Keratoconus corneal cross linking surgery is a simple, safe option for patients suffering from this eye disorder. Learn more about the condition, what the surgery does and what recovery is like.
What is Keratoconus?
The human eye is made up of several different parts that include parts used in focusing of light and parts that process the light information. These are invisible from the outside. The outermost layer of the eye, the part that faces the outside world and through which you see, is the cornea. This natural cover curves around your eye and helps to focus the light rays that travel into the eye and create sharp vision. It¡Çs a massively important part of the eye that plays a vital role in your ability to see. Naturally, problems with the cornea can have a negative impact on the vision.
Healthy cornea are dome shaped, much like a contact lens, which suits the natural rounded shape of the eye. Keratoconus is a degenerative condition that results in gradual thinning of the cornea and warping into a cone shape. Rather than fitting smoothly around the eye, the cornea begins to jut out and changes the way light enters the eye and has a negative impact on vision. Think of it this way: if you put on a pair of eyeglasses that were shaped like a pointed cone rather than a smooth dome, you¡Çd probably see the world a whole lot differently, right? Keratoconus causes this to happen on the eye itself rather than with a pair of glasses.
While visual symptoms caused by keratoconus can be temporarily relieved by glasses or contact lenses, this doesn¡Çt stop the progression of the disorder. There is a surgical option now available that may provide more fundamental relief. This surgery, known as the corneal cross linking procedure, may be an option for you if you have this condition of keratoconus. Patients who undergo corneal cross linking surgery for keratoconus receive local anaesthetic to the eye, which makes this a relatively safe procedure. The eye is then treated with naturally occurring chemicals and UV light to strengthen the cornea and help it return to a normal shape. This is an outpatient procedure, and most people can go home to rest after the surgery is complete.
Corneal cross linking recovery time varies by patient, but most people can expect the major recovery to take about a week. You¡Çll need to avoid strenuous activity during this time, but you can go about most normal activities. It¡Çs necessary to keep the eye protected during this time, though, as infection is a definite risk. Doctors give patients antibiotics to fight infections and also provide protection for the cornea, such as a bandage-like contact lens, to prevent damage to the eye¡Çs sensitive outer coating. It¡Çs vital to follow your doctor¡Çs specific instructions for recovery after corneal cross linking surgery. Everything from not rubbing your eyes to wearing sunglasses outdoors isn¡Çt just a suggestion but an instruction patients should take seriously in order to protect their vision and help their eyes heal.
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