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Silicon Valley Eye Physicians Sunnyvale – 80-Year old Keratoconus patient discovers scleral lenses

So how did you come to worst scleral lens?

Yes, I was diagnosed with Keratoconus in 1976 when I was 36 years old.

I've been wearing contact lenses for at least 10, 15 years before them.

When I was diagnosed and I originally went to the Institute for Sight Foundation in Boston, with Dr. Perry Rosenthal, who was a great, great, research guy.

Anyway, make a long story short. He diagnosed me with a deficit, diagnosed with keratoconus and started fitting me with whatever the most current contact lens was at some time, because he was in the process of developing that.

But after a number of years, it still just got worse and more difficult for me to find the lens that would fit. It was either too shallow. So it would rub and irritate the cornea, or it was too had too much curvature that it would just fall off.

I couldn't keep it in. And my vision is so dependent upon that contact lens cause I only had one eye with vision and it was just a frustration year after year pain, a lot of pain, but so forth. And so on.

Then I heard about the scleral and I moved to this part of California and I started doing some research and I saw that you were, Dr. Mendelson, actually prescribing sclerals. (I) came here. He did. It's been a miracle for however many, five, four or five years for the first time in my adult life. And I'm 80 years old for the first time. I've been able to just really enjoy being out and seeing things without pain.