Vision Correction for Keratoconus
Corneal Cross-linking + Laser Vision Correction: The First FDA Approved Treatment That Could Provide Sight Without Glasses for Patients with Keratoconus.
Do you suffer from keratoconus? If so, you understand the constant struggle with hard contacts and your ever-changing glasses prescription. While this corneal disease affects everyone differently, the constant discomfort and visual degradation are symptoms everyone with keratoconus can relate to.
If you are tired of the discomfort and hassle of hard contacts and glasses that don’t help as much as you’d like, ClearSight is proud to be the first center in Oklahoma that can not only provide treatment to stop the progression of keratoconus, but potentially eliminate the need for hard contacts completely!
Sight Without Glasses for Keratoconus Sufferers
Here at ClearSight, we specialize in treatments that can grant our patients independence from glasses and contacts. For patients with keratoconus, this is done by combining two amazing treatments into one tailored vision correction plan:
Step 1 – Corneal Collagen Crosslinking
Corneal collagen cross-linking, also known as KXL or CXL, is a recently FDA- approved procedure that helps treat keratoconus by stabilizing the cornea to prevent it from getting weaker and thinner. With crosslinking, riboflavin drops are placed in the eye, which are then activated using a controlled application of ultraviolet light. This stimulation results in an increase of collagen cross-links, which are the natural anchors within the cornea. Strengthening the collagen this way cross-links prevents the cornea from bulging or losing shape, thereby stopping, and in many cases reversing, the progression of the disease in most patients.
Step 2 – Laser Vision Correction with Topography-guided PRK
After your cornea has been stabilized with crosslinking, the second step in providing sight without glasses and contacts is to smooth out the irregularities in the cornea and correct your refractive error. This is done through a revolutionary laser vision correction treatment called topography-guided PRK. The treatment is similar to typical LASIK, which is the gold standard of laser vision correction to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism.
However, for keratoconus patients, the laser specifically corrects the corneal irregularities caused by the disease. By utilizing your custom corneal topography data, we can reshape your corneal surface to improve its shape, thereby improving quality of vision while also correcting your nearsightedness and astigmatism.
Can I Really Get Rid of My Hard Contacts Completely?
While every patient’s vision situation is different, our long term goal for all patients with keratoconus is to not only stop the progression of the disease, but to reduce or eliminate their need for contacts completely. With the 2-step process of combining crosslinking with topo-guided PRK, we have seen amazing results for our patients.
However, in some instances, the disease has progressed to a point where complete independence from contacts might not be attainable. In those rare instances, patients are many times should still able to transition from wearing uncomfortable, corneal-altering hard contact lenses to soft contact lenses, which are much more comfortable and provide better vision.
Here at ClearSight, our goal isn’t to perform a procedure; it’s to deliver life-changing results. When we recommend cross-linking + topography-guided PRK as your treatment option, our service includes everything you need to get you the best possible visual outcome. This includes:
- Your initial Corneal Cross-linking (KXL) Procedure
- Your topography-guided PRK laser vision correction
- A starter kit of prescription eye drops
- Basic follow-up exams for 1 year following your procedure so that we can assess healing and stability
- 1 additional standard PRK procedure during the first year.
If you would like to learn more about your keratoconus treatment options, or find out if you’re a candidate, please schedule your complimentary eye exam and consultation with us today! Get started by picking your preferred day and time below: