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Keratoconus incidence

1 out of 2000


Keratoconus is

1st cause

of corneal transplantation in young people

Cornea Treatment in Dubai

The cornea is the eye’s most powerful structure for focusing light but can be damaged by infections, wounds, scarring or genetic diseases (keratoconus).

The Cornea Department focuses on treatments to restore the lost vision after difficult and sight-threatening diseases. Even with severe corneal scarring, we can offer stem cell transplantation, ocular surface reconstruction, keratoplasty and keratoprosthesis (artificial cornea) surgery in Dubai UAE.

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Progressive thinning and forward protrusion of the cornea resulting in irregular and conical shape. Usually bilateral, with onset at early age. There are changes in refraction and the quality of the vision gets worse with time, despite its correction.

There is certain familiar inheritance and no clear trigger to develop has been discovered. The collagen fibers become progressively weaker and get broken. Some point to personal biochemical factors.

Special contact lenses

Glasses can be used in early stages but normally they don´t provide good vision. Semisoft or RGP or Rose K contact lens, can help in mild to moderate cases. The quality of vision is better compared with glasses because they create a regular refractive surgery on the cornea. However, sometimes are difficult to adapt or wear, and they don’t stop the evolution.

Cross-Linking (CXL)

It is a procedure to strength the cornea increasing the rigidity of the collagen fibers. Riboflavin eye drops are applied followed by exposure of the cornea to ultraviolet radiation. The aim is to stop or, at least slow the progression of the keratoconus. Some cases even regress. It can be used in early cases.

Intracorneal Ring Segments

In more advanced cases, we can implant fine artificial ring segments in the peripheral cornea, which helps flatten and regularize the central cornea, thereby improving the unaided vision due to less irregularity, less myopia and astigmatism. They also give more strength to the cornea. This procedure is painless, simple to perform and takes only 5 -10 minutes per eye. The segments are implanted in Intralase created corneal tunnels that match the shape of the segments.

Phakic IOLs implantation

Once we have stopped the evolution of the keratoconus, Phakic lenses (ICLs) can reduce the refractive error and astigmatism, thereby significantly improving uncorrected vision.


In Surgical treatment, In very few cases, we can´t stop keratoconus evolution goes on and the only way to restore a good vision is to perform a traditionally full thickness corneal transplantation or most advanced Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK) with better results and less postoperative corticosteroids that reduces the incidence of steroid induced complications such as cataract and glaucoma.

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