Let’s join together to recognize World Keratoconus Day and spread the word. This is our chance to raise awareness and hope.
Keratoconus (KC) is a degenerative condition of the eye in which the normally round, dome-shaped cornea becomes progressively thinner. This causes a cone-like bulge to develop in the area where the cornea is thinnest- usually in the center. KC occurs in about 1 out of every 2,000 people in the general population and it is found in all parts of the world and in all ethnic groups. Keratoconus is a complex condition associated with both genetic and environmental factors. If left untreated, KC could lead to significant visual impairment and legal blindness.
Hoopes Vision is now offering Corneal Cross-Linking to treat patients who have been diagnosed with keratoconus. This progressive thinning and weakening can result in scarring of the cornea, significant vision loss, and may lead to a corneal transplant. Previously, patients diagnosed with keratoconus and other weakened corneal conditions had few options to prevent their condition from deteriorating. As the cornea began to show signs of weakness, visual changes were corrected with eyeglasses, but eventually, rigid contact lenses were necessary for best visual correction. In some, a corneal transplant would often be necessary to replace the damaged tissue.
With the introduction of the Corneal Cross-Linking procedure (CXL), keratoconus patients have an additional option available to slow or halt the progression of keratoconus. CXL begins by first administering drops of riboflavin (vitamin B) to the surface of the cornea. Once the cornea has been saturated with the solution, a small amount of UV-A light activates the riboflavin to strengthen and stabilize the weakened links between the corneal fibers. Although CXL was approved to help slow or halt progressive keratoconus, this technology may benefit patients that have other types of weakened corneal conditions, such as pellucid marginal degeneration, forme fruste keratoconus, and keratoconus.
If you have been diagnosed with keratoconus and would like to learn more about treatment options, please call our office to schedule a VIP consultation at 801.568.0200.