Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease that causes the cornea to thin and bulge into a cone-like shape, resulting in distorted and blurred vision. At Atlanta Vision Laser And Cataract Center, we offer a range of treatment options to help patients with keratoconus manage their condition and improve their vision.
Corneal cross-linking is a non-invasive procedure that uses UV light and riboflavin eye drops to strengthen the cornea and slow the progression of keratoconus. During the procedure, the eye is numbed with eye drops, and riboflavin eye drops are applied to the cornea. The eye is then exposed to UV light for a set period of time, which activates the riboflavin and creates new cross-links in the cornea. The procedure typically takes about an hour, and most patients experience little to no discomfort.
Intacs are small, clear plastic inserts that are placed in the cornea to help reshape the cornea and improve vision. The procedure involves creating a small incision in the cornea and inserting the Intacs. Once in place, the Intacs help flatten the cornea, reducing the cone-like shape and improving vision. The procedure typically takes about 15 minutes and is performed under local anesthesia. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities within a few days.
Topography-Guided Custom Ablation
Topography-guided custom ablation is a laser procedure that uses advanced mapping technology to create a customized treatment plan for each patient. The laser is programmed to remove tissue from the cornea in a precise pattern based on the patient’s individual corneal shape and curvature. This helps to improve vision and reduce the irregular shape caused by keratoconus. The procedure typically takes about 10-15 minutes per eye and is performed under local anesthesia.
In severe cases of keratoconus, a corneal transplant may be necessary. During a corneal transplant, the damaged cornea is removed and replaced with a healthy donor cornea. The procedure typically takes about an hour and is performed under local or general anesthesia. Recovery time can vary, but most patients are able to return to normal activities within a few weeks.
At Atlanta Vision Laser And Cataract Center, we understand the impact that keratoconus can have on your daily life. Our experienced team of eye doctors and surgeons are dedicated to helping you find the best treatment options to manage your condition and improve your vision. If you have been diagnosed with keratoconus or are experiencing vision changes, contact us today to schedule a consultation.