Corneal Cross-Linking (Keratoconus)

Normally your cornea, the clear outer lens or “windshield” of the eye, has a dome shape, like a ball. Sometimes the structure isn’t strong enough to hold its round shape and it bulges outward, like a cone. This is called keratoconus.

Corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) is a minimally invasive procedure that can help prevent the progression of corneal ectasias, such as keratoconus and post-LASIK ectasia. The procedure involves strengthening the cornea by promoting the formation of new collagen fibers. This helps to stabilize the cornea and slow down or stop the progression of ectasia.

Indications for Corneal Cross-Linking (Keratoconus)

Keratoconus patients need to be checked every 6 to 12 months by an ophthalmologist. If the condition is stable, treatment with corrective glasses or contact lenses is usually all that's needed. However, if there's evidence of progression, an early cross-linking treatment may be recommended to stop the disease from worsening and potentially sparing the patient from needing a corneal transplant (penetrating keratoplasty) down the road. The treatment is relatively easy and low in cost.

Corneal Cross-Linking Laser

This particular procedure is performed while the patient is under topical anesthesia. Abrading the epithelium (corneal scraping) is the first step, followed by applying Riboflavin (vitamin B) drops to the cornea for 30 minutes. The cornea is then exposed to 365nm for an additional 30 minutes.

The following procedure is to be performed with topical anaesthesia. After an epithelium abrasion (corneal scraping), Riboflavin (vitamin B) drops are applied to the corneal surface. During the follow up of eyes treated with collagen cross linking, very few patients showed any more progression. In approximately 80% of the patients, a regression of the maximal K-values (regression of the keratoconus) was seen.

Why choose us

It is important to do your research when looking for a doctor to perform a Corneal Cross-Linking laser, Scrutinize the physician's credentials and patient testimonials to determine if they are right for you. In addition, choose a clinic with knowledgeable and caring staff members in order to find the best doctor for Corneal Cross-Linking laser.

Acuity Eye Center is known for providing high-quality care for patients needing corneal cross-linking lasers in Pakistan. The clinic makes every patient feel like part of the Acuity family from the moment they walk through the doors.

Dr. Zia ul Mazhry at Acuity Eye Center is a specialist in Corneal Cross-Linking lasers with more than 3 decades of experience in the field of Ophthalmology. He has got his post-graduation from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh Glasgow and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan. He uses cutting-edge technology to provide high-quality treatment at an affordable price to everyone in need. An evidence-based approach is used right from evaluation and planning to exercise the plan and the post-procedure care. Generally speaking, Dr. Zia ul Mazhry and his staff are dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality care to their patients.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How serious is keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a serious eye condition that can lead to permanent vision loss. The changes to the cornea make it difficult for the eye to focus, even with eyeglasses or standard soft contact lenses.
What happens after corneal cross linking laser?
After a cross-linking procedure, your eyesight will be blurry at first. You will likely notice changes in your vision during the healing process. You may be more sensitive to light and have poorer vision for about 1-3 months after the surgery.
Is keratoconus a disability?
Keratoconus is an eye disease that can cause severe vision loss. In some cases, this vision loss may be considered a disability. Keratoconus itself is not a disability, but it can lead to vision impairment that may meet the criteria for a disability.
Can you work after corneal cross linking?
After corneal cross-linking, you will need to take some time off work to allow your eyes to heal. Most people will need to take at least 1 week off, but if your job involves a lot of computer work, you may need to take 2 weeks off. You will also need to use eye drops every 4 hours for the first month, then 3 times a day for the second month.
How much does cataract surgery cost?
The cost for the Corneal Topography test is 5000-Pak Rs. The inclusive package for the whole procedure is 160000-Pak Rs.


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