11. August 2012 08:26
Traditionally, keratoconus patients have been mainly treated with rigid gas permeable contact lenses. However, there are a number of new soft contact lenses designed especially for such patients and eye care practitioners are using them more and more often.
According to Dr Mark André, an associate professor of optometry at Pacific University, Forest Grove, the development of new, sophisticated materials makes modern soft contact lenses a great way to help patients suffering from keratoconus.
As the expert states, many patients are looking for contact lenses that are more comfortable than conventional GP lenses. In addition, they often need lenses that can be used all day long, without the need to replace them with another means of vision correction in the afternoon or in the evening. New soft contacts meet these criteria, Dr André states.
Lately, manufacturers launched two new brands of soft contact lenses for keratoconus, NovaKone (offered by Alden Optical) and KeraSoft IC (manufactured by Bausch + Lomb). Both of them provide excellent vision and comfort, and Dr André recommends them to most keratoconus patients.