What is Corneal Cross-Linking?

The cornea is the clear outer tissue that covers the front of the eye. It is responsible for protecting your eyes from dirt, dust, or bacteria. It also bends light so that it hits the retina properly. A healthy cornea should be dome-shaped. The overall shape and condition of your cornea affect your vision. This is why it’s important to have your eyes checked regularly at Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX whenever you experience vision changes. Our board-certified ophthalmologists offer many treatment options for corneal disorders, such as keratoconus treatment. Corneal cross-linking can efficiently correct problems with the cornea.

Causes of corneal disease

Bacterial, fungal, and viral infections are some of the most common causes of corneal damage. The aging process also affects your corneal health. Genetics can also influence eye health. Using contact lenses for a long time can make a patient more susceptible to developing a corneal disease too.

Cornea damage symptoms

Some common signs of cornea damage include:

  • Eye pain

  • Stinging or burning

  • Blurred or cloudy vision

  • Feeling like something is in your eye

  • Light sensitivity

  • Redness

  • Swollen eyelids

If you are experiencing problems with your eyes, it’s important to schedule an appointment at Focal Point Vision quickly.

What is keratoconus?

Keratoconus occurs when your cornea thins and bulges into a cone shape. This cone shape will lead to blurry vision and cause light sensitivity. This usually will affect both eyes and, generally, younger patients. The condition may progress slowly for up to ten years. In the early stages of keratoconus, you might be able to correct vision problems with glasses or contact lenses. However, later on, you may need different treatments, such as corneal cross-linking. This helps slow or stop your keratoconus from progressing.

What is corneal cross-linking?

At Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX a cornea specialist can check for corneal disease or damage by looking at a patient’s eyes with magnifying tools. A slit-lamp examination lets us detect corneal scars and early cataracts. If we diagnose you with a cornea disease, we will treat it quickly. For patients with keratoconus, we offer corneal cross-linking. This uses vitamin B2 drops with exposure to UV light for up to 30 minutes to help strengthen the corneal proteins. We also offer corneal implants for keratoconus patients who want to restore the healthy shape of their cornea.

Does corneal cross-linking improve vision?

While corneal cross-linking can help improve keratoconus symptoms, it isn’t a cure. Some patients may need multiple treatments to strengthen their cornea so the bulging of the cornea doesn’t worsen. After this procedure, if a patient chooses to wear contacts, custom-fit contact lenses must be prescribed. Corneal cross-linking recovery time will vary from patient to patient.

Learn how corneal cross-linking can improve vision

Corneal eye diseases, such as keratoconus, can dramatically affect your vision in San Antonio, TX. When you’re experiencing changes with your vision, it’s important to schedule an appointment at Focal Point Vision to have your eyes evaluated by our professional team. When you’re diagnosed with keratoconus, our team can offer treatments that help strengthen your cornea. Allow us to restore your vision with corneal cross-linking.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.