Blurred Vision and Light Sensitivity? You May Need Surgery

corneal cross linking If you’ve faced changes to your vision through blurriness or light sensitivity, you may need something known as corneal cross-linking, a procedure that can help treat keratoconus. 

Keratoconus is an eye condition that weakens and thins the cornea, eventually making it bulge, which can impair vision. If left untreated and allowed to progress, keratoconus can necessitate a corneal transplant. 

Here’s how you know you have keratoconus and how a corneal cross-linking procedure can help. 

What to Know About Keratoconus 

Keratoconus can begin between the teenage years and mid-30s. There is no known way to prevent keratoconus, and the mechanism of development is currently not understood by science. 

The condition can affect both eyes or even just one eye. Researchers believe genetic predisposition, chronic eye inflammation, and eye rubbing can play a part in developing keratoconus. 


Though symptoms can vary depending on the severity of your keratoconus, common symptoms include: 

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye irritation 
  • Headaches related to eye issues
  • Worsening or clouding vision 

How Corneal Cross-Linking Can Slow or Stop Keratoconus 

A reduction in collagen production and function in the cornea leads to keratoconus. 

Corneal cross-linking is a surgical procedure that helps form new bonds between collagen fibers in your cornea, increasing the strength of the cornea. This can slow down or even stop the progression of keratoconus. 

Receiving treatment early can allow you the best opportunity to retain as much of your vision as possible. 

Restore Your Vision at the Richens Eye Center 

Keratoconus is a progressive disorder. Untreated, it can result in permanent vision loss. Corneal cross-linking can help with the condition, though it cannot reverse keratoconus. Don’t delay in getting help; otherwise, you may risk the condition progressing.

The Richens Eye Center has a team of highly-skilled, board-certified ophthalmologists, so you know you’re receiving the best care. With two locations in St. George, Utah, and one in Mesquite, Nevada, premium care is available near you.

To prevent the progression of keratoconus and restore your vision, contact the Richens Eye Center by calling 435-986-2020 for the St. George, UT office, 435-628-1112 for the St. George Sunset, UT office, and 702-346-2950 for the Mesquite, NV office.

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