Keratoconus Patient from Venezuela 20/20 with GVR Scleral Lens

This is a photo of me standing next to my patient visiting from Caracas, Venezuela and her daughter. This lovely woman has suffered from very poor and often painful vision for over 60 years. When this patient first visited our office her visual acuity was 20/150 in her right eye and 20/300 in her left eye. For many years she was wearing hard contact lenses which would ofter pop out of her eyes and be very uncomfortable and often painful to wear. When we first looked at her eyes, both corneas were extremely irritated and scarred from her ill fitting contact lenses. Further into the examination we were able to diagnose both eyes with advanced keratoconus. This patient was never told that she had keratoconus and had never heard the word "keratoconus" before. Earlier this week we fit both of her eyes with GVR Scleral lenses which are allowing her to see clearly (20/20) and comfortably once again with all day lens wear. After she received her GVR Scleral lenses I asked her when was the last time she saw this clearly. Her answer was maybe when she was 8 years old. It is because of patients like this very nice lady that I keep on doing what I have been doing for over 45 years. I feel that it is a great privilege to have played a part in this patient's vision care. I expect her to be able to wear her scleral lenses for many years to come. She will never need to undergo corneal transplant surgery.