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Treatment of Keratoconus in Germany

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Cost for treatment

Diagnosis of keratoconus
447
Treatment of keratoconus with circular keratotomy
2174
Treatment of keratoconus with corneal transplantation
4871

University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

The University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich was founded in 1834. It combines long traditions with the very latest advances in modern medicine. The medical facility includes 33 specialized departments and 20 interdisciplinary centers, where patients can receive top-class medical care in all medical fields. The hospital annuall
Diagnosis of keratoconus
2176 help1826
Treatment of keratoconus with circular keratotomy
8889 help7739
Treatment of keratoconus with corneal transplantation
16311 help14761

University Hospital Ulm

8.7/10
location_onGermany, Ulm

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

The University Hospital Ulm started its activities 35 years ago and during this time it has become one of the most prestigious medical institutions in Europe. The hospital is famous for its numerous discoveries and the world-class achievements in medicine and pharmaceuticals. The medical facility has 29 specialized departments a
Diagnosis of keratoconus
1821
Treatment of keratoconus with circular keratotomy
7794
Treatment of keratoconus with corneal transplantation
14681

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10
location_onGermany, Frankfurt am Main

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the reputable Focus magazine, the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital was founded in 1914 and today is a well-known German medical facility, which combines rich traditions and scientific innovations. A medical team of more than 6,500 employees cares about
Diagnosis of keratoconus
1730
Treatment of keratoconus with circular keratotomy
7266
Treatment of keratoconus with corneal transplantation
13804

Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the Charite University Hospital Berlin occupies the first place in the rating of the top German medical facilities! The hospital is one of the largest and leading university medical complexes in Europe. The hospital in Germany provides modern diagnostics and treatment of patients, a
Diagnosis of keratoconus
2295
Treatment of keratoconus with circular keratotomy
9980
Treatment of keratoconus with corneal transplantation
20255

University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Muenster

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Muenster ranks among the top German hospitals! The hospital belongs to the most prestigious medical institutions in Germany. The hospital is distinguished by a high professionalism of its doctors, state-of-the-art technological equipment and the availability of the most ad
Diagnosis of keratoconus
1743
Treatment of keratoconus with circular keratotomy
7315
Treatment of keratoconus with corneal transplantation
13662

University Hospital Erlangen

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Erlangen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the Focus magazine, University Hospital Erlangen ranks among the best medical facilities in Germany! The hospital is one of the leading healthcare facilities in Bavaria and offers top-class medical care distinguished by the close intertwining of clinical activities with research and training of medical students. The
Diagnosis of keratoconus
1810
Treatment of keratoconus with circular keratotomy
7793
Treatment of keratoconus with corneal transplantation
14737

University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Hamburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf ranks among the top ten hospitals in Germany! Since its foundation in 1889, the hospital has taken a leading position in the European medical arena and still occupies it until today. A highly competent medical team of more than 11,000 employees takes care
Diagnosis of keratoconus
2223
Treatment of keratoconus with circular keratotomy
9266
Treatment of keratoconus with corneal transplantation
17638

University Hospital RWTH Aachen

8.9/10
location_onGermany, Aachen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital RWTH Aachen ranks among the top German hospitals! As a maximum care university medical facility, the hospital guarantees patients first-class medical services combined with a respectful and human attitude. The hospital integrates all the modern options for the
Diagnosis of keratoconus
1852
Treatment of keratoconus with circular keratotomy
8016
Treatment of keratoconus with corneal transplantation
15225

University Hospital Würzburg

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Würzburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the Focus magazine in 2019, the University Hospital Würzburg ranks among the top national German hospitals! The hospital is one of the oldest medical facilities in Germany. The centuries-old traditions of first-class treatment are combined with the very latest achievements of modern evidence-based medicine and
Diagnosis of keratoconus
1732
Treatment of keratoconus with circular keratotomy
7383
Treatment of keratoconus with corneal transplantation
13656

