Keratoconus Patient from Uruguay With No Functional Vision Now 20/25 with GVR Scleral Lens

This is a photo of me with our student externs Amanda Golchin on the left and Jena Adelsberger on the right. On my left is our keratoconus patient Alvaro, who has been visiting our practice from Montevideo, Uruguay. Alvaro has a very advanced case of keratoconus which cannot be corrected with eyeglasses or conventional contact lenses. I first examined Alvaro in 2009 when we fit him with GVR Scleral lenses. Over these years Alvaro has traveled to Miami 3 times for eye examinations and scleral lens evaluations. Without his scleral lenses, Alvaro has no functional vision. With his GVR Scleral lenses Alvaro is corrected to 20/25 vision in each eye. This week we examined Alvaro once again. Due to a small change in the keratoconic condition of his corneas it was necessary to refit both of Alvaro's eyes with new scleral lenses. Today I asked Alvaro how he functioned with his old hard lenses before coming to visit us 7 years ago, he responded that he had poor vision and that his old lenses "hurt like hell". Before visiting us 7 years ago, Alvaro was told by his doctors back home that he might need to have corneal transplant surgery if he was unable to wear contact lenses. Thanks to his scleral lenses, Alvaro will never need to undergo corneal transplant surgery.

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Optimum Infinite Gas Permeable Material

I am happy to announce that our Global Vision Rehabilitation Center will be designing and fitting all of our “high need” patients with the Optimum Infinite gas permeable contact lens material. The Optimum Infinite material is the most oxygen permeable material ever to be approved by the FDA. In addition, this newly FDA approved material includes a UV lens blocker. Now for the first time, with certain patients, wearing a scleral lens made with the Infinite material under extended wear conditions can be considered.

SMAP 3D Scleral Lens Design

NEW: Powerpoint presentation on SMAP 3D

Last year we introduced an exciting piece of technology that has allowed us to custom design a scleral lens much more accurately. It is the SMAP 3D, which is a computer attached to a dedicated camera that allows us to obtain a 3 dimensional image of the entire front surface of the eye, including the cornea and the surrounding white portion of the eye (the sclera). Up until now there has not been any technology that would allow us to measure the ocular curvatures outside the cornea. The SMAP allows us to do this. Read More

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EyePrint Pro

EyePrintPro technology creates a scleral lens based on a mold of the cornea. The molding is accurate to 1 or 2 microns and fits perfectly because it exactly mirrors the irregularities of the individual corneal surface. The technology is well suited for post-Lasik, Keratoconus, RK, eye injury, and corneal transplant patients. Read More in this PDF about EyePrintPro Scleral Lens Technology

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