Keratoconus

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Keratoconus: Corneal Cross-Linking Summary


Keratoconus is a warping of the cornea that progressively distorts vision. It is strongly associated with eye-rubbing.

Keratoconus: Corneal Cross-Linking
If the keratoconus is progressing, surgical intervention is advised. This can be performed with Epi-ON or Epi-OFF cross-linking. The skin on the cornea is the epithelium and with Epi-ON cross-linking, the epithelium is not removed. This makes the procedure safer, less painful with a quicker return to normal routines.
Keratoconus: Corneal Cross-Linking (CXL)
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Overview

Keratoconus is a condition affecting about 1 in 2000 people where the collagen fibres in the cornea are relatively loosely arranged and not tightly bound to one another as it would be in a healthy cornea. The result is that the fibres can slip over one another and cause a steepening (cone) of the lower half of the cornea. This leads to a reduction in vision, an increase in astigmatism and the introduction of aberrations that reduce the quality of vision. It typically starts in the late teens and early 20’s

Benefits

  • Stabilise the cornea
  • Stop the progression of the keratoconus
  • Can be combined with procedures to improve the vision

Candidates

  • Irregular Astigmatism
  • Blurry vision that glasses don't correct adequately
  • Glare / haloes / starburst

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Please be advised that you are not expected to diagnose yourself or be familiar with all of the information below. Please feel free to book a consultation for a professional opinion.

Keratoconus: Corneal Cross-Linking


If the keratoconus is progressing, surgical intervention is advised. This can be performed with Epi-ON or Epi-OFF cross-linking. The skin on the cornea is the epithelium and with Epi-ON cross-linking, the epithelium is not removed. This makes the procedure safer, less painful with a quicker return to normal routines.

Treatments


Keratoconus and Corneal Cross Linking Options

Two basic decisions need to be made:

1) Is our aim only to stabilise the current corneal shape and vision?

2) Do we want to try and improve the vision and then stabilise it with CXL?

The cornea and vision is stabilised with CXL (Corneal Cross-Linking) or AXL (Accelerated Cross-Linking).

The vision can be improved with the following procedures combined with CXL or AXL:

1. Topography-guided PRK (SimLC = Simultaneous Laser CXL)

2. CK (Conductive Keratoplasty)

3. Intacs (Intra-corneal ring segments)

4. MyoRing (Intra-corneal ring)

Keratoconus Treatments

View options available to you and see what previous patients have to say

Overview of Keratoconus

Keratoconus Management

Intacs

How Intacs can improve vision and corneal stability

Cross-Linking

Stabilising vision and corneal shape with CXL or AXL

SimLC Testimonial

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MyoRing

Corneal ring implant to improve vision in keratoconus and help stop progression

Costs


Initial Consultation

Consultation
€320

Procedure Costs

Keratoconus

Treatment
Price
Price *After Med-1 Tax Rebate of 20%
Cross Linking (per eye)
€2000 per Eye
€POA per Eye
SimLC or SimCK (per eye)
€3000 per Eye
€POA per Eye
Intacs
POA
€POA per Eye

Some Keratoconus procedures are subsidised by Health Funds. For more details please contact the clinic. Please note that prices include 12 months follow-up visits.

Treatment
Price
Price *After Med-1 Tax Rebate of 20%

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If you suffer from any vision disorder please feel free to book a consultation with one of our ophthalmologists or surgeons who will advise what is best for you.