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Beverly Hills, California

Eyeglasses or soft contact lenses may be used to correct the mild nearsightedness and astigmatism that is caused in the early stages of keratoconus. As the disorder progresses and the cornea continues to thin and change shape, rigid gas permeable contact lenses can be prescribed to correct vision more adequately. The contact lenses must be carefully fitted and frequent checkups and lens changes may be needed to achieve and maintain good vision. Contact lenses are the primary treatment and are satisfactory treatment for most patients with keratoconus. Intacs is a good option when eyes become intolerant to contact lenses. This may help delay or avoid the need for a corneal transplantation. Severe cases may require corneal transplantation. Conductive keratoplasty may be an option sometimes. The energy shrinks the edges of the cornea, which pulls the central area back to a more normal shape. If there is contact lens intolerance or unsatisfactory vision, intacs are an option.

Expectations (prognosis)

In most cases vision can be corrected with gas-permeable contact lenses. Intacs are an office-based procedure with quick recovery like in LASIK surgery. Where corneal transplantation is needed, results are usually good after a long recovery period.

If you are interested in keratoconus but are unsure which treatment is best for you, call or email to schedule your consultation with Dr. Khanna at the Khanna Institute today.


Dr. Khanna serves eye care patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Orange County, California. This site is for informational purposes about keratoconus causes and prevention only. It is not intended to be medical advice for those seeking keratoconus treatment, but to provide information about the Los Angeles, California LASIK Surgeon, Doctor Rajesh Khanna, M.D.