Keratoconus / Corneal Cross Linking

What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is an uncommon degenerative eye condition that usually begins in young adulthood. It can occur in one or both eyes, and can be difficult to detect because it usually develops slowly, although it may progress rapidly in some people. Typically, patients have a long history of progressing myopia and astigmatism. They generally need to change their glasses and contacts more frequently than average and, even with glasses or contacts, they often experience distorted vision, streaking and sensitivity to light.

Signs and symptoms of Keratoconus

  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent changes in eye glasses
  • Increased light sensitivity
  • Difficulty driving at night-Halo and ghosting
  • Eye strain headaches
  • Eye irritation

What causes Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is caused by a weakness in the corneal tissue. It may be inherited or result from chronic rubbing of the eye. Ectasia, a similar condition is the result of LASIK or PRK in an eye with a weak cornea.
The cornea becomes thinner and develops a cone-like bulge. When light rays enter the eye, they are bent by the cone shape, causing distortion of vision, ghosting (the perception of multiple ghost images), blurriness, sensitivity to bright light and eye strain.

What are my treatment options?

We understand how important your vision is to you – especially if you are young and have your whole life ahead of you. At VLEC, we can help you greatly improve the quality of your vision – and your life with:

INTACS

State-of-the-art procedure that regularizes the cornea and may significantly reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts, improve your vision and may stop or slow the progression of keratoconus.

Corneal Cross-linking

A safe and common procedure that can strengthen the cornea and improve the effectiveness of INTACS rings. VLEC is the only centre in BC that offers accelerated corneal cross-linking.