Over 30 years ago this patient suffered severe trauma to his eyes and since then he has lived with poor vision. He has tried contact lenses and glasses, but they never provided him with good vision…. Until he met Dr. Azman!
“I pretty much had eye problems since, I think it started when I was probably 9 or 10. So I’ve always had to deal with glasses, contacts, what have you. Over the years, it just got worse. And come to find out, probably about six, seven years ago, I found out that I had keratoconus. Been to numerous physicians, I’d probably say eight in the last seven or eight years. Nothing like what I find here with Dr. Azman.” Keratoconus Dry Eye Contact Lens Treatment.
A keratoconus patient who had a corneal transplant was successfully fitted with scleral lenses which gave her great vision, comfort, and prevented her from a second transplant tells her story.
From the Desk of Dr. Benjamin Azman: The Importance of Annual Eye Exams
I want to share with all of you the following patient encounter I had this week, which underscores the importance of annual eye exams. Eye exams are not only a means to obtain glasses or contact lenses. They are also not only for those who wear glasses and contacts, but rather everyone should have their eye health evaluated every 1-2 years. Some more often.
The most important element of an eye exam is something called ophthalmoscopy, which is an intricate skill using a microscope, high powered lenses, and light to view the inner layer of the eye called the retina. The retina is a paper-thin layer of cells that’s responsible for processing vision. Damage to the retina can occur from disease or trauma, and often spontaneously. Luckily, early detection with ophthalmoscopy during a routine eye exam can allow a doctor to detect early signs of an impending problem, which can then be treated…..Read More
From the desk of Dr. Benjamin Azman:
I am very proud and passionate about what I do and I wanted to take a moment to share a story about my patient today and also explain to you what optometrists (eye doctors) do on a daily basis. We not only help restore vision to all kinds of patients, but every patient is given a full eye health exam, which includes looking for ( and often diagnosing) eye diseases as well as systemic health diseases ( diabetes, high blood pressure, tumors, etc.) We don’t just give you glasses to help you see, but we evaluate your eyes and your overall health. And very often we restore vision to people who are legally blind, save or prevent vision loss, and sometimes save lives.
One of my specialties is the management of a disease called keratoconus, which is where the front part of the eye, or the cornea, becomes extremely steep and thinned and causes blurry vision and visual distortions which glasses do not correct for. My patient today has had keratoconus for many years and has been struggling to see due to his loss of vision. As of today, he was officially legally blind with his vision being 20/400 ( barely able to see the big E on the chart). But today I restored his vision with the design of a custom scleral device/lens. This device acts as a prosthetic and recreates a smooth front surface on the eye. His vision went from 20/400 to 20/30 which is more than 10 x improvement in sight. He was very emotional and super excited to be getting his vision back. I see several patients a week like this and I enjoy each encounter and opportunity I have to help these people.
Dr. Azman: Case# 0023425-4
A new patient to our office, a doctor himself, who sees his eye doctor on a routine basis, continues to comment that he still cannot see well with his new glasses. After seeing three different eye doctors there was no diagnosis and the patient was still unhappy with his vision. After a very thorough examination with Dr. Azman, the patient is diagnosed with mild keratoconus. With proper keratoconus treatments, the patient will have clear consistent vision with no glare! #ExcellentEyeCare #GreatVision #Keratoconus #NoDiagnosis
Diagnosed with Keratoconus many years ago. Initially she was prescribed glasses, but still had problems with her vision. Many years later she was told about the options of intacts, and other things, but first had to have Crosslinking (CXL). She was referred to Dr. Azman who was successful with providing her with great vision!
Keratoconus Specialists of Maryland
2219 York Road, Suite 102, Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland 21093
The anguished and dubious task of finding a doctor who could help me with my condition ended when I found Dr Benjamin Azman.
I was diagnosed in 2013 with advanced case of keratoconus. I was a freshman pharmacy student. I had always worn strong prescription of glasses but I knew something was different. Changing my glasses didn’t work anymore. I was exhausted after reading for half an hour and driving at night quickly became a challenge. I was having hard time judging how far the oncoming cars were. The increasing light sensitivity and headache became unbearable.. desperate for a solution or a new pair of glasses, I booked an appointment with Dr Macedo of Washington Eye Physicians and Surgeons for an evaluation for potential Lasik surgery. She diagnosed me with advanced keratoconus in less than 30 minutes of consultation and referred me. I was greatly surprised that no one had come to this diagnosis before. I reach out to many eye specialists but they wouldn’t deal with my insurance and couldn’t afford the fees. I was a student with a state insurance. I had many stories of inconvenience. I began to educate myself about KC, how to cope with it and who could help me. I was referred by my insurance to a local optometrist. She switched me to the rigid gas permeable lenses. While I could see fairly well with RGP, they were pure misery. Extremely painful, forcing me to take them in and out. They irritated my eyes badly I became so light sensitive. I remember spending time in a dark room with sunglasses on. She eventually switched to scleral lenses, which provided me with some relieve after weeks, months of fitting, trial and error. Couple of weeks after my fitting was completed, I began having good days and bad days.
As I continued to research, I came across Dr Azman practice. At first I was hesitant. I didn’t know who to trust with vision, I was tired of experimental procedure or hearing that my only option was corneal transplant. It took me a year to make up my mind. On my appointment day, I walked in with a swollen right eye for which I was on moxifloxacin eye drop for over a month with no improvement. I was beyond impressed by the service I received. The receptionist, Barbara was always very patient with me and accommodating. Dr Azman discussed with me his plan in detail and answered all my questions. He didn’t believe I had an infection. He explained that the inflammation and irritation was a response to stress from my unfitted contact lenses. He took me off the antibiotic and the fitting process began with scleral lenses. I was amazed to see how well equipped Dr Azman was. There were so may options of shape and form of lenses not to mention that the exam room was equipped with high tech computer for mapping or measuring your cornea. The first moment moment I try my new lenses on I knew it was the answer I had been searching for. They were super comfortable and I had a decent vision. The inflammation in my eye resolved within 2 weeks. It was a life changing. I can wear them for over 20 hours during long trip abroad without felling any discomfort. I have minimal light sensitivity and glare at night that I can easily correct with sunglasses.
I can’t conclude without acknowledging the genuine care of the technicians at Dr Azman office. Joanna and Stephanie were so helpful and very friendly. Joanna took the time to practice with me how to insert and remove my contact with ease and that have made a huge difference in my life. The fear and pain from scratching corneal are gone! I have nothing but high esteem for Dr Benjamin Azman and his team. I am blessed to have a manageable case of KC and access to good medical care.
M. Gakku, Maryland