What is keratoconus?
Keratoconus, often referred to as “KC,” is a non-inflammatory eye condition in which the typically round dome-shaped cornea progressively thins and weakens, causing the development of a cone-like bulge and optical irregularity of the cornea. This causes “static” in your vision and can result in significant visual impairment.
Keratoconus typically first appears in individuals who are in their late teens or early 20s, and may progress for 10-20 years, and then slow or stabilize. Each eye may be affected differently.
In the early stages of keratoconus, people might experience:
- Slight blurring of vision
- Distortion of vision
- Increased sensitivity to light
The cornea is responsible for focusing most of the light that comes into the eye. Therefore, abnormalities of the cornea, such as keratoconus, can have a major impact on how an individual sees the world, making simple tasks such as driving a car or reading a book very difficult.1
Our cross-linking procedure offers a minimally invasive treatment for keratoconus.
Our cross-linking procedure has been specifically designed to treat patients suffering from keratoconus. In just a few minutes, this procedure has the ability to stabilize the cornea, repairing its biomechanical integrity and halting or slowing the progression of keratoconus to preserve visual function.
How it works
Riboflavin (ophthalmic solution) drops are applied to the cornea and then the riboflavin-soaked cornea is exposed to ultraviolet light. The light causes the riboflavin to fluoresce, which leads to the formation of bonds between collagen molecules called collagen cross-links. The procedure is completed in a matter of minutes.
Why consider cross-linking
By strengthening the cornea, cross-linking can slow or halt the progression of keratoconus. Unlike hard contact lenses or corneal transplants, corneal cross-linking is the only therapeutic procedure known to halt or slow the progression of keratoconus, offering a comfortable and long-term solution for those with the condition.
Consult your ophthalmologist to see if cross-linking is right for you.
- National Keratoconus Foundation