The Pentacam Comprehensive Eye Scanner is a rotating camera that photographs both the anterior (front) and posterior (back) surfaces and other areas of the cornea (the front part of the eye). The Pentacam Scanner’s main advantage is that it provides more precise measurements of the central cornea than any other ocular measurement instrument currently available.
The Pentacam has improved the ability of eye physicians to diagnose ocular conditions, especially the eye condition known as keratoconus, more accurately than in the past.
The Pentacam and Keratoconus
Keratoconus (also known as corneal ectasia) is a condition where the cornea gradually becomes thinner and steeper, causing it to bulge forward from the pressure of internal fluids inside the eye. Each case of keratoconus case is unique, so treatment is also highly customized.
Individuals with keratoconus may see multiple images and experience nearsightedness and astigmatism. Some experience mild symptoms and are unaware of having a vision disorder. Others have severe sight impairment that glasses or contacts cannot correct. In severe cases, surgery, various rigid lenses or surgical alternatives may be effective, including:
- Corneal Transplant
- Intacs (intraocular lenses)
- Conductive Keroplasty
- Soper lenses
- VIP Cone natural lens
- SoftPerm lenses
- Rose KT lens
- Soft K lens
Interestingly,The Pentacam Scanner offers eye physicians the confidence to rule out “false keratoconus positives” that may occur with traditional topographers, allowing physicians the freedom to offer LASIK and other refractive procedures to people who may have previously been considered poor candidates.
For cataract patients who have had previous refractive procedures, The Pentacam has proven invaluable in determining the intraocular lens power (IOL). The Pentacam is also instrumental in helping eye physicians understand phakic and piggyback IOL positioning.
The Pentacam Comprehensive Eye Scanner, when used with the IOL Master, offers patients safer and more precise LASIK and intraocular refractive procedures with better vision results.
Cherry Creek Eye Physicians and Surgeons offers comprehensive vision care and is always available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns. Please contact us for your private consultation.