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by Lynn White
Sat 21 Dec 2013 3:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum
Topic: Crosslinking didn't stop my Keratoconus
Replies: 8
Views: 3857

Re: Crosslinking didn't stop my Keratoconus

HI Buzain Just to explain to others who may not know what T-CAT is.... This procedure is a laser correction to improve refractive error done at the same time as CXL. This has two ramifications: 1) The procedure does involve removing some corneal tissue, as any PRK procedure does, and therefore will ...
by Lynn White
Sat 21 Dec 2013 2:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum
Topic: oxygen to the eye
Replies: 3
Views: 1070

Re: oxygen to the eye

Hi Lou It doesn't really simply depend on the contact lens type - it depends on the design and the material. For example, RGP's are called that because RGP stands for R igid G as P ermeable. The actual correct terminology for these kind of lenses is "corneal" and when they were first inven...
by Lynn White
Sat 27 Apr 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum
Topic: Guide to Submitting a Claim for PIP
Replies: 24
Views: 14440

Re: Guide to Submitting a Claim for PIP

Just to clarify, my post was a general question to everyone in order to see whether they thought they felt they had a visual disability. This is actually a different question as to whether one copes with that disability. To be very clear, and this is directed purely at the forum, not to any individu...
by Lynn White
Sat 27 Apr 2013 6:36 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum
Topic: Guide to Submitting a Claim for PIP
Replies: 24
Views: 14440

Re: Guide to Submitting a Claim for PIP

Lousie makes some excellent points. As a professional, who has been involved in Low Vision Committees, as well as managing patients with KC, my opinion is that our society has failed to keep up with the change in meaning of the term visual disablility over the decades. The current definitions are ov...
by Lynn White
Mon 15 Apr 2013 8:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum
Topic: KC in one eye, 20/20 in other. Surgery?
Replies: 19
Views: 2859

Re: KC in one eye, 20/20 in other. Surgery?

Oops...... I should follow posts more closely! I'll try and catch up. I have had the opportunity to follow up CXL and KC patients for a while and I would suggest the following: Before patients start to progress, their corneas start to fluctuate. I call it "trampolining" because the cornea ...
by Lynn White
Mon 15 Apr 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum
Topic: When was Corneal ectasia "known""?
Replies: 6
Views: 1333

Re: When was Corneal ectasia "known""?

This is a very thorny question. It's a mixture of real lack of knowledge and reluctance to admit their are issues. As an optometrist who specialises in keratoconus and ectasia, I find that a patient generally can become ectasic 6 or 7 years post LASIK. Sometimes, in retrospect, an issue can be seen ...
by Lynn White
Sun 07 Apr 2013 7:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum
Topic: Eye charities and welfare benefits
Replies: 11
Views: 3812

Re: Eye charities and welfare benefits

Hi Louise Re the Dundee study... good point. To explain: This is purely a snapshot and reflects that people with KC tend to try and keep in work when they can. The study was conducted between 1997 and 2000 which was at a time when we had a much better economic climate. This data also does not reflec...
by Lynn White
Sun 07 Apr 2013 9:28 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum
Topic: Eye charities and welfare benefits
Replies: 11
Views: 3812

Re: Eye charities and welfare benefits

Hi Lou I know we are now talking offline but I think we should also keep this going here. As you say, mental health aspects are very important, simply because this is a huge part of the assessments. Optometrists and reporting Unfortunately, optometrists are not used to this sort of interaction. Thei...
by Lynn White
Sat 06 Apr 2013 10:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum
Topic: 22 Years On.. and its Advice Time!
Replies: 14
Views: 4029

Re: 22 Years On.. and its Advice Time!

Just adding a few points to the excellent responses here. There is no easy answer to this. The cheapest option and best of a difficult situation would be just to go with CXL in both eyes, starting with the left. As has been said, there are NHS hospitals doing this now but its a case of getting PCT f...
by Lynn White
Fri 05 Apr 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum
Topic: Eye charities and welfare benefits
Replies: 11
Views: 3812

Re: Eye charities and welfare benefits

Lou/Chris Excellent thread. Visual issues are generally misunderstood by the "system", which likes the definition of disability to be cut and dried. For instance, while trying to determine what advice is given to professionals at DWP, the only real indication of vision problems in the list...

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