Today, we are celebrating the perseverance of Eye Center of Texas patient Bekah Blanton, whose arduous, 6-year-long journey to find quality Keratoconus treatment led her to our offices this past July. After receiving the Corneal Cross-Linking procedure, Bekah’s vision is finally improving.
In honor of National Keratoconus Day and Bekah’s success, we want to help spread the word about what Keratoconus is and how the Corneal Cross-Linking procedure works.
What is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a condition of the eye in which the cornea weakens and being to “bulge” out. Many doctors, like Bekah’s, liken the shape of this bulging to that of a cone or a football. It typically causes nearsightedness, distorted and blurred vision, and light sensitivity.
What is Corneal Cross-Linking?
Also called collagen cross-linking, corneal cross-linking is a procedure that helps strengthen the cornea. It can be performed in two ways, epithelium-off and epithelium-on. In the epithelium-off method, the outer layer of the cornea (the epithelium) is removed and a B vitamin, riboflavin, is activated using UV light. The same procedure is done in the epithelium-on method, although leaving the epithelium on increases the time needed for the riboflavin to reach the cornea.
End and begin you Keratoconus journey at Eye Center of Texas
Six years is a long time to wait for proper treatment. If you have Keratoconus, call Eye Center of Texas at 713-797-1010 or request an appointment online. Recommended by over 300 Houston-area doctors, Eye Center of Texas will help you take care of your vision.
In the meantime, we hope that by sharing this information about Keratoconus and Corneal Cross-Linking we can make the journey for patients like Bekah less difficult.