Keratoconus care at Mayo Clinic
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Mayo Clinic eye doctors (ophthalmologists) provide comprehensive care for people who seek answers about conditions and diseases of their eyes, including keratoconus. Ophthalmologists trained in treating children with eye conditions (pediatric ophthalmologists) may work with doctors trained in the general care of children (pediatricians) and other areas to care for children with eye conditions.
Advanced diagnosis and treatment
Mayo Clinic ophthalmologists diagnose keratoconus using advanced technology to evaluate your condition. An evaluation may include a test to measure the curve of the cornea (keratometry), computerized corneal mapping and other tests.
Mayo Clinic ophthalmologists have expertise in treating keratoconus with many therapies, including rigid, gas permeable contact lenses, scleral contact lenses, hybrid lenses, cornea transplant and corneal cross-linking. Treatment depends on the progression of your condition.
Keratoconus generally starts to affect people between the ages of 10 and 25, and the condition can progress more rapidly in younger children. Mayo Clinic doctors specially trained in the management of cornea diseases care for children with keratoconus, including treatment with corneal collagen cross-linking.
Expertise and rankings
Mayo Clinic eye doctors (ophthalmologists) have extensive experience and training in the treatment of cornea diseases, such as keratoconus, and other eye conditions. Each year they see more than 400 people with keratoconus.
Mayo Clinic eye researchers continue to study new diagnostic tests and treatments for eye conditions, including keratoconus. Eye specialists in the Department of Ophthalmology are involved in national multicenter studies, clinical studies conducted at Mayo Clinic and basic science research. Read more about research in ophthalmology.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked high performing for ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report.
Locations, travel and lodging
Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.
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Costs and insurance
Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.
In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.
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