Kerataconus can now be treated with a non-surgical procedure called cornea collagen cross-linking. A solution called riboflavin is soaked in to the cornea of the eye after delicately removing the surface layer of cells, this solution is then activated by illumination with ultra violet light from a laser. The riboflavin absorbs the UV energy and creates free radicals and oxidative stress that leads to the formation of chemical cross-links between the structural collagen fibres of the cornea. These cross-links increase the strength of the cornea and prevent it from stretching anymore thereby halting the progression of keratoconus. The procedure can be performed under topical anaesthetic and takes approximately 30 minutes.
How much does it cost?
Treatment for kerataconus starts from £1,750 per eye depending on the treatment you need. This will be explained at your initial consultation.
If you have medical insurance, you may be covered for payment of this procedure. Please check with your insurer to confirm. If you are paying for treatment yourself, we have interest free finance - 0% representative APR available. Download our information flyer or contact the friendly eye centre team for more details.
Will I need a referral from my GP or optician?
For treatment of kerataconous you will need to be referred by your GP or optician before you book a consultation.
What to do next
Contact the eye centre team to book a consultation with one of our consultant ophthalmic surgeons who will aim to provide you with all the information you need before you embark on your treatment including choice of procedures, what they involve and the associated risks and benefits. You should allow an hour for your consultation. The guide price for a consultation ranges from £200 to £250.