Is it possible to correct the refractive error using a laser after this surgery?
Patients who are successfully treated with crosslinking during the early stages of the disease, have a stable dioptric value after surgery and whose cornea is thick enough, can undergo laser refractive vision correction using the LASEK method.
When is the most appropriate time to decide for treatment?
Given the confirmed excellent results and safety of keratoconus treatment using the crosslinking method, we suggest you undergo treatment in the earliest stage possible. This allows us not only to preserve the cornea, but also good eyesight.
Is the treatment of both eyes recommendable even if eyesight is poor in only one eye?
This disease usually afflicts both eyes but does not progress at the same speed. Visual acuity is first poor in only one eye. If an examination reveals the onset of the development of this disease in the other eye, we recommend you undergo treatment in both eyes. This also prevents the worsening of visual acuity in the better eye.
How long is the recovery period?
The early recovery period after surgery is from three to five days. During this period the upper layer of epithelial cells of the cornea regenerates. For approximately the same period of time after surgery, the sensation of irritation and lacrimation are present. Healing in deeper-lying layers of the cornea, where the process of collagen fibers transformation occur, is slower and takes from six to eight weeks. During this period the vision can be blurry, the light might be dazzling.
Is crosslinking a new method of treatment in medicine?
No. The principle of crosslinking is known for many years in otorinolaringology, orthopaedics and heart surgery. The method is used for corneal keratoconus treatment in the last decade. First clinical studies about the use of this method started 14 years ago. The existing research confirm that this method is in regular indications safe, and that it can stop or slow down the progression of keratoconus.
Must this treatment be repeated?
No. This treatment is performed only once on each eye. According to the findings of existing researches, permanent increasing of the rigidity of the cornea is achieved.