John Conquers Keratoconus with the GVR Scleral Lens, now 20/20 Each Eye

This is a photo of me with keratoconus patient John. John was first diagnosed with keratoconus about 4 years ago. Prior to being diagnosed with keratoconus, John had difficulty seeing clearly with eyeglasses. As his keratoconus condition progressed, he was fit with a variety of contact lenses including hybrid lenses which he found to be very uncomfortable. In addition to his vision becoming increasingly more blurry, John always felt his eyes to be dry. To stabilize his corneas, last year John had Collagen Cross-Linking done to both of his corneas. Collagen Cross-Linking is done to slow or stop the progression of keratoconus by strengthening the fibers within the cornea. When John first visited our office in November, 2015, his best corrected visual acuity was 20/60 in each eye. Soon after his initial visit with us, we fit both of John’s eyes with GVR Scleral lenses. With his new scleral lenses John has clear (20/20), comfortable vision and is able to wear his lenses all of his waking hours. In addition, John’s dry eye symptoms disappeared. This is due to the fact that his scleral lenses do not rest on his corneas. Instead the scleral lenses are supported by the white portion of the eye (the sclera). The space between the back surface of the scleral lens and the front surface of the cornea is filled with sterile saline solution which allows the cornea to remain moist. Over the following 6 months Johns eyes were carefully examined at regular intervals. John’s vision and corneas have remained stable since receiving his scleral lenses. I expect John to be able to continue wearing his scleral lenses comfortably and with clear vision for many years to come.

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