Q1. Is Keratoconus eye disease hereditary? A1. Genetics are supposed to play a part in transmission of this disease.
Q2. Neither my parents nor my grand parents had the disease. Why did I get it? A2. Your grandparents may have had subtle disease. In those times diagnostic equipment to detect this sight threatening disease did not exist. There is also a possibility that your disease may be a new mutation. Finally there is a chance it may be not be hereditary.
Q3. Besides genes is there any cause for getting Keratoconus? A3. Rubbing the eye is a major culprit. In fact there is a school of thought that this is the major common pathway for progression. So please do not tub your eyes.
Q. Does vision insurance like VSP or Spectra cover surgical treatment of keratoocnus? A. VSP covers for contact lens like scleral contact lens for improving vision in keratoconus eyes. They do not reimburse for cornea cross linking or intacs.
Q. Which medical insurance covers cxl for keratoconus? A. Many medical insurances have started reimbursing for prevention of progression of keratoconus. An important caveat is that the surgeon has to be certified to use FDA approved riboflavin. Currently Avedro Photrexa is the only FDA approved.
Q.If I have a high deductible, can I still have cxl? A. Yes you may even use affordable monthly payment plans.
Q. Can i use my flex or HSA plan towards my keratoconus eye procedure. A. Since this is a medically necessary procedure you can pay for it by HSA or FLEX funds.