Keratoconus Treatment

Award-Winning Surgeon with Multi-Followship Training

Advanced Surgical Machinery & Diagnostic Devices

Affordable & Flexible Finance Options

Central London Locations

Keratoconus Treatment

Performed by an Award-Winning Surgeon with Multi-Followship Training

Advanced Surgical Machinery & Diagnostic Devices

Affordable & Flexible Finance Options

Central London Locations

About Us

At the Harley Vision, we combine world-leading clinical expertise with most cutting-edge technology in eye care.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is utilised where possible to optimise treatment outcomes.

Highly Specialized
Care

State of Art
Diagnostic Devices

Highly Advanced
New Technologies

Highest Board of Certification
for Ophthalmology Consultants

Clinic Led By a Consultant
Eye Surgeon

What is Keratoconus Treatment?

Keratoconus (ker-uh-toe-KOH-nus) occurs when your cornea — the clear, dome-shaped front surface of your eye — thins and gradually bulges outward into a cone shape.

A cone-shaped cornea causes blurred vision and may cause sensitivity to light and glare. Keratoconus usually affects both eyes, though it often affects one eye more than the other.

Many keratoconus patients are unaware they have the disease. The earliest symptom is a slight blurring of vision or progressively poor vision that is not easily corrected.

Other symptoms of keratoconus include:

  • Glare and halos around lights
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Eye irritation or headaches associated with eye pain
  • Increased sensitivity to bright light
  • Sudden worsening or clouding of vision infection

Treatment for keratoconus depends on the severity of your condition and how quickly the condition is progressing, but doctors will decide the best one for you after evaluating your condition

Keratoconus Corneal Transplantation

Keratoconus corneal transplantation is advised when the cornea becomes dangerously thin or the scarring too prominent for enabling any vision. It involves replacing the thin conical cornea surgically with a normal donor cornea for improving the previously impaired vision.

Collagen Cross linking

Keratoconus cross-linking involves an application of riboflavin solution and corneal radiation combined with UV radiation. The purpose of Keratoconus treatment is to improve the bonds between the collagen fibrils of the cornea. 

Glasses and soft contact lenses

Spectacle correction and contact lenses are the initial measures of Keratoconus treatment. Though effective initially, refractive error more than -3D when presented in the form of irregular astigmatism does not make glasses a very reliable option. 

Hard contact lenses

Hard contact lenses can cause immense improvement in vision due to their improved fitting. Piggyback lenses and hybrid lense – a combination of hard and soft contact lenses – may be considered effective Keratoconus treatment modalities are providing equal measures of vision and comfort. 

Keratoconus Corneal Transplantation

Keratoconus corneal transplantation is advised when the cornea becomes dangerously thin or the scarring too prominent for enabling any vision. It involves replacing the thin conical cornea surgically with a normal donor cornea for improving the previously impaired vision.

Collagen Cross linking

Keratoconus cross-linking involves an application of riboflavin solution and corneal radiation combined with UV radiation. The purpose of Keratoconus treatment is to improve the bonds between the collagen fibrils of the cornea. 

Glasses and soft contact lenses

Spectacle correction and contact lenses are the initial measures of Keratoconus treatment. Though effective initially, refractive error more than -3D when presented in the form of irregular astigmatism does not make glasses a very reliable option. 

Hard contact lenses

Hard contact lenses can cause immense improvement in vision due to their improved fitting. Piggyback lenses and hybrid lense – a combination of hard and soft contact lenses – may be considered effective Keratoconus treatment modalities are providing equal measures of vision and comfort. 

Keratoconus Treatment

At A Glance

Back to work

1 week

Surgery Time

1 Hour

Hospital Stay

Day Case

Up & Mobile

1 Day

Up & Mobile

1 Day

Driving 4-5

Days

Washing

After 1 Day

Exercise

1 Week

Anaesthetic

Local Anaesthetia

Full Recovery

1-2 Weeks

Back to work

1 Week

Surgery Time

1 Hour

Hospital Stay

Day Case

Up & Mobile

1 Day

Travelling

5-6 Days

Driving

4-5 Days

Washing

After 1 Day

Exercise

1 Week

Anaesthetic

Local Anesthesia

Full Recovery

1-2 Weeks

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, keratoconus can be treated with laser that is combined with cornea collagen cross-linking. However, there is a lack of robust long-term trials of the effectiveness of this treatment and risk of long-term worsening of keratoconus. At the Harley Vision, this treatment is not performed because of the poorly established long-term safety profile.

