Ensuring a Smooth Keratoconus Treatment Recovery

A close up of a man with green eyes Following surgical treatment for keratoconus, it is imperative that patients properly follow their doctor’s postoperative instructions and attend scheduled checkups. Keratoconus treatment recovery can be a simple process with the help of our Austin, TX, staff. Your post-surgery risks can be minimized significantly when you choose our expert doctors to perform your keratoconus procedure. Whether you are undergoing an Intacs® corneal ring insert surgery or receiving a corneal transplant, your doctor can ensure that you have a smooth recovery and achieve successful results. 

Types of Keratoconus Treatment

When keratoconus develops, patients may experience blurry or cloudy vision, sensitivity to light, eye pain, or chronic headaches. There are three common treatments to address this eye disorder:

  • Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contact Lenses: These firm lenses apply gentle pressure to help restore the shape of the cornea, improving focus.
  • Intacs® Corneal Ring Insert Surgery: The doctor will surgically insert small circular rings to restore the shape of the cornea and improve vision.
  • Corneal Transplant: The doctor will make a small circular incision to remove a diseased or damaged cornea and replace it with healthy corneal tissue.

Recovering from Treatment

After Intacs® corneal ring insert surgery, one of our doctors will monitor you at our outpatient facility before releasing you to go home. While many patients experience clearer vision immediately following the procedure, you will need to arrange for a someone to drive you to and from the procedure. 

Whether you are undergoing an Intacs® corneal ring insert surgery or receiving a corneal transplant, your doctor can ensure that you have a smooth recovery and achieve successful results. 

For patients experiencing an advanced stage of keratoconus, or for those who cannot tolerate RGP contact lenses, your eye surgeon might recommend a corneal transplant. After corneal transplant surgery, you may experience discomfort and blurred vision for up to two to three weeks. Your aftercare instructions will include taking medications to help manage any discomfort. You will need to wear a protective patch to safeguard your eyes for the first one to two weeks. Your doctor will likely prescribe eyedrops for you to use to prevent infection and rejection of the tissue. Sutures typically remain in the eye for several months after the surgery and can easily be removed in one office visit.

You should avoid rubbing your eyes and participating in activities that can cause eye trauma, such as playing contact sports. It may take up to a year for you to experience fully restored vision after corneal transplant surgery. 

As with any surgical treatment, if you experience a decrease in vision, irritation, or infection, these may be signs that your body is rejecting the donor cornea and you should call us immediately before these conditions worsen.

Call Us Today to Schedule Your Consultation

If you are considering keratoconus treatment and you have questions about the treatment timeline, contact Broberg Eye Care today to schedule your consultation with one of our skilled ophthalmologists. They can review the options available to you and address any questions or concerns you may have about keratoconus recovery. 

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