NORTH YORK, Ontario, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Keratoconus is a degenerative eye disorder in which the cornea thins out and changes shape, becoming more conical than normal. This disease, usually diagnosed in adolescents, can cause vision distortion and sensitivity to light, affecting a person's ability to drive a car or read.
Contact lenses, micro-thin inserts and surgery can help manage the symptoms but there is no permanent solution.
Parviz Zarrinbakhsh, an ophthalmologist from Borujerd, Iran, that believes he and a group of colleagues have found a cure for keratoconus – but they lack the financial resources to complete their research.
"We are a group of ophthalmologists and researchers who have devoted our lives to curing keratoconus," said Zarrinbakhsh. "We have developed a theoretical procedure that utilizes chemical and physical appliances. This method may cure a patient with keratoconus but the machines and other materials that we need to fully develop this procedure are prohibitively expensive."
The budget for this project is estimated to be $ 1 million. This would cover dense bio-compatible inlay lenses, detailed computer numerical control (CNC) machines and chemical components as well as additional research and marketing.
To generate funding for this important work, Zarrinbakhsh has launched an Indiegogo campaign, which can be viewed at www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-no-keratoconus-world. He is hoping that people all over the world will support this project.
"Even a small gift will make a difference," Zarrinbakhsh said. "It's a step in the right direction and one step closer to a cure. A cure for keratoconus will make millions of people happy as they will see perfectly our sun, our moon, their family, their friends and all that is to be seen in our beautiful world."
Zarrinbakhsh's group has spent years researching and studying this disease. "All the theoretical work is done," he said. "It's been checked and rechecked again and again. Medical procedures, especially those involving the eyes, can be very difficult to perfect. Every human has different eyes and thus different curves of keratoconus. So we have to be very precise with our work."
For additional information, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-no-keratoconus-world.
SOURCE Dr. Parviz Zarrinbakhsh