At Pacific Eye Institute, we understand that vision impairment resulting from corneal conditions like keratoconus and post-LASIK corneal ectasia can be challenging and impact your quality of life. We are proud to offer the Corneal Cross-Linking procedure to help stabilize the structure and shape of the cornea and prevent the worsening of these conditions.
Keratoconus is an eye condition affecting the cornea, making it progressively more thin and irregular in shape over time. This results in vision impairment from irregular astigmatism and, eventually, corneal scarring.
Advanced keratoconus can even warrant a corneal transplant. For those with keratoconus, the cornea changes from its usually round dome-like shape to a more cone-like shape. This can significantly impact your ability to see clearly. Lifestyle, genetics, and environment all contribute to its progression.
Luckily, there are options to help stabilize corneal shape and prevent further vision changes.
Corneal cross-linking is an outpatient procedure that is short and relatively comfortable.
First, your eye surgeon will gently remove the corneal outer epithelial layer. This allows them access to the inner layers of the cornea, which is necessary for the best results. Then, they will apply vitamin B2 riboflavin drops to the eye surface.
Next, controlled ultraviolet light activates and facilitates collagen cross-links to boost cornea stiffness and structure. This process will continue until the procedure is complete.
Finally, your eye doctor will apply a special contact lens to protect the eye and help the healing process. Your eye doctor may also prescribe antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops for you to use after the procedure.
The best way to determine if you might be a good candidate for cross-linking is to visit your eye doctor at Pacific Eye Institute for a complete evaluation. During this appointment, your eye doctor will assess several factors to determine if corneal cross-linking might be a good treatment option for you.
They will consider how fast your corneal condition seems to be progressing, your age, corneal thickness, and history of other eye surgeries. Since keratoconus tends to progress quicker in children and teens, catching this condition early and developing a treatment plan allows for potentially better results.
However, more gradual progression in adults still warrants a discussion with your eye doctor. Corneal cross-linking is an excellent treatment option for many patients, so it’s important to consult with your eye doctor to determine if this procedure might be the right fit for you.
Do you want to learn more about corneal cross-linking or determine if this treatment may be right for you? Schedule an appointment at Pacific Eye Institute, today!