Columbia, SC, June 25, 2022 – Keratoconus is an eye disease that thins and weakens the cornea, leading to a bulged shape rather than a ball shape. As the condition progresses, it can lead to impaired vision and, in advanced stages, can become extremely hard to treat, resulting in advanced procedures that are not guaranteed to help. The eye disorder usually presents itself early on and progressively worsens over time. Common symptoms of Keratoconus consist of:
• Blurry vision
• Impaired or distorted vision
• Sensitivity to light
There are different treatments for each stage of keratoconus, but none in which prevent the disease from progressing.
But now, for residents in Columbia, The Eye Center offers corneal cross-linking – a procedure consisting of ultraviolet light and eye drops that strengthen the cornea that has been weakened by keratoconus. The process is not invasive and does not require a hospital stay.
Cross-linking is meant to stop Keratoconus in its tracks or, at the very least, to significantly slow down the progression and prevent it from worsening to the next stage, which would then require a corneal transplant.
The Eye Center uses iLink™, a specially formulated pharmaceutical-strength riboflavin eye drop, to assist with the cross-linking response. Combined with ultraviolet light, keratoconus is prevented from worsening.
Individuals near the Columbia area and that are dealing with keratoconus are encouraged to reach out to The Eye Center, where a team of dedicated doctors will assist them on the journey of restoring their vision. For those with keratoconus, it’s important to catch the disease before it has advanced too far. Inquiring more details about iLink™ corneal cross-linking will determine if it’s the right fit for each individual’s situation.
Cross-linking is FDA-approved and is the standard procedure for treating keratoconus. Now individuals with this chronic eye disease can seek effective treatment and gain back control over their vision.
About The Eye Center
The Eye Center is the leading refractive practice in South Carolina, providing full service eye care and specializing in Refractive Surgery – Lasik, AST, PRK, PRELEX, as well as Corneal Transplant and Cataract Surgery.