21.07.2009

New contact lens for keratoconus launched

New contact lens for keratoconus launched

By Adrian Galbreth

A new contact lens has been unveiled for people who suffer from keratoconus.

California-based SynergEyes announced the product, called ClearKone, which it claims can help correct the sight of keratoconus victims.

The hybrid contact lenses have been cleared by the US Food and Drugs Administration, according to the manufacturer.

It is claimed that the contact lens is designed to fit better on the irregular shape of a cornea distorted by keratoconus and can "vault" over the eye surface"s peak, meaning there is more comfort.

The firm also said that patients have given a positive response.

Keratoconus is a condition that affects the shape of the cornea, making it thinner and more cone-shaped.

Sufferers may be especially sensitive to light, see things several times over or experience streaking in their vision.

They may also suffer from glare.

It may have a genetic predisposition and often runs in families.

As the cornea distorts, soft contact lenses or glasses may not be able to help.

by Alexa Kaczka


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