At the Harley Vision, we use OCT-based cornea tomography. This is the latest and most robust technology enabling extremely high definition actual measurements of each corneal layer. This technology is available in few clinics around the world. Furthermore, AI is utilised to aid in clinician diagnoses.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is utilised by the Harley Vision to improve keratoconus assessment. Mukhtar Bizrah is working with the AI faculty of Imperial College London to develop improved keratoconus assessment methods using AI. 

An ophthalmologist keratoconus specialist performs any surgical Keratoconus treatment, including Keratoconus cross-linking, INTACS and Keratoconus corneal transplantation procedures. If you face trouble finding an ideal keratoconus specialist, let AI Vision, London be your ideal guide.

Keratoconus cross-linking and INTACS are emerging as the best keratoconus treatment modalities because of their high success rate and subsequent improvement in vision. Keratoconus corneal transplant is also a popular treatment option enabling the patient to have improved vision along with giving a new life to his eye via transplantation.

As Keratoconus cross-linking treatment is a medical emergency, most insurance companies in London cover the cost for collagen cross linking along with the diagnostic procedures required for the surgery. Even if you don’t have insurance, clinics in London nowadays are tied up with many financing companies to process loans without any hassle. You can talk to your clinic for the finance options to get some help.

Keratoconus is not a disease but a chronic disorder that needs lifelong intervention to monitor its progress once diagnosed. Even with successful keratoconus treatment modalities, regular follow-ups are quintessential in checking the factors associated with Keratoconus and its effect on visual acuity.

Though studies have shown that Keratoconus plateaus by the age of 30-40, the corneal degeneration may or may not stop at that age. It depends on the genetic condition and management of risk factors regarding the progression of the degeneration. Talk to your keratoconus specialist for more information about your present condition.

About the surgeon

Mukhtar Bizrah is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon and specializes in cornea and cataract surgery. Dr Bizrah is one of the few ophthalmic surgeons in the world who is board certified in the UK, Canada, and Europe. As well as being the Co-founder and Director of the London Eye Course, he is also the Founder of the London Laser and Refractive Surgery Course. Dr Bizrah has more than 12 years of extensive experience in cornea and cataract surgery and has won numerous awards and prizes both nationally and internationally.

Highly respected among his peers, Dr Bizrah has led 30 research presentations around the world and has written 15 peer-reviewed research articles on his expertise in the field. As an expert in advanced corneal diseases and cataracts, Dr Bizrah’s training excelled from University College London, St. George’s University of London, and London Deanery. With two years at the Western Eye Hospital and Moorfields, Dr Bizrah has Fellowships from the London Western Eye Hospital and the University of British Columbia.

A dedicated humanitarian, Dr Bizrah is currently establishing links with Tanzania to support ophthalmology training to facilitate better eye care for those in need.

About The Surgeon

Mukhtar Bizrah is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon and specializes in Corneal and cataract surgery. Dr Bizrah is one of the few ophthalmic surgeons in the world who is board certified in the UK, Canada, and Europe. As well as being the Co-founder and Director of the London Eye Course, he is also the founder of the London Laser and Refractive Surgery Course. Dr Bizrah has more than 12 years of extensive experience in Corneal and cataract surgery and has won numerous awards and prizes both nationally and internationally.

Highly respected among his peers, Dr Bizrah has led 30 research presentations around the world and has written 15 peer-reviewed research articles on his expertise in the field. As an expert in advanced Corneal diseases and cataracts, Dr Bizrah’s training excelled from University College London, St. George’s University of London, and London Deanery. With two years at the Western Eye Hospital and Moorfields, Dr Bizrah has Fellowships from the London Western Eye Hospital and the University of British Columbia.

A dedicated humanitarian, Dr Bizrah is currently establishing links with Tanzania to support ophthalmology training to facilitate better eye care for those in need.

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