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WHY SHOULD I HAVE MY EYES TREATED AT MAKATI EYE LASER CENTER?

We believe in the pursuit of wellness as well as the prevention of disease. By focusing on your total well- being, we are committed to restoring your youthful beauty and clear vision, ultimately renewing your passion for life.

WHY

ARE

REGULAR

MEDICAL

EYE

EXAMINATIONS IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE?

Eye disease can occur at any age. Many eye diseases do not cause symptoms until the disease has done damage. Since most blindness is preventable if diagnosed and treated early, regular examinations by your ophthalmologist are very important. We exert extra effort to continue caring for our patients’ eyes even after a successful surgery. Since 1995 we have always believed that…

TOTAL WELL-BEING BEGINS WITH CLEAR VISION.

MAKATI EYE LASER CENTER

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MAKATI EYE LASER CENTER

COLLAGEN

CROSSLINKING

Patient info series 2007:

WHAT IS KERATOCONUS?

Keratoconus is characterized by the

cone-like bulging of the eye due to a

thin

and

weakened

cornea

(the

outermost layer of the eye).

It is one

of

the

conditions

that

disqualifies

patients

from

undergoing

refractive

laser surgery.

 
WHY SHOULD I HAVE MY EYES TREATED AT MAKATI EYE LASER CENTER? We believe in the

Patients are usually diagnosed in their teenage years. Symptoms begin with a mild astigmatism which can be corrected with eyeglasses early on.

HOW IS KERATOCONUS TREATED?

As

the

condition

progresses,

patients

may

change

prescriptions frequently. In time, eyeglasses may not be enough to correct the vision, and the doctor may eventually resort to the use of contact lenses. Hard or rigid gas- permeable contact lenses are most commonly used.

When vision correction is no longer possible, when the cornea becomes excessively thin, or when problems arise from contact lens wear (such as corneal scarring), corneal transplantation may be considered. About one- fifth of keratoconus patients progress to the point of needing corneal transplantation.

WHAT IS COLLAGEN CROSSLINKING?

Now

there

is

a

new

alternative

to

corneal

transplantation. Collagen crosslinking is a process that stiffens collagen (protein fibrils in the cornea), making the cornea stronger. During collagen crosslinking, new bonds are made between collagen molecules.

Clinical results show that collagen crosslinking stops the progression of keratoconus. After treatment, the bulging corneas have a less conical shape and visual acuity is improved. Eyeglass or contact lens wear may be continued to improve eyesight.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE LIKE?

Collagen crosslinking is a simple procedure done on an outpatient basis. The patient is made to lie flat one hour before the procedure. Topical anesthesia in the form of eyedrops is used to numb the eyes. The epithelium (outermost layer of the cornea) is then gently scraped before riboflavin is applied to the cornea. This is followed by irradiation with ultraviolet light for half an hour. A bandage contact lens or an eye patch may be used to keep the eye protected after the procedure.

HOW DOES COLLAGEN CROSSLINKING WORK?

With the application of ultraviolet light, riboflavin releases oxygen radicals that help form new bonds between collagen molecules.

When vision correction is no longer possible, when the cornea becomes excessively thin, or when problems

Before crosslinking

After crosslinking

When vision correction is no longer possible, when the cornea becomes excessively thin, or when problems