University Hospital Bonn

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Bonn

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the University Hospital Bonn ranks among the top ten medical facilities in Germany! The hospital was opened on January 1, 2001, although in fact it inherits the medical facility, which operated at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bonn. The hospital in Germany combin
Diagnosis of keratoconus
1880
Treatment of keratoconus with circular keratotomy
7962
Treatment of keratoconus with corneal transplantation
15334

University Hospital Jena

8.9/10
location_onGermany, Jena

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital Jena regularly ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital has positioned itself as a multidisciplinary medical facility with a long history of more than 200 years. Since its foundation, the hospital has been constantly developing and modernizin
Diagnosis of keratoconus
1593
Treatment of keratoconus with circular keratotomy
6740
Treatment of keratoconus with corneal transplantation
12093

University Hospital Halle (Saale)

9.6/10
location_onGermany, Halle

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital Halle (Saale) ranks among the top German medical facilities! The history of the hospital has more than 300 years, and during this time it managed to earn an excellent reputation not only in Germany, but throughout the world. The hospital positions itself as a s
Diagnosis of keratoconus
1760
Treatment of keratoconus with circular keratotomy
7380
Treatment of keratoconus with corneal transplantation
13849

University Hospital Marburg UKGM

8.6/10
location_onGermany, Marburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

The University Hospital Marburg UKGM offers patients modern diagnostics and comprehensive therapy at the international level. As a maximum care hospital, the medical facility specializes in all fields of modern medicine ranging from ophthalmology to traumatology and dentistry. The main areas of specialization of the hospital are
Diagnosis of keratoconus
1691
Treatment of keratoconus with circular keratotomy
7048
Treatment of keratoconus with corneal transplantation
12981

University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

10/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich is regularly ranked among the best medical institutions in Germany! The hospital is the largest multidisciplinary medical facility, as well as a leading research and training center in Germany and Europe. The hospital is proud of i
Diagnosis of keratoconus
1861
Treatment of keratoconus with circular keratotomy
7978
Treatment of keratoconus with corneal transplantation
15133

University Hospital Duesseldorf

9.5/10
location_onGermany, Duesseldorf

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the University Hospital Duesseldorf ranks among the top Germany hospitals! The hospital is an excellent example of a combination of high-quality health care, research and teaching activities. With more than 50,000 inpatients and about 300,000 outpatients every year, the hospital is
Diagnosis of keratoconus
1842
Treatment of keratoconus with circular keratotomy
8148
Treatment of keratoconus with corneal transplantation
15478

University Hospital Tuebingen

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Tuebingen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology

According to the prestigious medical publication Focus, the University Hospital Tuebingen ranks among the top five German hospitals! The hospital was founded in 1805, therefore it is proud of its long history, unique experience, and outstanding achievements in the field of medical care, as well as research and teaching activitie
Diagnosis of keratoconus
1836
Treatment of keratoconus with circular keratotomy
7726
Treatment of keratoconus with corneal transplantation
14284
| from Booking Health GmbH

Keratoconus is a degeneration of the cornea, it’s a thinning of it with the conical reshaping. This is the most common form of corneal dystrophy. The disease gradually progresses and leads to visual impairment. The disease is successfully treated in Germany. Doctors utilize minimally invasive procedures and surgical interventions that have the ability to deal with even the most severe forms of keratoconus.

Content

  1. Diagnostics
  2. Conservative treatment
  3. Invasive procedures
  4. Surgical treatment

Whenever possible, keratoconus is treated with minimally invasive procedures. The most common of these is crosslinking. Eye care professionals rarely resort to a stromal ring implantation. In severe keratoconus, a corneal transplant may be performed.

You can undergo treatment in one of the following hospitals: University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich, University Hospital Ulm or Charite University Hospital Berlin.

If you are going to have keratoconus treatment in Germany, Booking Health will be very helpful to you. The specialists of our company will advise you on the choice of an eye clinic and a doctor, recommend a method for treating your keratoconus and make you an appointment, help you apply for a visa and prepare your documents and also arrange flights and accommodation for the period of your treatment. In Germany, you will be accompanied by an interpreter and for any questions you may have, you can contact your medical coordinator.

