What happens during the procedure?
The procedure is performed in a sterile, day-surgery environment, by an ophthalmic surgeon specialising in corneal disease and its management. The procedure is performed on one eye at a time, about a month apart. Some patients may only need the procedure on one eye, as keratoconus is often worse in one eye, although it rarely affects one eye only. After numbing your eye, the surface of your cornea is disrupted in order to allow the treatment to penetrate to the deeper layers. A visor is worn to apply the UV light. The riboflavin is applied throughout the procedure.
What is the recovery time?
Your eye is typically very sensitive after the procedure, and a bandage contact lens is worn for the first few days to protect. This is usually removed after a few days once your eye has had time to regenerate the top layer of the cornea, or epithelium. Your surgeon will usually see you the day after your procedure and follow your progress for several months.