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HomeAnswersOphthalmology (Eye Care)keratoconusWhat is the best option other than glasses in case of keratoconus?

I have keratoconus. Do I have other options apart from spectacles?

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Published At August 9, 2014
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have an eye disorder (keratoconus). I would like to know whether I can continue wearing soft lens. The hard lens/RGP lens provides a lot of discomfort. Do I have other options apart from glasses?

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Keratoconus is a degenerative eye disorder. This causes corneal thinning and leads to a conical shaped cornea.

Soft lenses can be used, the silicone lens with hydrogel based ones in particular.

Though RGP (rigid gas permeable) lens are preferred for better vision outcomes, a combination of soft and rigid lenses are also available.

If this option fails, then go in for surgical options like microwave thermokeratoplasty.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vidya Muralidhar
Dr. Vidya Muralidhar

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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