What is Keratoconus and post-LASIK ectasia?
Your cornea is the clear, dome-shaped covering of the front of your eye. One of its most important jobs is to focus the light coming into your eye. Keratoconus is a condition when the cornea thins out and bulges like a cone. Changing the shape of the cornea creates out of focus light rays. As a result, your vision is blurry and distorted, making daily tasks like reading or driving difficult. This can also occur in patients who have had LASIK, even years after the procedure.
How can Keratoconus and post-LASIK ectasia be treated?
Many patients with advanced Keratoconus or post-LASIK ectasia will need a cornea transplant to restore their vision if they cannot comfortably wear a hard contact lens. The good news is that a new FDA-approved procedure known as Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL) performed by a corneal specialist can stop the progression of corneal thinning. This in-office procedure uses UV light and Riboflavin eye drops to strengthen the weak cornea. When the corneal thinning is discovered early, CXL can even keep patients from needing contact lenses or glasses. By halting the progression, CXL can also keep contact lens wearers comfortably in their contact lenses.
Advanced Vision Care was one of a few sites across the country involved in the FDA Avedro epithelium-off Cross-Linking trial, which ultimately led to its approval in 2016. We are proud to now offer the only FDA-approved treatment shown to stabilize the cornea in patients with Keratoconus and post-LASIK ectasia.