If you have heard of keratoconus, it’s likely that you or someone you know is a sufferer. The UELC clinic is a leader in the effective treatment of keratoconus with the advanced UltraView XLINKING™ procedure.
Keratoconus is a degenerative eye disorder that causes thinning and cone-like steepening of the normally dome-shaped cornea. This steepening results in distorted vision, increased sensitivity to glare and light, and a reduction in visual acuity. Once considered a fairly rare disorder, keratoconus is on the rise; it now occurs in 1 in 500 people versus approximately 1 in 2000 in the past. Like many conditions – from deadly allergies to neurological disorders – that were once practically unheard of, yet have dramatically increased in recent years, the specific underlying causes of keratoconus remain unknown.
In some cases, keratoconus appears to occur randomly without an apparent family history; in other instances, the condition has affected more than one family member, suggesting that genetic factors may play a role. Symptoms usually occur in the late teens and early twenties, and the condition may progress for 10-20 years before slowing or stabilizing. Each eye can be affected differently, which often results in a dramatic, permanent decrease in the ability to see clearly, even with corrective lenses.
Symptoms of the condition include:
- Blurred vision
- Headaches and eye strain
- Increased sensitivity to light
The weakening of the cornea in keratoconus patients is due to an imbalance of enzymes within the cornea itself, rendering the eye unable to fight off excess amounts of damaging ‘reactive species’ chemicals. Reactive species chemicals are essentially the free radicals you may have heard of in connection with anti-aging skin care products; free radicals not only cause skin damage, but are also the culprits behind oxidative damage to the cornea. Patients with keratoconus lack the ability to sufficiently clear away the reactive species, leading to the toxic accumulation of the reactive species and eventual damage in the cornea from their buildup.
If your vision is getting worse, it is definitely worth getting a comprehensive eye examination to determine if keratoconus is the cause. There are factors which are known to exacerbate the condition, including exposing your unprotected eyes to UV rays, rubbing your eyes, and wearing ill-fitting contact lenses.
But ultimately, if you suffer from keratoconus, the most effective method to stop the progression of the disease is UltraView XLINKING™, a corneal cross linking treatment, which strengthens the compromised cornea that occurs with keratoconus. This is accomplished by increasing corneal collagen cross linking, the natural structural anchors within your cornea. The only other alternative is an invasive corneal transplant, which for most patients is naturally a last resort.
If left untreated, keratoconus can cause permanent loss of vision. Do not let that happen to you. Treat your keratoconus with and stop its progression with UltraView XLINKING™, a minimally invasive procedure performed by the expert eye care team at the UELC clinic. Conveniently located in Vaughan, our eye surgery clinic and technologies are second to none, and our consultations are always without obligation. Call to speak to a member of our friendly, knowledgeable team, and take an important step to preserve your precious sight.