Surgery Treatment for Keratoconus focused on correcting the unclear vision caused by the thinning and bulging of the cornea. There are few types of surgery available as the treatment of Keratoconus.
Surgery options for Keratoconus treatment include:
Corneal graft surgery/Corneal Transplant Surgery:
Corneal transplant is an excellent option for those patients where other methods of treatments are not suitable. Corneal Transplant Surgery is necessary when the cornea becomes too thin or when sufficient visual acuity to meet the individual’s requirements can no longer be achieved by contact lenses due to steepening of the cornea, scaring or lens intolerance. Corneal Transplant Surgery is a very successful technique of Keratoconus surgery with 90% of patients obtaining a radical improvement in vision. This surgery for keratoconus has been disbursed for over hundred years & fortunately this surgery has been greatly improved in recent years. This technique is all about removing the misshapen corneal tissue and replacing with the healthy corneal tissue. Keep in mind that, this keratoconus surgery is a crucial and sometimes frightening decision if you have decided to do it.
Intacs Surgery for Keratoconus:
Intacs is the brand name for micro-thin prescription inserts. Previously Intacs used as a form of refractive surgery for the treatment of minor levels of myopia or nearsightedness and recently received FDA approval for treating keratoconus in August 2004.
Intacs are thin plastic, semi-circular clear rings inserted into the mid layer of the cornea which means under the eye surface in the margin of the cornea to change the curvature of the cornea from within for clear vision.This Intacs Surgery for Keratoconus is good for patients who has contact lens intolerant and want to avoid a corneal transplant or no longer can obtain functional vision with contact lenses or eyeglasses and desire to improve their present vision with or without contact lenses. The Intacs Surgery procedure takes only about 10-15 minutes and patients may return to work one day after the surgery.
The goal of Intacs surgery is to reshape the cornea in order to make it more regular & optically smoother. Intacs can also help to make contact lens wear easier with better results, improve vision with glasses by decreasing the visual static and improve general vision in some patients.
Intacs surgical treatment can improve the best spectacle corrected visual acuity of a keratoconic eye. This surgery also has the advantage of being removable and exchangeable.
Conductive keratoplasty (CK):
Conductive Keratoplasty is a non-laser refractive eye surgery for correct the mild hyperopia and help people who are middle-aged and older to reduce their necessity for reading glasses after they become presbyopic. As keratoconus treatment, we often use Conductive keratoplasty to improve the astigmatism-reducing effect of Intacs. Conductive Keratoplasty is an FDA-approved technology designed to decrease your dependence on reading glasses so that you can improve your near vision. After having CK surgery, you may find that you wear your glasses less or only during certain activities.