Keratoconus: Corneal Transplant or Cross Linking?

When is it ok to consider Cross Linking?

Keratoconus Cross Linking is meant to slow down the disease progression.
This treatment is suggested for patients that are in the initial phases of the keratoconus, in order to prevent it from worsening. Cross-linking surgery should increase the links between collagen fibrils that cornea is made of, in order to make it stronger and less deformable.

Cross Linking surgery lasts about 1 hour: cornea is numbed with a substance called riboflavin; after that, the cornea is lighted up with A ultraviolet rays.

Cross linking surgery result becomes noticeable after a few weeks or months and an improvements can be experienced even 1 year after this procedure. The goal of the keratoconus cross-linking is not to improve vision, but to prevent it from worsening because the keratoconus progression. Keratoconus cross linking should slow down the disease.

This treatment is suggested for patients that are int he initial phases of the keratoconus, in order to prevent its worsening. Cross-linking surgery should increase the links between collagen fibrils that cornea is made of, in order to make it stronger and less deformable.
Cross Linking surgery lasts about 1 hour: cornea is numbed with a substance called riboflavin; after that, the cornea is lighted up with A ultraviolet rays.

Cross linking with riboflavin can be performed removing the corneal epithelium (epi-OFF) or leaving it intact (epi-ON): this two procedures both have advantages and disadvanages that should be considered in every single case. After cross-linking surgery, it is possible to experience a certain degree of discomfort for at least a couple of days.

Cross linking surgery result becomes noticeable after a few weeks or months and an improvements can be experienced even 1 year after this procedure.

The goal of the keratoconus cross-linking is not to improve vision, but to prevent it from worsening because the keratoconus progression. Dr. Badalà performs keratoconus cross linking treatments in Milan and Catania.

Cross linking complications could be ultraviolet rays damages to cornea, crystalline lens or retina; this is why cross linking should be avoided when the cornea is too thin and keratoconus in an advanced phase.

 

Luca Formica, Catania

Votazione: Eccellente
Problem: Keratoconus
I met Dr. Badalà with a vision of 20/100 in each eye as a result of advanced Keratoconus. Other doctors did not advice for surgery. In two months I overcome my fear and I underwent corneal transplant surgery.
Immediat... Keep on reading this reviewely before entrance in the operating room, Dr. Badalà and the nursing team were joking with me, making the atmosphere nice and relaxed. The surgery was under general anesthesia and lasted two hours.
Upon recovery the eye was a little itchy and burning, anyhow totally bearable. I was dischenged from the hospital the next day without a patch, but wearing a protecting eye shell. The most beautiful thing in my life was getting my vision back 20/30 days after surgery and rediscovering things I had forgotten.
Today, 5 years after surgeries (I had corneal transplant in both eyes) I have 20/20 vision with a very simple pair of glasses that I use only at night for driving and I see well and enjoy details that I have not seen for a long, long time.
Obviously, I’m careful with my life but I have a normal life, I do everything I like to do, like play soccer, go biking, go to the gym, play videogames, and so on.
I’m appreciative of the gift of vision, for which I thank Doctor Badalà and his team.