Keratoconus
is a progressive
eye disease.

Keratoconus

BREAKING NEWS!   FURLONG VISION CORRECTION IS NOW OFFERING FDA APPROVED CORNEAL CROSS LINKING TREATMENT FOR  KERATOCONUS PATIENTS

After a thorough clinical review and evaluation of the FDA approved Avedro KXL and Photrexa protocol for Corneal Cross-Linking (CXL), Dr. Michael Furlong and Dr. Mona Sane are now offering this FDA approved CXL treatment to patients who have been diagnosed with progressive Keratoconus (KC) and Ectasia. Diagnosis and testing is performed by Dr. Mona Sane and the procedure is offered in our clinic. Insurance coverage for the treatment is currently under review by most commercial insurance plans, however, Furlong Vision Correction will submit treatment pre-authorization requests to your insurance carrier for approval and reimbursement.  If you have been diagnosed with Keratoconus or suspect that you might have this condition, please contact our clinic at (408) 453-5600 to schedule an appointment for your consultation and testing. 

What is Keratoconus?

Normal eye shape versus keratoconusKeratoconus (KC) is a progressive disease that causes the degeneration and weakening of the structure of the cornea – the clear tissue that covers the front of the eye. A non-inflammatory disease that worsens over time, Keratoconus causes the normally round, dome-shaped cornea to thin, resulting in a cone-like bulge and progressive loss of vision. Corneal abnormalities severely affect everyday tasks like driving, watching television and reading. Patients with severe Keratoconus are unable to recognize even very close objects without glasses. With glasses or contacts, they usually achieve much better vision. However, in advanced cases they may not improve their vision beyond 20/100 or 20/200.

Steve Wozniak -- Apple co-founder

“I chose to have Keratoconus treatment because I got a good recommendation and explanation from Dr. Furlong — a doctor I trust. He also explained why it was a good idea and why my vision might get worse if I didn’t have the surgery.”   Steve Wozniack – Apple co-foun

See more about Steve’s vision story:
https://youtu.be/36tp-8mPZiM

 

“Successful corneal cross-linking procedure and great overall experience!”

“I was recommended to Furlong Vision Correction Medical Center by a friend who’s ophthalmologist said it was the best in the South Bay for corneal cross-linking. I have keratoconus diagnosed about 15 years ago which is particularly bad in my left eye. After a couple visits a few months apart with measurements to ascertain the severity and rate of worsening of my left eye, Dr. Sane recommended corneal cross-linking for my left eye.” Dennis Ramdass – Keratoconus patient, Yelp! reviewer

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KERATOCONUS CAUSES AND DIAGNOSIS

The cause of Keratoconus is unknown but the disease is believed to be hereditary and therefore present from birth as a defect in collagen, the tissue that makes up most of the cornea.

Keratoconus is not a common eye disease and has been estimated to occur in 1 out of every 1,000 persons worldwide with no known significant geographic, cultural or social pattern. Some experts believe the occurrence ratio may be even higher.

Some cases of Keratoconus are also associated with Down’s syndrome.


KERATOCONUS SYMPTOMS

First symptoms of Keratoconus is slightly blurred and distorted vision as well as increased sensitivity to lightOne of the first symptoms of Keratoconus is slightly blurred and distorted vision and increased sensitivity to light. Many with Keratoconus have a high degree of astigmatism and nearsightedness that worsens over time. Double vision, halos and glare are also symptoms of the disease.

While these symptoms are used in the diagnosis of Keratoconus, they may also indicate other vision problems. Keratoconus requires a diagnosis from a competent eye doctor or eye surgeon who is trained in not only recognizing the symptoms but also observing signs of Keratoconus through direct measurement as well as inspection of the cornea at a microscopic level. Typical vision problems with Keratoconus

Keratoconus usually reaches its most severe state in patients between the ages of 20 and 40.


TESTS

Keratoconus is often discovered during adolescence. The most accurate test for the disease is corneal topography, which creates a map of the curve of the cornea. It can also be diagnosed with a slit-lamp examination of the cornea that uses a low-power microscope combined with a high-intensity light source.

As Keratoconus advances, the cornea thins at the point of the cone. Corneal pachymetry is a painless test that measures the thickness of the cornea.


DISEASE PROGRESSION

In the early stage, many with Keratoconus don’t know they have the disease until their vision has significantly deteriorated. Glasses or soft contact lenses may be used in mild cases to correct the nearsightedness and astigmatism. However, as the disease progresses and the cornea becomes steeper and more irregular, glasses and even soft contact lenses will not provide adequate vision correction.

At this point, rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses are generally prescribed to correct vision more adequately. The contact lenses must be carefully fitted and frequent checkups and lens changes may be needed to achieve and maintain good vision. At this stage, the rigid lenses may be effective enough for the patient to drive and function normally, however, many patients find rigid contact lenses uncomfortable and can only tolerate them for a short period of time. Hybrid and scleral contact lenses are good options for moderate or severe Keratoconus

At the severe stage, a corneal transplant is the only option, especially when there is corneal scarring, extreme thinning or contact lens intolerance. This is an invasive surgical procedure that replaces the Keratoconic cornea with a healthy donor cornea. The healing time is lengthy and there is a risk of rejection as with any tissue transplant surgery.

