Category Archives: Keratoconus

Keratoconus: Corneal Transplant, RGP lenses, Hybrid lenses, to PVR PROSE Scleral lenses 20/20

This patient was diagnosed with Keratoconus in 1988. He went to the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Clinic and to many other doctors who were unsuccessful in treating him. He was prescribed RGP, Rigid Gas Permeable lenses – they were very uncomfortable and often they would pop out of his eyes. After failing with RGP lenses he was told he needs to have a corneal transplant. In 1999 he had the corneal transplant surgery. In the years to follow he was always told that the transplant was successful, but his vision had not improved. As time went on, he tried other lens options such as hybrid lenses, which again were very uncomfortable and didn’t last long. His doctor suggested that he see a scleral lens specialist – Dr. Irwin Azman. Dr. Azman prescribed him with PVR PROSE custom scleral lenses, which now provides him with 20/20 vision! After 30 years of poor vision he can finally enjoy the gift of sight.

Advanced Keratoconus

I have what is called advanced keratoconus which requires me to wear a special contact lens. Before I was diagnosed I wore glasses just never wanted to wear contacts because I was scared, I’m very weird about touching my eyes, I kept rescheduling my appointments and Dr. Azman and his staff kept calling for me to come in, I was just afraid of the thought of inserting contacts I didn’t think I could do it, I believed that I could get glasses instead of the contacts, didn’t happen. My vision deteriorated so quickly I had to go in, let me say The Azman team are the friendliest, most professional group of people that I’ve met in a long time, Joanne worked with me until I was comfortable with putting the contacts in and taking them out, she was patient and even called to check on me, I have two different lenses that I insert. At home I did everything Joanne said to do and I have no problems. I am so glad I made it into the office. When Dr. Benjamin Azman put my lenses in and I could see clearly for the first time in a long time I cried …Dr. Benjamin was so awesome! Thank you so much !! Azman is my eye care specialist for life!!

Advanced Kerataconus

I have advanced Keratoconus requiring special contacts which can be very difficult to fit. Dr. Irwin is without a doubt the most knowledgeable doctor I have seen in the 37 years I have had KC. When fitting me with contacts, the process cannot be rushed and Dr. Irwin did not rush, even though I had flown in from outside of thkeratoconuse U.S. and only had 10 days to get things right. His staff was A+ and the whole experience was far above my experience with other nationally known U.S. doctors who treat KC.

 

If I was a regular patient without any unusual complications I would probably find a practitioner who accepts insurance or is less expensive. But my case is complicated and complicated is what this practice does best. While expensive, long term I have no doubt that Dr. Irwin has saved me money and given me many more years of comfortable vision, the latter being something other doctor’s were not able to do.

Janet S. El Salvador