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Posted by Lela on August 11, 2000 at 01:35:42:

In Reply to: Corneal dystrophies posted by Barbara on March 27, 2000 at 11:49:09:

: Has anybody else out there had experience with laser treatment for this condition (which includes Fuch's, map-dot-fingerprint and other types)? Most info on the net states the only treatment is a corneal transplant. I had a PTK - not to be confused with PRK -about a year ago, and it's worked well. Much less traumatic than the transplant, less expensive, shorter recovery time. BUT Medicare refuses to pay for part of the surgery. Surgeon's fee was reimbursed, but not expenses of the surgery center. That makes it hard for older patients to get the treatment. I was even told Medicare wouldn't allow me to pay for it out of pocket. As a result, I haven't been able to get the second eye done. Any solutions out there?


I have just learned that I need a corneal transplant and I am interested in knowing more about PTK. Sounds like it would be better than a corneal transplant. I have no idea what it would cost. I am also on Medicare. Where did you have yours done?

Lela



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