Jerry M.
Santa Cruz, CA

11/15/2019
Yelp

Dr. Mona Sane.....a perfect 10!......she and everyone connected with my experience was a 10!.....the front desk folks, the technical staff, the equipment at the office location, the surgery facility....all were a 10! Very little pain involved and the outcome has been outstanding.....highly recommend to anyone in need...

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Ashley Y.
Mid-city, San Diego, CA

11/14/2019
Yelp

Had LASIK back in 2017 with Dr. Furlong. A family member recommended him and I would definitely go back to Furlong again if I need to. I used to have a -6 prescription but now my vision is near perfect.

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Teresa N.
Milpitas, CA

11/4/2019
Yelp

I couldn't be happier with my experience here. I put in a LOT of research before choosing to move forward with Furlong - you only get one pair of eyes, and I wanted to ensure I was leaving them in good hands. I was sold on not only their excellent reputation but their impressive, state-of-the-art technology.

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Raylina B.
Gilroy, CA

10/25/2019
Yelp

From my grandmother: Dr. Mona Sane thank you very much for the cataract surgery that you performed on my eyes. I appreciate everything you did, as well as the incomparable care you gave me. It was excellent!

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Brenda M.
San Francisco, CA

10/26/2019
Yelp

This place is amazing! Thank You so much Dr. Furlong for the great experience! I had lasik surgery yesterday due to my high astigmatism.

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Danielle B.
San Jose, CA

10/31/2019
Yelp

I had my procedure last Friday morning, I was scared and really nervous. Everyone at Furlong did a great job of comforting me. If anyone is considering having this procedure I would completely recommend it. It was so quick and the recovery has been very easy. Dr. Furlong is and his staff are nothing short of amazing.

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Akeem S.
San Jose, CA

1/31/2019
Yelp

I was incredibly nervous leading up to having the Lasik procedure done. Melody who is one of the staff members was so supportive and reassuring throughout the entire process. On surgery day she had me in tears from laughter and so I was so comfortable leading up to the procedure. The procedure went so smoothly I was...

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Brian S.
Capitola, CA

12/8/2018
Yelp

I could not recommend Dr. Furlong and team any more highly. Incredibly friendly and personal team, with effective and focused service, and the most frictionless simplest surgery I could ever imagine having. I am less than 24 hours after my surgery - and the results are incredible. I am looking for to taking my...

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Bruce F.
San Francisco, CA

2/17/2019
Yelp

Dr. Sane performed my laser cataract procedures at El Camino Surgery Center. Quick, painless and instant perfect vision!  I have never had a better medical experience!

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Lydia A.
San Jose, CA

1/28/2019
Yelp

I had Lasik done with Dr. Sane ten days ago at Furlong Vision and I am absolutely pleased. From the initial consultation to the actual procedure and after care. They have snacks and drinks in the waiting room, everyone is so kind and passionate about their work. I felt very welcome and they were great about answering...

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Mer D.
San Francisco, CA

4/8/2019
Yelp

Furlong Vision took care of me so well. Pre op, you'll have so many questions, possibly even some doubts, but the information and patient onboarding process is so smooth that you'll equipped to face anything. They aren't there to swindle you out of your hard earned dollars!! Nono. They are here on the singular mission...

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Nicole R.
Los Angeles, CA

3/25/2019
Yelp

I just had my annual eye exam - I still have 20/20 following this procedure, and my optometrist always says "your surgeon did an excellent job!" :)

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Solomon A.
San Jose, CA

3/15/2019
Yelp

We did an extensive research for my wife's Andreja important step as eye Lasik surgery is. We included Furlong Vision in that research. It was also recommended by our friend Melissa who did her Lasik with them many years ago and is still excited with the whole experience and results.

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Tu-Anh N.
San Luis Obispo, CA

3/25/2019
Yelp

My LASIK experience at Furlong Vision was beyond amazing. Everybody at the center including the technicians, assistants, Dr. Patel, Dr. Shen, and Dr. Furlong made sure I felt comfortable and confident in my decision to get refractive surgery every step of the way. My vision correction has been life changing, I can...

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Lauren S.
Downtown, Campbell, CA

3/28/2018
Yelp

Dr. Furlong and his entire staff have changed my life! After 11 years of dealing with contacts and glasses, I finally took the Lasik plunge and am SO thankful I did! Dr. Furlong and his staff were so informative, friendly, and reassuring. They made everything so easy and made me feel 100% comfortable...

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Nlramesh R.
Mount Hope KS

4/7/2018
Yelp

Amazing doctors and staff.  Dr. Mona Sane did my cataract surgery and she was absolutely awesome!! The staff at Dr. Furlong's and at the surgery center were super professional and you just knew you were going to be alright at the end of the procedure.  The post op care was just excellent !! If...

