happens, you may need to undergo a corneal transplant. Recovery from
this surgery can take a long time, but the risk of the body rejecting
a transplanted cornea is very low. Most often, patients will still
need to wear contact lenses after the surgery.
Although there are no specific ways to prevent keratoconus, some basic lifestyle choices can help keep your eyes healthy.
• Regular eye examinations are a must. It is during these exams that your health care provider has a chance to detect any conditions like keratoconus before they become a bigger problem. Once a year check-ups are instrumental in maintaining health vision over your lifetime.
• Wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes is an easy way to guard your vision against UV damage.
• A healthy lifestyle keeps your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar in balance. Suggestions include no smoking, limited eye rubbing, limited alcohol consumption and lots of leafy, green vegetables high in antioxidants.
There are a few different options to prevent the need for a corneal
transplant with the newest being corneal cross-linking. Corneal
cross-linking is a method where custom riboflavin eye drops are activated by ultra-violet light over a 30-minute session, meant to increase collagen cross-linking in the cornea and thereby strengthen it.