Treatment options for Keratoconus concentrate on fixing the unclear vision caused by thinning and bulging of the cornea. In the early stages of Keratoconus there are non surgical options to help treat the disease
Nearsightedness and astigmatism tends to be less severe in the early stages of Keratoconus. During this stage most Patients will be able to treat their Keratoconus by wearing prescription glasses or soft contact lenses.
Rigid Gas Permeable also known as RGP or GP is used to help treat vision loss due to Keratoconus as the disease progressively worsens. Once Keratoconus has progressed past the stage where glasses or contacts will help, surgery is often the next step. Two surgeries offered at Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center to treat Keratoconus are, Intacts eye implants and Collagen Cross-Linking. Dr. Sandy T. Feldman is the only ophthalmologist in the San Diego area offering the new Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking procedure under the FDA's clinical trials.
Intacts Eye Implants are small semi-circular-shaped pieces of plastic implanted in your cornea. The Intacts flatten the cornea into the proper shape to help regain your vision.
Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL) is an investigational treatment that prevents further vision loss from Keratoconus. The CXL is an outpatient procedure that only takes about 30 minutes and uses anesthetic eye drops to avoid any pain or discomfort.
In severe cases of Keratoconus corneal transplant surgery may be necessary. During this surgery a fraction of your cornea is replaced with another provided by a donor. This surgery can repair vision, decrease pain and recover the appearance of a damaged cornea caused by Keratoconus.
For more information on Keratoconus Treatment call (858) 452 3937 or email us.
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