue. Such surgery usually corrects vision. In case the clarity of the patient's vision is not perfect after the procedure, we can fit corrective lenses. And it is easier than before the procedure.

Advantages of contact lenses keratoconus correction

One of the advantages of keratoconus correction with the use of contact lenses is the fact that this is a non-surgical and non-invasive method of correction that enables good vision. Geometry of keratoconus contact lenses may be adjusted to the changed shape of keratoconus.

So if you suffer from keratoconus and you finally want to see properly or if you already wear contact lenses and you are planning to buy new ones, book an appointment at OKULUX right now!