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The 2 most common questions I hear on a daily basis in the CLEI Center for Keratoconus are:

  1. Is my keratoconus getting worse?
  2. Do/Will I need a cornea transplant?

Clearly, these concerns are on the minds of many patients affected by keratoconus. I have had patients break down in tears over the mere thought of a corneal transplant. What are the facts when it comes to corneal transplants?

Keratoconus 3 month post op penetrating keratoplasty: photo: Gelles, J.

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John Gelles
Dr. Gelles is the director of the specialty contact lens division at the Cornea and Laser Eye Institute-Hersh Vision Group and the CLEI Center for Keratoconus in Teaneck, New Jersey. Dr. Gelles’ clinical work is dedicated exclusively to specialty contact lenses and surgical co-management with focus on corneal disease (emphasis in keratoconus), ocular surface disease, and post-surgical corneal conditions. Dr. Gelles is also the Chief Emerging Technology Officer at EyeCareLive, where his work involves identifying and developing technologies to be incorporated into the companies eyecare specific telemedicine platforms, which are purpose-built by eyecare professionals for eyecare professionals to strengthen the doctor-patient relationship and improve clinical outcomes. He is a Fellow in the International Academy of Orthokeratology, a Fellow of the Contact Lens Society of America, and a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and is an adjunct clinical instructor for State University of New York College of Optometry and New England College of Optometry. Additionally, he is an optometric consultant, active in clinical research, and is involved in multiple academies, societies, and associations.


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