Keratoconus / Cross-linking2020-02-24T13:33:14+00:00

What you need to know about keratoconus treatment / cross-linking

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Keratoconus treatment / cross-linking explained

In these toggles we explain what you need to know about keratoconus / cross-linking

What is keratoconus?

According to the National Keratoconus Foundation, symptoms include:

  • Increased light sensitivity
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • A halo around lights
  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches and general eye pain
  • Eye irritation
  • Typically, keratoconus is diagnosed in young people who are at puberty in their late teens or early twenties.

In addition to a prescription of contacts and glasses, we may suggest corneal cross-linking.

Corneal cross-linking is where we use special eye drops and ultraviolet A (UVA) light to help the damaged tissue in your cornea grow stronger. This process stops the bulge on the eye from getting worse as it adds special bonds that work like support beams to help the cornea stay stable.

If you do have or develop this lifelong condition, it is important to understand the nature of it so that you can learn to embrace it. Having a lack of knowledge incites fear, and so you should do your research and ask us any questions you have.

Cross-linking halts the progression of keratoconus by stiffening the cornea and stabilising the eye.

This process stops the bulge on the eye from getting worse as it adds special bonds that work like support beams to help the cornea stay stable.

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Mr Bolger suggested having cataract surgery on both eyes on the same day and whilst I had concerns, I decided to go ahead. The day after I was able to remove the eye pads and I had perfect vision. I have told many people that it was the best thing I have ever spent my money on. I have needed spectacles or contact lenses since I was 9 years old and now have 20/20 vision with no assistance from spectacles. I would highly recommend the My-iClinic.

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Double cataract removal in September 2018. The total experience from initial consultation to operation was most efficient. The result so far has been exactly as described in the brochure, I’ve never seen so well. I had glasses from just over 1 year old till now, (80+), what a difference!

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Just discharged after having monovision cataract surgery in both eyes I am delighted with the outcome. I can see both near and far and have been able to dispense with my contact lenses and glasses. I have been well looked after from my first contact. Mr Bolger was very professional and reassuring and I felt at all times that I was in good hands. I cannot fault the whole experience including the charges, which having researched various alternatives, proved to be very reasonable.

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I had high confidence in the team working at My-iClinic due to their attentive and thorough end-to-end service, from the reception desk to the operation theatre. I have recommended the practice already to multiple friends, family members and colleagues. (And my eyesight is better than I even hoped for!)

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Links to more information about eye conditions…

Educate yourself further by reading the links below

The NHS has provided an excellent overview of glaucoma, including causes, tests, and treatments. Click here for more information.

The National Eye Institute provides a walkthrough of a cataract condition with examples of what your vision may look like, as well as treatment options. Click here for more information.

The National Eye Institute provides a great amount of information regarding macular degeneration. Click here for more information.

For the NHS guide to long-sightedness, click here.

For the NHS guide to short-sightedness, click here.

About the experts

Meet the My-iClinic founders, Mr John Bolger and Ms Bola Odufuwa. Two consultant eye surgeons who made it their life goal to make your life better.

Bola Odufuwa

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director
MBBS DO FRCS (Ed) FRCOphth MSc

Bola Odufuwa is a consultant ophthalmologist at The Royal Free Hospital and My-iClinic. Her specialities include cataract, glaucoma, paediatric, and laser refractive surgery. Bola has had extensive training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, where she gained expertise in the management of various eye conditions.

Bola Odufuwa’s special interests include optimal refractive outcomes following cataract surgery, non-penetrating glaucoma surgery, and assessment eyesight in children with special needs: particularly dyslexia and autism.

Mr John Bolger

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director
FRCS DO FEBOS -CR

John Bolger is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinic Director at My-iClinic. His specialities include ophthalmology, laser refractive surgery (SMILE, Presbyond, LASIK, PRK, PTK), refractive lens exchange (RLE), cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and macular degeneration.

Over the course of his career, John Bolger has carried out over 35,000 cataract operations, 20 of which were for eye surgeons. He has also taught over 1500 young ophthalmologists worldwide as they begin their surgical careers.