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Keratoconus

Condition

Keratoconus

Keratoconus is the thinning of the cornea. If left untreated, the cornea will eventually bulge outward, forming a cone shape. The shape distortion causes blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and difficulty seeing at all times.

An Overview: Keratoconus

At a Glance:

  • Keratoconus can worsen over time, so early detection is key
  • The condition most commonly affects individuals between the ages of 10 and 25, but is often diagnosed during the late teens and early 20s
  • The chance of developing keratoconus increases if it runs in the family and in cases of ocular allergies

Blurry, distorted vision can be a sign of keratoconus or something else. Regular eye exams can help diagnosis keratoconus before it becomes problematic. There are several treatments available for keratoconus. Potential causes include hereditary genetics, eye allergies, excessive rubbing, and possible underlying conditions affecting connective tissues.

Signs and Symptoms of Keratoconus May Include:

  • Mild blurriness
  • Distortions ( i.e. straight lines look wavy)
  • Increased sensitivity to light and glare
  • Eye redness
  • Swelling

Symptoms can be different in each eye and often worsen slowly over a period of 10 to 20 years. However, occasionally symptoms can worsen much more quickly, scarring the cornea and causing vision to grow even more distorted and blurry. Any time you notice a change in your vision, it’s time for an eye exam.

Keratoconus Treatment

Different treatment options are available, depending on the severity of the keratoconus. 

  • Mild to Moderate keratoconus may be treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses 
  • Crosslinking is a treatment that uses riboflavin and UV light to strengthen the cornea and half progression and is very effective in keratoconus treatment
  • INTACS corneal implants are two small crescent-shaped pieces of plastic polymer inserted into the cornea to support the cornea’s shape, leading to improved vision
  • Corneal Transplant surgery is an option in situations where the cornea has become scarred, making it painful to wear contacts
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Why CODET for Keratoconus?

Experts in Keratoconus development and treatment

  • We employ the most advanced technology and equipment for keratoconus diagnosis, study, and treatment
  • Our specialists will look for the best option for you, examining your grade of keratoconus with the objective of stopping its progression
  • We explore all alternatives available to you, avoiding a corneal transplant if possible

Leaders in corneal laser technology

  • CODET has leading experience using laser technology for lamellar corneal transplants
  • We are one of the few institutions performing the most advanced cornea transplant technique: Femtosecond Laser Assisted DALK
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About our Technology and Facilities

CODET technology and equipment uses the following to treat Keratoconus:

  • Anterion
  • Avedro KXL—the only crosslinking equipment approved by the FDA
  • Femto LDV Z8

CODET Vision Institute surgeons are leaders in their specialty field. They are supported by hand-picked staff who are specially trained to deliver optimal care for our patients. Care is provided in our state-of-the-art facilities, offices, and operating rooms using nothing but the best in diagnostic and surgical technology and equipment, so you are fully supported before, during, and after your procedure.

What is Keratoconus?

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