Keratoconus Treatment Options
Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease, which causes a thinning of the cornea. The cornea is the clear front surface of the eye. As kertoconus progresses, the quality of the patients vision deteriorates.
Proper prescription glasses can correct mild cases of keratoconus. In more advanced cases, hard or gas-permeable contact lenses can be a better option. These lenses help neutralize the irregular astigmatism in the cornea and produce a noticeable improvement in vision. Some patients can be intolerance of contact lenses due to the shape and the degree of corneal steepening. Implantable intracorneal rings, called Keratoconus Intacs, can help some of these patients back into contact lenses.
Corneal transplant involved replacement of the central part of the cornea with a donor cornea. The procedure involved removal of a circular button from the center of the cornea followed by suturing of a similar size button from a donor cornea. Over a period of time, the sutures are removed, leaving a clear corneal with improved visual quality. There are newer treatment options for keratoconus in the FDA approval process. One of these treatments is corneal collagen cross-linking.
Corneal cross-linking involved application of riboflavin (also known as vitamin B2) to the eye followed by exposure to ultraviolet light. The ultraviolet exposure causes linking of riboflavin molecule with the microstructures of the cornea. This cross-linking is shown to increase corneal rigidity and decrease the progression of keratoconus. This exciting new treatment is currently in FDA clinical trials to determine its efficiency and safety before approval.
If you are living in California near the San Francisco, San Jose, Walnut Creek, and Santa Rosa area contact the LaserVue LASIK Eye Surgery Centers for more information on Keratoconus and Keratoconus Treatments. Dr. Bansal and his team of specially trained nursing and technical staff are sensitive to the needs of their patients undergoing surgical procedures.