Keratoconus is an eye disease that affects the structure of the cornea, slowly changing it from the normal round shape to a cone shape, causing vision problems. If you have been diagnosed with keratoconus, you can be certain you will receive expert care and treatment options from the board certified specialists at Magill Vision Center.
Keratoconus Treatment Options
The expert physicians at Magill Vision Center will evaluate and provide the best and most up-to-date procedures to restore and maintain your vision using the most innovative equipment available.
A cornea transplant used to be the only keratoconus treatment option if contacts were no longer effective; however, advances in technology have made other treatment options available.
Glasses and soft contacts are often the first level of treatment and vision correction for early and mild cases of keratoconus. If the condition progresses, gas permeable rigid contacts are often successful as one of several keratoconus treatment options.
Magill Vision Center offers the most innovative treatment options for keratoconus, including:
- Intacs Surgery - corneal implants offer an alternative to cornea transplant for those with keratoconus who no longer achieve vision correction with contacts or glasses. Using anesthetic drops to numb the eye, the surgeon makes a small incision in the cornea. The Intacs insert is placed in the cornea to remodel and reinforce the shape of the cornea, providing improved vision. Intacs surgery is a less invasive procedure than a cornea transplant and recovery is much shorter.
- Corneal Collagen Cross-linking (CXL) is a procedure to strengthen and stabilize the cornea tissue. In the corneal collagen cross linking procedure, drops of riboflavin, a type of B vitamin, are introduced into the cornea and then activated by exposure to UV light. The riboflavin bonds to the cornea tissue, making it stronger and stiffer to hold its shape. CXL is sometimes combined with Intacs to avoid the need for cornea transplant.
Call our office today at 843-216-2020 to schedule your consultation and see if keratoconus treatment options, corneal collagen cross linking or intacs surgery in the Charleston SC, Mt. Pleasant SC and Goose Creek SC areas are right for you.