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Date: Wed May 21 12:38 PM, 2014
Prk + CXL
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There are so many options...however what gets me is that its a "rare" condition, which shows that the approach required is a very custom treatment approach for each and everyone of us.



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Date: Tue Sep 23 12:56 PM, 2014
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Update: I found a good optometrist in Dunwoody, Ga. I saw Judson Briggs of Judson vision last week. He tried several different lenses on me and is ordering a pair of NovaKones for me to try. It may come to pass that my LE may only need a thicker toric. Also he measured my cornea and my left eye is very symmetrical he said that normal curvature is 54 and mine is 59. So that's a very long way from the "whacked out" cornea I started with. The RE is not as symmetrical and more steep, but no surprises. It's been my "bad eye" for a long time now. It also has some haze from scarring due to 23 year wear of RGPs What really makes me happy is that he tried a pair of RGPs on me and I did not gain any benefits in vision from these. So I will not be compromising any BCVA by wearing the more comfortable soft lens. I am excited to try these new lens when they arrive!

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Date: Tue Sep 23 10:27 PM, 2014
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Georgiagirl,

Generally lots of people who dont have KC, do not see 20/20 as well. Many will have a weaker eye also. Its not uncommon and in KC definitely not!

As lkong as there is some vision, with both eyes open, you cant really tell there is a weaker eye.

There will be a period of adjusting when you get new lenses (glasses or contact lenses). That is common also.

I hope you get to wear your new Novacone (soft) lenses soon. That is a great option your able to have, since your eyes (out of your own courage) are in better shape, than before.

Keep us posted!

Wayne



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Date: Thu Sep 25 2:18 AM, 2014
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Wayne thank you for the kind, encouraging words! Despite the struggles I do think it was the right thing to get the procedure. it is such a relief to not have the ticking time bomb of KC progression hanging over me any longer.

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Date: Sat Mar 14 12:53 PM, 2015
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Dear fellow KCers. I thought I would update you on my journey in getting a good Rx for me! Dr. Briggs has been an angel sent from heaven and has worked & worked with many options for me. I tried novakones but the lab sent only one instead of the two he ordered so I auickly gave up on them. I continued to wear whatever disposables were cloe enough that he issued to me on days I was around the house and my old RGPs when I had to. The discomfort for my RE was reminiscent of pre procedure & both eyes were red a lot. So we tried piggy back. This worked for awhile even though cleaning & keeping up with 2 sets of CL was a bother!!! But then my RE had a major allergic reaction to cat hair in November so I was out of lenses for a period of time. When I resumed wear my vision/eyes would get floaty & gummy most of the day. Then January 1 I contracted a viral eye infection!!!! So once again back to my less than good glasses for awhile. My ophthalmologist put me on the pred forte and my RE cleared up

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Date: Sat Mar 14 1:12 PM, 2015
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To CONTINUE: miraculously cleared up a good bit!!! however, I could no longer tolerate nor see well with the piggy back method. So I requested to retry Kerasoft (I had trailed these early on without success). He decided to try to correct one eye at a time instead of together. This seemed to be the ticket for me!!! He trailed a Acuvue Moist in my LE that worked very well!!! He introduced me to his partner and spoke with several colleagues to get fresh ideas regarding my fittings as well. Dr. Brice had suggested Biofinity. So he fit my RE later with this and it worked best of any soft including the kerasoft!!! I am now going to go with Biofinity in both eyes for 6 months and get rechecked. These are so comfortable. I can wear these 12-13 hours with great success. I do believe there is not much difference from the Acuvue Moist with these in my LE but am going with it for ease. I am so excited and happy! It has taken so long to reach this point!!! There are trade offs. I am still affected by the wash out from fluorescent lighting and gray days but less so. But I do keep telling myself that RGPs were not perfect all those years and very painful a lot of the time. Also, I have renewed excitement and relief about undergoing the T-PRK + CXL. So those struggling and in despair please know that some of us take longer and just hang in there!!! BTW, I am corrected 20/30 LE and 20/40 RE with these. I am very happy with the results!

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Date: Sun Mar 15 1:25 AM, 2015
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Congrats GG on your success! I think you may see even better, even if only slightly more,  once you get used to the new vision

The final judge to treatment is the patient.

This does seem to be the best compromise when its always about a compromise. The least invasive way too.

Are Biofinity soft lenses made specifically for KC ? I think I have heard of them, but not sure.

 



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Date: Sun Mar 15 2:39 AM, 2015
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Wayne, Biofinity is soft CL for astigmatism, not specialty for KC. That's why I'm so excited. My surgeon had said this, but I was in despair that it would ever be true. But it is!!! It's been a long bumpy road and I believe there will be more changes. But so far it's been progression, slow but in the right direction.

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