Keratoconus and Other Corneal Diseases Solutions

We specialize in the treatment and management of Keratoconus and other Corneal Diseases

There are several treatments for keratoconus and other Corneal Diseases. Our doctors are here for you. They’ll help you select the best option for you.

Corneal disease is a serious condition that can cause clouding, distortion, scarring and eventually blindness. There are many types of corneal disease. The three major types are Keratoconus, Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy, and Bullous keratopathy. All Corneal dystrophies cause a buildup of foreign material in one or more layers of your cornea. Over time, your vision may become cloudy or blurry.

What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is one of the Corneal Diseases that we treat in our clinic. Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease in which the normally round cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. This cone shape deflects light as it enters the eye on its way to the light-sensitive retina, causing distorted vision. Keratoconus can occur in one or both eyes and often begins during a person’s teens or early 20s.

What we’re doing to help patients with Keratoconus

We offer the following specialty contact lens options for correcting Keratoconus:

  • Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contact lenses
  • Piggy Back Lenses
  • Toric Lenses
  • Scleral Lenses

Surgical Treatment Options – Corneal Cross-Linking

Corneal cross-linking is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure designed to treat progressive keratoconus (and, sometimes, other conditions that cause a similar weakening of the cornea).

The corneal cross-linking procedure strengthens and stabilizes the cornea by creating new links between collagen fibers within the cornea. The two-step procedure applies specialty formulated riboflavin (vitamin B) eye drops to the surface of the eye immediately followed by a controlled exposure of the eye to ultraviolet light.

The two basic types of corneal cross-linking are:

  • Epithelium-off cross-linking. In this procedure, the thin outer layer (epithelium) of the cornea is removed to allow the liquid riboflavin to more easily penetrate the deeper corneal tissue.
  • Epithelium-on cross-linking. In this procedure (also called transepithelial cross-linking), the protective corneal epithelium is left intact, making it a less invasive procedure than cross-linking with epithelium removal.

Corneal cross-linking can be combined with other procedures for keratoconus treatment. For example, it can be performed along with implantation of tiny arc-shaped corneal inserts called Intacs to reshape and stabilize the cornea in more advanced cases of keratoconus.

How to get started

For more information on the treatment for Keratoconus and other Corneal Diseases, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lauretta Justin.

Call us or text us at (407) 292-9812 or click HERE to schedule your appointment.

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