Who Is a Good Candidate for Corneal Cross Linking?
Corneal cross-linking is a treatment designed primarily to decrease or stop the progression of corneal disorders like keratoconus. Keratoconus is caused by an irregular curvature of the eye. Symptoms and signs of keratoconus may change as the disease progresses. Corneal collagen cross-linking is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that may stop or slow down keratoconus from progressing, possibly preventing cornea replacement surgery. This cutting-edge treatment is performed by the board-certified ophthalmologists at Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX. Read on to learn more about this highly advanced procedure that can treat the progression of keratoconus, or feel free to contact our office to schedule a consultation.
What is keratoconus?
Keratoconus is when the cornea becomes thin and develops a cone-like bulge. It usually affects both eyes. The cause of this eye condition is generally unknown but it begins to affect individuals between the ages of 10 – 25, slowly progressing over time. The cone-shaped cornea can eventually lead to light sensitivity, blurry or distorted vision, and the need to change eyeglass prescriptions frequently. Impaired vision may be corrected with soft contact lenses or glasses early on. Still, more advanced cases may require additional treatments, like corneal cross-linking or a cornea transplant to stop the progression of this disease.
What is corneal cross-linking?
Corneal cross-linking treatment stabilizes and strengthens the cornea by creating new links between collagen fibers within the eye structure. Performed by one of our surgeons, this two-part procedure involves specialty formulated riboflavin (vitamin B) drops applied to the eyes immediately followed by controlled exposure of the eye to UV light for about 30 minutes. After the procedure, a bandage in the form of a contact lens is placed in the eye and worn for about a week. Patients will experience some foggy or cloudy vision at first, but their sight should be precise and clear after about a month. If you have keratoconus in both eyes, you can return in about 1 – 3 months to receive another treatment.
Who is a candidate for corneal cross-linking treatment?
We are proud to offer the latest technology and treatments in eye care at Focal Point Vision, helping our San Antonio, TX patients improve their vision health and address any eye issues. Corneal cross-linking is an effective and highly successful treatment but should only be performed on patients whose corneas are getting progressively worse. At Focal Point Vision, our board-certified ophthalmologists will determine if you are a candidate for corneal cross-linking during a one-on-one consultation. Ideal candidates for this innovative treatment are generally:
- Displaying mild keratoconus
- No corneal scarring
- Have documented progression of this corneal disorder for six months or more
- Mild corneal thinning
- Between the ages of 14 – 40
Are you in need of keratoconus treatment in San Antonio, TX?
At Focal Point Vision, our board-certified ophthalmologists perform this highly advanced treatment, helping their patients stop or slow down the progression of keratoconus. To learn more about this progressive corneal disorder, contact one of our knowledgeable San Antonio, TX team members and improve your vision health by addressing any eye concerns you may have today. We look forward to helping you.