Available resources for Keratoconus
January 23, 2014 12:11 PM Subscribe
What are some available resources for low-income adult children of undocumented immigrants to help with severe vision problems specifically in the Los Angeles area?
posted by GregorWill to Health & Fitness (9 answers total)
A friend of mine is an early 20s child of undocumented immigrants without a high school diploma. He currently works full time on the west side of Los Angeles for not much money. He has severe keratoconus
. About a year ago he had the cross linking
surgery performed by someone named in the article
to stop the progression of the disease. His vision is still so bad he still needs to wear two contacts in each eye and can only wear them for less than 10 hours a day. He took out a loan of $6000 in order to afford the crosslinking procedure and has consistently paid it for the last year. To improve his vision so that he can see for longer than 10 hours a day, allowing him to complete his schooling and get a better job, he needs to have lenses
implanted in his cornea. At the aforementioned surgeon, the rate is $4800 per eye and non-negotiable. There is another surgeon in LA who will do the same procedure for $3500. Care credit, where he got the original loan, will not loan him more money because of his low income. Are there options for charity care for vision problems? No insurance that he qualifies for seems to cover surgery.