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Keratoconus is a disease that creates a thinning of the cornea, the clear front surface of the eye. Normal outward pressure within the eye causes the cornea to progressively bulge into a cone-like shape. The change in the corneal shape can have a dramatic impact on one's vision. In more severe cases, normal everyday activities such as driving and reading can be difficult to perform.

The cause of Keratoconus is unknown. There is evidence that the disease has genetic origins possibly made worse by environmental factors. It normally affects both eyes, although it typically progresses at different rates. In most people, Keratoconus begins during their teen years and slowly worsens before stabilizing in their 30s or 40s. Although Keratoconus rarely results in total blindness, 20% of all patients will at some time need to undergo a corneal transplant, according to medical experts.

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The disease is normally treated with rigid contact lenses to reshape and flatten the pronounced curve of the bulging cornea and to improve vision. A proper lens fit is crucial to obtain adequate vision and wearing comfort. Poorly fitted or outdated contact lenses can be uncomfortable and lead to additional complications like corneal abrasions, scarring or infection.

As Keratoconus progresses, the quality of one's vision deteriorates and contact lenses or glasses no longer become a satisfactory solution for most people.

OMNI Eye Specialists has treatment options available to defer the need for a corneal transplant and have produced successful results for our patients.

Crosslinking to Treat Keratoconus

This procedure is used to treat Keratoconus Disease before it advances to stages that would need a cornea transplant. Crosslinking is the first method of treatment in most countries throughout the world that have the technology available to them. In Europe, it is recommended for children after age 15 when Keratoconus Disease is the first diagnosed. In the United States, it is FDA approved. A complete evaluation with Dr. Garcia is needed to determine if you are a candidate for this FDA approved procedure.

The cornea tissue fibers are like a net. In Keratoconus this net of fibers is fragile and the cornea will deform becoming steep. This decreases the patients quality of vision. Crosslinking stiffens the fibers by using a proprietary mix of Riboflavin activated with UV light. The goal of this treatment is to prevent progression of the diseased cornea. This treatment has been performed in other countries for more than 10 years.

At OMNI, we have provided this option to patients in a conservative manner and have seen excellent results.

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For more information or a consultation, please visit the Keratoconus Institute of Maryland website, or call (410) 324-MDKC (6352) today to schedule your appointment.

A Success Story Close to Home!

Dr-Garcia-KeratoconusDr. Garcia performed crosslinking on a Keratoconus patient that just happens to work for OMNI! Brea is loving her new “eyes” and vision. As you can see in the photo, Brea is all smiles!

If you or someone you know has symptoms of Keratoconus, bulging of the cornea and vision loss, please reach out to OMNI and ask for Brea, she will be more than happy to answer any questions and tell you about her experience having this eye opening procedure at OMNI, and yes, pun intended.

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