Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition that causes the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, to thin and bulge. This can lead to blurred vision, distortion, and sensitivity to light. Keratoconus typically develops in the teenage years or early adulthood and can progress over time.
Intracorneal ring segments (ICRS) are a safe and effective treatment option for keratoconus. ICRS are small, arc-shaped implants that are inserted into the cornea to reshape it and improve vision. ICRS surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Benefits of ICRS Surgery:
ICRS surgery can provide a number of benefits for patients with keratoconus, including:
- Improved vision: ICRS can help to flatten and regularize the cornea, which can lead to significant improvements in vision.
- Reduced distortion: ICRS can help to reduce the distortion that is often associated with keratoconus, making it easier to see clearly.
- Increased comfort: ICRS can help to reduce the sensitivity to light and other discomfort that can be caused by keratoconus.
- Delayed progression: ICRS may help to delay or even stop the progression of keratoconus, which can help to preserve vision over time.
Who is a Candidate for ICRS Surgery?
ICRS surgery is a good option for patients with moderate to advanced keratoconus who have not responded well to other treatments, such as contact lenses or glasses. ICRS surgery is also a good option for patients with keratoconus who are not able to tolerate contact lenses.
What to Expect from ICRS Surgery:
ICRS surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that is typically performed on an outpatient basis. The surgeon will begin by creating a small pocket in the cornea. ICRS implants will then be inserted into the pocket and positioned to reshape the cornea. The surgery usually takes about 30 minutes to complete.
After surgery, patients will need to wear a protective eye shield for a few days. They will also need to use antibiotic eye drops to prevent infection. Most patients experience significant improvement in their vision within a few weeks of surgery.
World Keratoconus Day:
World Keratoconus Day is observed on November 10th to raise awareness of keratoconus and to educate people about the available treatment options. The Eye Foundation is proud to support World Keratoconus Day and to offer our patients with keratoconus the best possible care. Schedule an Appointment today to get your Clear Vision.