Diagnostics

 

The main symptom of keratoconus is severe myopia. A person does not see objects which are located far away.

Doctors in Germany use the following examinations for keratoconus diagnostics:

  • Corneal biomicroscopy with dyes; 
  • Pachymetry – optical or ultrasound, this involves measuring corneal thickness; 
  • Keratometry – doctors measure the curvature of the anterior corneal surface; 
  • Corneal topography – the formation of a topographic map of not only the anterior but also the posterior corneal surface;
  • Optical coherence tomography – this is often used after a corneal transplant to assess the results of a surgical intervention.

Conservative treatment

 

In case of keratoconus, doctors set themselves two tasks: 

  • To improve vision if it is impaired;
  • To slow down the progression of the disease. 

Since the effect of keratoconus on the corneal shape and stromal thinning is uneven, vision correction with glasses or spherical and toric soft contact lenses, does not provide high visual acuity. Such therapy is appropriate only in the early stages of keratoconus.

Custom-made soft contact lenses are more effective but their ability to correct vision is limited. The best vision correction is provided by rigid lenses, which can be used even when the keratoconus is severe. Rigid contact lenses are not well tolerated by some patients and can often cause side effects.

Invasive procedures

 

Patients usually require invasive treatment. It helps strengthen the cornea, reduce the risk of further deformity, and improve vision.

Crosslinking is one of the main methods of keratoconus treatment in Germany. This is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require a lengthy recovery. Crosslinking strengthens tissues and stabilizes the cornea. First, doctors remove the surface corneal tissue with a laser. Riboflavin eye drops are then placed into the eyes and irradiated with ultraviolet light. During the rehabilitation period, the eyes are protected with soft lenses.

Stromal ring implantation is a minimally invasive treatment which helps smooth out corneal irregularities and improves vision. Doctors implant rings in the cornea that support its normal shape, acting as a framework. Such rings can remain in the eyes for several years. As the disease progresses, the procedure is repeated: the rings are either replaced with new ones or removed when switching to other treatment methods.

Surgical treatment

 

If the disease progresses rapidly and visual acuity decreases sharply and if it is impossible to achieve correction with minimally invasive techniques and lenses, then doctors will switch to a surgical treatment. This provides good long-term results and avoids any further vision deterioration.

Circular keratotomy is an incision along the circumference of the cornea, with subsequent suturing. As a result, the form is normalized and the manifestations of astigmatism are reduced. This leads to improved vision. The second positive effect of the operation is the strengthening of the cornea due to the formation of a dense scar. As a result, the progression of the disease slows.

A corneal transplant is the most effective surgical treatment of keratoconus. It is effective even for severe keratoconus. There are different transplant options available depending on the number of corneal layers to be transplanted. The transplant is divided into lamellar and penetrating. In recent years, there has been a trend towards an increase in the frequency of lamellar transplants, since this surgical procedure is more sparing and allows the achievement of treatment goals in a shorter time frame. Doctors usually transplant a donor, less often an artificial cornea. These operations are successfully combined with other treatments for keratoconus.

Contacting one of the clinics in Germany is a perfect option for restoring impaired vision due to keratoconus. You are invited to use the Booking Health website to find out the answers to your questions, such as, what is the price of treatment? The website will also help you when choosing the most suitable medical center and booking your treatment at the best price. When booking your treatment through the Booking Health service, prices are lower than when booking as an individual, as there is no overpricing for foreign patients. The cost of your treatment will not increase: you will receive an insurance that will protect you from any additional costs for medical care services, up to 200,000 EUR. Please leave your request on the website and the specialists of the Booking Health company will contact you to help with choosing a clinic and organizing your trip.

 

Authors: 

The article was edited by medical experts, board-certified doctors Dr. Nadezhda Ivanisova and Dr. Sergey Pashchenko. For the treatment of the conditions referred to in the article, you must consult a doctor; the information in the article is not intended for self-medication!

 

Sources:

International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Times

MedicineNet




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