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TOPIC: Airline Pilot's PRK and Crosslinking Experience
zk


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Date: Mon Nov 22 7:57 PM, 2010
RE: Airline Pilot's PRK and Crosslinking Experience
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Hey all and Hi DEFPOTEC

good to hear from you

If I do prk, they will have to remove around 100 microns so not the best thing for a keratoconus patient with an already cross linked cornea because they are afraid that they will be removing a lot of the cross linked tissue.

I am currently taking mild steroid drops for the haze. My corneal haze is now in the trace haze area (causes night vision problems but does not affect refraction).

I am looking forward to any new information about the keraflex procedure and I hope maybe one day I can do that. I am a candidate for intacs (need 1 intac per eye) but I am not considering that option now.

Looking forward to reading your updates everyone!

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Date: Wed Nov 24 1:52 AM, 2010
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hey well i just got my other eye crosslinked as well, and got some plugs for my dry eyes. So i will simply wait now and hope everything gets better.

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yea hopefully toric icl get approved by new years or the keraflex shows good results I have never been a fan of the intact procedure. good to hear from you ZK

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Date: Fri Nov 26 8:22 PM, 2010
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Hello Mark, willy ou be doing prk on top of cxl or you prefer the toric icl implants?

Personally I want to wait for a few years to see what keraflex promises and then Ill see if its for me depending on the benefits and risks.

Isnt toric icl already approved in canada though?

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Date: Sun Nov 28 3:40 PM, 2010
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Hey zk I doubt I will be a candidate for the prk since my eyes are very thin especially my right eye. The toric is an option I just started researching as well seems it will fit me better. When I called the company they said it was approved in some parts of canada(so may go there for the procedure in due time) but like you I'm going to wwait for a while. Since my eyes were just x linked save up some money and do some more research hopefully by a year or 2 there will be more options or my eye will become more suitable for the treatmens( I. Prefer good vision with no intacts or imp,antable contact in my eye!

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Abd this is my cell number 404 512 7598 anyone feel free to text or call. Always open to tlk bout kc

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I had CXL with Dr. Trattler last week and asked him about Topographical PRK and I believe he mentioned you when he said that it may be an option for me.  Told me that the there was an airline pilot that had advanced KC like myself but not as bad as my left eye but worse than my right eye.  He told me that this pilot had great success with topographic PRK in Canada.  I glad you shared your story and Dr. Trattler shares your story with other KC patients.

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Theres a ton of info in this thread and it's been very helpful. I'm glad I found this site.

I'm 20 years old and I was diagnosed with KC in September of 2009. It's been very discouraging since I want to be a commercial pilot but the FAA requires 20/20 corrected vision for a first class medical. Currently with RGP lenses I have approx 20/30 right, 20/25 left. But my left eye can't receive an appropriate fit with the lenses so light sources give off a horrible glare. I can no longer drive at night because of this. I had PTK with EPI scraping done on Tuesday to remove scar tissue from my left eye.

That was done because it may help in fitting a lens that won't suffer from glare. I go in tomorrow morning to see how it's been healing and to possibly have the clear contact patch removed.

Now I've been VERY interested in having CXL done. The risks are minimal, it stops KC from progressing and may bump my best corrected vision to the 20/20 I need it to be. I was also under the impression the it was much more affordable than say intacs. I talked with someone who had it done in Europe and said the procedure itself cost about $800 per eye. So I looked around and found a local practice that was doing CXL trials here in the US... to my surprise they quoted me at $2,400 per eye!

I'm not sure what to do from here. I know a lot of people on here have had there CXL done in Canada. How much did it cost? (CAD or USD). What doctor(s) did you use? I'm willing to travel but I'd like to keep it to the north-east of north america (canada/new england/central east coast). I'm very interested in what people on here might suggest.

Thanks in advance!

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