If you have keratoconus, you are likely aware of the issues related to this vision disorder, which is characterized by the cone shape of the cornea. This irregular shape of the cornea stops light that enters the eye from being focused correctly, leading to vision issues that can prevent participation in everyday activities, such as reading or driving with clear vision. While treatment does exist to help improve vision, collagen cross-linking can help stop the progression of keratoconus, making it an attractive choice for many patients.
A healthy cornea takes the shape of a clear, rounded dome, supported by adequate collagen fiber crosslinks. However, for those with keratoconus, the cornea does not have this reinforced collagen support, which is why the cornea becomes thinner and takes on a pointed shape. The condition is associated with a number of symptoms, including:
- Frequently changing prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses
- Blurry, distorted vision
- Sensitivity to light
While the definitive cause of keratoconus is unknown, there are a few risk factors you should be aware of, such as genetics, aggressive eye rubbing, frequent eye irritation, and age.
What Is Collagen Crosslinking?
Collagen crosslinking at Mack Eye Center is an in-office procedure that is performed to strengthen the cornea. This innovative treatment involves the use of ultraviolet light and vitamin B2 eye drops to reinforce the collagen fibers located within the cornea. It is an effective treatment for those with keratoconus, reducing vision loss and effectively managing the condition.
The Role of UV Light and Vitamin B2 Drops
Both components of this treatment work in tandem to help you achieve an optimal result.
Vitamin B2 eye drops: During a collagen crosslinking procedure, one of our skilled doctors will apply vitamin B2 drops to the eye. These special eye drops are composed of a substance that promotes photo enhancing, allowing crosslinking to commence.
UV light: UV light used in this controlled environment is effective and safe to be used during crosslinking treatment. The UV light is shined directly onto the cornea. The process enables new corneal collagen crosslinks to start developing. These crosslinks that develop during treatment cause the collagen fibers to become short and thick, which leads to a firmer, stronger cornea.
Keratoconus Treatment at Mack Eye Center
Collagen crosslinking can prevent future vision loss due to keratoconus while offering an improved overall quality of life for patients that undergo the procedure. If you want to know about this treatment and are ready to see if it is right for you, contact our office today for a consultation.