Normally, if glasses or soft contact lenses are not enough, gas permeable contact lenses (GP) are the next step.
GP lenses vault over the cornea, flatten it and restore its shape (up to a certain point). They are designed to create a uniform refracting surface and improve vision.
Since fitting GP contact lenses over a cone-shaped cornea can be challenging, some eye doctors advocate “piggybacking.” With this method, you place a soft contact lens over the eye and then fit a GP lens over the soft lens.
This approach increases the patient’s comfort because the soft lens acts like a cushion between your cornea and the rigid GP lens.
Your doctor will monitor closely the fitting of “piggyback” contact lenses to ensure enough oxygen reaches the eye’s surface.
Also, there are scleral and semi-scleral lenses. These are large-diameter gas permeable contacts.
Scleral lenses cover a wider portion of the sclera and are more stable than conventional GP contact lenses. Instead of sitting directly on the cornea like traditional contact lenses, scleral lenses rest on the white part of the eye and arch over the cornea without even touching it.
Whether using rigid or scleral contact lenses, you will need regular check-ups to determine if the fitting is satisfactory. An ill-fitting lens can damage your cornea and worsen keratoconus!
Cornea Transplant For Severe Keratoconus
How Much Does Keratoconus Surgery Cost?
Keratoconus surgery cost depends on the performed technique.
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FAQ ABOUT KERATOCONUS TREATMENT
How many days should I stay hospitalized after keratoconus treatment?
Both procedures, corneal cross-linking or ring implants (Keraring / SAI), are performed on an outpatient basis and do not require medical hospitalization.
However, if a cornea transplant is performed, the patient should remain in the clinic for two or three days.
How long should I stay in Barcelona after the intervention?
The average length of stay in Barcelona (Spain) after crosslinking or ring surgery (Keraring / SAI) is ten days, depending on the patient’s progress.
In cases of cornea transplant, the patient’s stay in Barcelona will be between 15 and 30 days.
I am a foreign patient. Will the medical staff of Barraquer speak my language?
Qualified personnel is placed at your disposal, and they will advise you in your language and accompany you during the hospital process. If the doctor does not speak your language, a personal interpreter can accompany you throughout all your visits.
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External links – Bibliography
Intrastromal corneal ring segments: how successful is the surgical treatment of keratoconus? Alio JL, Vega-Estrada A, Esperanza S, Barraquer RI, Teus MA, Murta J.Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol. 2014 Jan-Mar
Corneal biomechanical changes after intracorneal ring segment implantation in keratoconus. Piñero DP, Alio JL, Barraquer RI, Michael R.Cornea. 2012 May
Intracorneal ring segment in keratoconus: a model to predict visual changes induced by the surgery. Peña-García P, Vega-Estrada A, Barraquer RI, Burguera-Giménez N, Alio JL.Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012 Dec
Modification and refinement of astigmatism in keratoconic eyes with intrastromal corneal ring segments. Piñero DP, Alió JL, Teus MA, Barraquer RI, Michael R, Jiménez R.J Cataract Refract Surg. 2010 Sep
Impact of contact lens wear on epithelial alterations in keratoconus. Sorbara L, Lopez JCL, Gorbet M, Bizheva K, Lamarca JM, Pastor JC, Maldonado López MJ, Hileeto D.J Optom. 2021
Keratoconus-integrated characterization considering anterior corneal aberrations, internal astigmatism, and corneal biomechanics. Alió JL, Piñero DP, Alesón A, Teus MA, Barraquer RI, Murta J, Maldonado MJ, Castro de Luna G, Gutiérrez R, Villa C, Uceda-Montanes A.J Cataract Refract Surg. 2011
Internal, corneal, and refractive astigmatism as prognostic factors for intrastromal corneal ring segment implantation in mild to moderate keratoconus. Peña-García P, Alió JL, Vega-Estrada A, Barraquer RI.J Cataract Refract Surg. 2014 Oct
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