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Contact Lenses for Keratoconus

Keratoconus ScanDuring the very early stages of keratoconus, eyeglasses or standard soft contact lenses can provide good vision . As the disease progresses, these simple forms of vision correction become inadequate and special contact lenses for keratoconus are required to achieve clear vision. The contact lenses function to “mask” the irregularity of the corneal surface by covering the irregular protrusion on the cornea and creating a new, smooth surface for light to focus through, thus increasing the quality of vision in comparison to the vision through glasses. The back surface of the lens is designed to fit the contour of the protrusion, much like fitting a hat to your head. A contact lens is the most highly effective way to manage the visual needs of someone with keratoconus and 90% of all cases can be managed this way indefinitely. For many years, the only contact lens option to improve vision for keratoconus was hard contact lenses, now referred to as gas permeable contact lenses. With advancements in contact lens technology, there are now many different types of contact lens options available and our skilled optometrists will narrow down which one is right for you.

New specialized gas permeable lens designs and manufacturing techniques have greatly improve vision and comfort compared to older gas permeable designs. In addition, specialty soft, hybrid, and scleral lenses are available, providing excellent visual results and improved comfort for patients intolerant to gas permeable lenses. Some of the highly customized designs used by the contact lens specialists at Chicago Cornea Consultants include among many others:

  • Rose-K designs (gas perm)
  • Dyna-Cone designs (gas perm)
  • Comfort Kone design (gas perm)
  • McGuire designs (gas perm)
  • Soper designs (gas perm)
  • Intra-Limbal design (large diameter gas perm)
  • HydroKone (soft lens)
  • Kerasoft IC (soft lens)
  • Synergeyes KC, Clear Kone, UltraHealth and UltraHealthFC designs (hybrid soft and gas perm combination)
  • ZenlensRC and Zenlens designs (scleral)
  • Onefit (scleral)
  • Onefit MED (scleral)
  • MSD (scleral)
  • Ampleye (scleral)
  • Jupiter (scleral)
  • BostonSight Scleral
  • “Piggy-back” lens systems (combinations of a soft lens with gas permeable lens fit over it)

In many instances, contact lenses are an excellent way to delay the need for surgical intervention. It is important for a patient with keratoconus to follow-up with his/her eye doctor in 6-12 month intervals or as recommended. Contact lenses are medical devices and the prescription is good for 12 months from the date prescribed.

Hybrid Contact Lenses for Keratoconus

SynergEyes hybrid lens for keratoconusHybrid contact lenses have a gas permeable center surrounded bu a soft lens periphery. The goal is to provide the crisp optics of a rigid gas permeable lens with the added comfort and positioning similar to a soft contact lens.  Synergeyes is a company that specializes in the development of hybrid contact lenses. As platinum Synergeyes fitters, our Optometrists have had very positive results using this lens technology to help numerous patients achieve clear vision, some of whom have been unsuccessful in other lens designs. Hybrid lenses are available in several different designs to benefit patients ranging from those with simple refractive error such as astigmatism or multifocal patients, to those with irregular corneas including keratoconus. 

Our doctors are skilled at fitting hybrid contact lenses and have access to the latest hybrid contact lens technology.

LASIK eye surgery is a procedure that is designed to reduce your dependency on eyeglasses and contact lenses. Here at Chicago Cornea Consultants, our LASIK surgeons and eye doctors use the latest in laser vision correction technology to ensure each patient receives optimal results.
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As leaders in the field of ophthalmology, we were among the first in the area to offer the advanced Alcon LenSx laser platform for cataract surgery. This exciting new technology allows our skilled ophthalmologists to make incredibly precise modifications, enhancing the patient experience.
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Traditionally, presbyopia, which happens to all of us as we age, has always meant glasses for clear reading vision. It's a condition not even correctable by laser vision correction. Luckily, there is an option. Refractive lens exchange allows patients a clear alternative to reading glasses and is capable of reducing or eliminating presbyopia by using an advanced multifocal intraocular lens.
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Keratoconus describes a cornea that weakens as collagen fibers deteriorate, causing the cornea to adapt a cone-like shape. Keratoconus can cause blurred vision, light sensitivity, glares, and decreased night vision. In its early stages, keratoconus may be treated with the use of prescription glasses or contact lenses. Keratoconus is also one of the most common reasons for corneal transplant, and one of the most successful. Call any of our offices and ask to speak to the Vision Correction Surgical Coordinator, or use the contact form below.
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It's estimated that a million or more Americans have glaucoma and don't even know it. People with glaucoma often do not experience any symptoms until they begin losing their peripheral vision. One of the scariest things about glaucoma is that it usually has no symptoms in the early stages, earning glaucoma the name "silent thief of sight." Anyone can be at risk, so it's important to have your vision regularly examined.
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At Chicago Cornea Consultants, our doctors take great care in maintaining ocular health for our patients. However, a number of our patients voice concerns regarding soft lines and wrinkles around the eyes and other regions of the face. We have responded by introducing cosmetic procedures like BOTOX® Cosmetic through our Chicago practice.
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Dry eye can result from a lack of sufficient production of your own natural tears, with an inability to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. This can cause mild to severe discomfort including itching, stinging and burning. Dry eyes are a common concern in Chicago, and the experienced team of corneal specialists at Chicago Cornea Consultants have the latest advancements in technology to treat dry eye.
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Contact lenses are medical devices which interact directly with the ocular surface of the eye. At Chicago Cornea Consultants, we provide exceptional care to ensure that you obtain the best possible vision with contact lenses that fit appropriately and maximize health benefits.
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