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Published On: Thu, Sep 24th, 2015

New Treatment Options for Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a disorder of the eye that causes the cornea to thin and take on a conical shape. This degenerative condition causes vision distortion which may include seeing double, increased sensitivity to light and streaking in the visual plain. Poor night vision and impaired visual acuity make this a difficult disease to live with. Unfortunately, glasses and traditional soft contact lenses may not provide sufficient results as the disease progresses because of the changing shape of the cornea. A new treatment option, PVR PROSE, provides an excellent outlook and improved vision for people with keratoconus.

photo supplied/ Top Eyelash Serums

photo supplied/ Top Eyelash Serums

How PVR PROSE Treatment Works

PVR PROSE stands for Precision Vision Rehabilitation Prosthetic Replacement of the Ocular Surface Ecosystem. This treatment involves the use of a prosthetic device that is created to fit the patient’s eye exactly, with precise measurements taken down to the micron to ensure an ideal fit. The device rests on the sclera, not the cornea, so it vaults over the damaged cornea and provides a smooth optical surface. The device masks surface irregularities of the cornea, so the image sent to the retina is sharper and clearer. When the device works well, it improves blurred vision caused by corneal irregularities.

PVR PROSE Treatment is unique because the device is customized for each patient, rather than providing a standard lens. Because it vaults over the damaged area of the eye, it provides a measure of protection to reduce any trauma when the patient blinks or if a foreign body gets into the eye. This, in turn, helps promote a healthy cornea to limit any additional damage that would make the symptoms of the disease even worse.

Who Needs PVR PROSE Treatment?

PVR PROSE Treatment is ideal for patients who are not getting results they want from contacts or glasses and are suffering from keratoconus. This is typically patients who have advanced keratoconus or who are suffering from a very irregular shape of the cornea due to the disease.

If you have keratoconus and are finding that your glasses no longer provide sufficient help, you can benefit from PVR PROSE. Talk to your eye doctor about this new treatment to determine if it is a good fit for your needs.

Guest Author: Lolita Di

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