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McKinley S.
Marina, CA

2/16/2018
Yelp

I had Lasik 1 year ago and I am still amazed by how well I can see. I have worn glasses and contacts for many years.  I could see well with my contacts so I was expecting to see like that after Lasik. What I didn't expect, was how much better I see now after Lasik. The quality is SO MUCH BETTER. I...

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Kim M.
Santa Clara, CA

1/30/2018
Yelp

This review is long overdue. I actually had my surgery done about a year ago. I had been told for several years from various optometrists I would never be able to even have the surgery because of an eye condition. But when I started to see Dr. Ratra at Dr. Gold & Associates, she referred me to...

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Jennifer B.
Prescott, AZ

1/16/2018
Yelp

In October I underwent LASIK surgery with Dr. Furlong and his staff and I couldn't be happier. It has been life changing after 23 years of wearing contacts and glasses. I had a high astigmatism prescription and at my first last post op checkup about a two months post op I was at -20/20 in the left...

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Rosa M.
Monterey, CA

12/6/2017
Yelp

I got referred to Dr.Furlong by my optometrist. She couldn't have referred me to a better doctor. I had LASIK done less than a week ago & I am beyond amazed with the results. I've worn glasses for 15 years & contacts for 13 years. I was a bit nervous the day of surgery but Dr.Furlong...

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Leah F.
San Francisco, CA

9/29/2017
Yelp

Gotta pay my overdue Yelp gratitude here. Furlong has an all-star staff. Carol specifically is a wonderful human being and professional. They're prepared for every possible scenario. My story varies slightly from others in that I did experience bad halos/glares for roughly 2 weeks following surgery (which is...

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Matt C.
Fullerton, CA

7/29/2017
Yelp

Dr. Furlong was a recommendation from my optometrist. My first visit was fast and easy. My optometrist had already done my dilation so they just needed to take measurements and double check that I was a candidate. Everyone was very professional and friendly. I was nervous about everything but my patient counselor...

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Shilpi R.
Sunnyvale, CA

10/11/2017
Yelp

I recently had LASIK done with Dr. Furlong and it was an amazing experience. I wanted to have LASIK so that I could wake up first thing in the morning and not worry about contacts or glasses! As an optometrist myself I knew the ins and outs a little bit more but everything was on point! Their waiting room is always...

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Gabriel N.
Union City, CA

4/19/2017
Yelp

This has easily been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. After having glasses for most of my life, it's crazy to think I can now wake up and see clearly. I was referred here by my optometrist, Dr. Toy, in early 2016. I came for the free consultation where Dr. Furlong and his staff determined that I...

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Randy M.
San Jose, CA

6/15/2016
Yelp

Five stars.  Why?  I was suffering from rapidly progressing cataracts at the relatively young age of 37.  I was forced to take time off of work until the first surgery was complete.  My left eye had deteriorated from 20/300 in January to "hand motion (I could see light differences and movement only)" the day...

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Himi A.
Fremont, CA

9/30/2017
Yelp

My lasik surgery experience at the center was fabulous! The staff is very friendly, customer service is great! Interaction with Dr. Furlong was directly in the surgery room. Everything was very smooth and the location is super hygienic and has the top technology.

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Betty M.
San Francisco, CA

3/30/2017
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Just got my lasik surgery done last week by Dr. Furlong, and so far so good! I got referred to Dr. Furlong from my optometrist. A little pricier than competitors, but it's YOUR EYES, not the situation to be looking for a discount. They take a lot of time to make sure that you're comfortable and informed, and the...

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Jennifer H.
Fremont, CA

2/11/2017
Yelp

One of the best decisions I've made in my life! It took me about 2 years before I actually made a decision and not to sound super corny or anything... I should've done it sooner! It's definitely easier saying that knowing my LASIK surgery went well so I completely understand anyone's fear or hesitation with...

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A S.
Sunnyvale, CA

8/17/2017
Yelp

My mom had cataract surgery with with Furlong Vision this past month. It was a smooth experience.  She had one eye done first, followed by the second eye a few weeks later.  She saw Dr. Furlong for consultation in June.  He gave her a detailed exam and performed various scans.  She decided to go with femto laser...

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Leigh B.
Half Moon Bay, CA

8/8/2017
Yelp

Dr.Furlong did PRK for my insanely farsighted eyes in September 2016. I am now seeing 20/20!!! I couldn't be happier with the results. I also appreciated that he was honest when he didn't recommend PRK for my thin corneas... better safe than sorry! Thanks again, best money I could have spent on myself.

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Mike B.
Santa Cruz, CA

4/12/2017
Yelp

I rarely write reviews on Yelp, but for something as important as LASIK, I did a lot of research & visited several places in Silicon Valley. I recommend you do too! You get what you pay for...don't budget on your eyes! You want the best technology & an experienced & personable  Doctor. Dr. Furlong is...

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Yee L.
Palo Alto, CA

4/22/2017
Yelp

Super thorough and professional.  The staff accurately explained exactly what to expect and answered all my questions in an even-handed way with lots of detail about risks and benefits.

Theres no guarantee of results, but turns out my vision was corrected to better than 20/20 and I'm very happy with the results.

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