Find an Experienced Doctor to Perform Your Keratoconus Treatment
If you suffer from keratoconus, our practice serving McLean, Charlottesville and Rockville offers a range of gradually more intensive treatments that can help you to stabilize your vision. Whether keratoconus represents a mild obstruction or a severe hindrance to your ability to see clearly, Dr. Andrew Holzman can provide keratoconus treatment tailored to your specific degree of need, and allow you to depend on your vision once again. If your vision has been compromised by keratoconus, please contact our practice serving Charlottesville, Rockville and McLean today to learn how our advanced treatments can help you.
What Is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a degenerative genetic condition that affects the cornea (the dome-shaped frontal surface of the eye). The cornea consists primarily of collagen, a natural protein that is present in the skin and connective tissues. The main cause of keratoconus is when the collagen in the cornea starts to break down, causing it to become thinner. As a result, the cornea begins to bulge outward, taking on a conical shape that causes vision to become blurry and the eyes to become increasingly sensitive to light. This condition usually begins in a patient's late teens, and almost always occurs in both eyes.
In some cases, keratoconus may begin as astigmatism. Many patients are not even aware that they have keratoconus. If your vision has become less reliable, or if you have been diagnosed with keratoconus and your current treatment is not providing you with adequate results, contact us to find out if you are a candidate for the different types of keratoconus treatment.
Our Keratoconus Treatments
We offer a "treatment ladder" of increasingly intensive solutions to help you depend on your vision in spite of keratoconus:
Glasses or Contacts: The first line of treatment for keratoconus is prescription eye wear that can counter the altered contour of your cornea.
Intacs®: Intacs®, or corneal implants, are micro-thin devices implanted beneath the cornea's outer edge during a brief outpatient procedure. Intacs® gently reshape the cornea from within, correcting mild nearsightedness. This procedure does not require the removal of corneal tissue and can offer significant benefits. Intacs® have helped more than 97 percent of recipients achieve adequate vision for driving, and more than half achieve better than 20/20 vision.
Cross-Linking: Cross-linking is a keratoconus treatment that is currently available in the European Union, and is awaiting approval in the United States. In the meantime, our practice is serving as a test site, sanctioned by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Cross-linking involves using ultraviolet light to create free radicals in the cornea, which strengthens the collagen fibers and restores the cornea to its original shape. The hope and expectation is that cross-linking can halt the progression of keratoconus and prevent the need for a corneal transplant, as well as provide further benefits.
Corneal Transplant: Corneal transplantation, also known as keratoplasty, involves the replacement of part of the cornea with donor tissue, restoring vision and reducing pain. During the procedure, damaged corneal tissue is removed using an instrument called a trephine, which functions like a cookie cutter. The donor tissue is cut to achieve a precise fit. Finally, the donor tissue is secured in place with fine stitches, which your doctor will later remove.
Contact Us Today
Your vision is an invaluable asset, and we believe everyone deserves to be able to rely on their eyes. Contact our practice serving McLean, Charlottesville, and Rockville today if keratoconus or other conditions have compromised your ability to see clearly.
“Dr. Holzman is the best - very honest, very professional yet very friendly and personable.” Ben E.