Corneal Surgery: Keratoconus treatment with Intacs, Collagen Cross-linking,
Phototherapeutic Keratectomy (PTK) & Corneal Transplantation with LASER in Los Angeles
Dr. Soroudi specializes exclusively in performing KERATO-refractive surgical procedures that involve the Cornea (the clear, lucid tissue in front of our eyes)…
Dr. Soroudi has performed thousands of Corneal Operations to date, he is considered one of the most experienced Corneal Surgeons in Los Angeles, and one of the best eye surgeons in town by his colleagues…
The cornea is the most important structure in our eyes. As such, even the most minor damage can result in repercussions to a person’s vision. Whether you are seeking treatment for corneal scarring or degenerative corneal conditions, Dr. Soroudi specializes in the medical and advanced surgical management of a variety of corneal procedures in Los Angeles, Huntington Park, and Encino.
Our services for corneal surgery include:
- Intacs for keratoconus
- Collagen Cross-linking
- Corneal transplantation
- Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK)
Each of these procedures is designed to treat issues with the cornea and improve your vision. The Soroudi Advanced LASIK & Eye Center has helped thousands of patients receive the care they need to improve their vision, whether through the transplantation of the cornea, insertion of intacs, or removal of superficial tears to the cornea. Dr. Soroudi and the rest of our office are proud of the services we offer, and you can request a consultation to gain a better understanding of the procedures we can use to help you.
Dr. Soroudi specializes in the following Corneal Procedures:
Intacs for Keratoconus
Tired of wearing thick contact lenses and still suffering from poor vision?
Watch an overview of the Crosslinking technique
Keratoconus is the thinning of the cornea, the clear dome-shaped outer surface of your eye. Eventually, the cornea bulges out word into a cone shape causing blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and difficulty seeing at night. Most commonly affecting individuals between the ages of 10 to 25, the chance of developing it increases if it runs in the family. Different treatment options are available depending on the severity. Mild to moderate keratoconus may be treated with eye glasses or contact lenses. Another treatment is called corneal collagen cross-linking which uses riboflavin and UV light to strengthen the cornea. Often this treatment is used in addition to the insertion of Intacs. Intacs corneal implants are two small crescent-shaped pieces made of a plastic polymer which are inserted into the cornea to support the cornea shape, leading to improved vision. But if the cornea becomes scarred, making it painful to wear contacts, surgery is another option. Recovery time can take up to one year and you may need to continue wearing rigid contacts to ensure clear vision. Keratoconus can worsen over time, so early detection is key. If you notice any of the symptoms, it is best to schedule an appointment with your eye care professional. He or she can work with you to make sure you had the best vision possible
The Soroudi Advanced LASIK & Eye Center is one of the centers of excellence
in diagnosis and treatment of Keratoconus!
Dr. Soroudi implants more Intacs in a month than most eye surgeons do in a year…
We invite you to read our Yelp Reviews on our intacs results and urge you
to also visit www.keratoconusspecialist.com
If you’re visiting this web page, then you’re probably one of about
1/2000 people in the world who suffers from keratoconus or irregular astigmatism.
Thanks for your interest in our site: You’ve come to the right place.
Common signs and symptoms of keratoconus are:
- Difficulty seeing even with your glasses or contacts
- Not qualifying for LASIK
- The need to wear hard (or Rigid Gas Permeable) contact lenses
- The need for a corneal transplant
Dr. Soroudi has successfully treated hundreds of patients with this (or
similar other) condition fully regain their visual potential and get them
out of glasses or contacts altogether!
Dr. Ebbie Soroudi is one of only a handful of experienced eye surgeons in Los Angeles, CA who specialize in treating this difficult condition with intacs, which are currently the only FDA-approved treatment for this condition. He combines this revolutionary technology with PRK, and if necessary, Collagen Crosslinking to help restore each patient’s vision to its highest potential possible.
If you have irregular astigmatism, forme fruste keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, post-LASIK ectasia, or if you just have myopia with very thin corneas, you still may qualify for vision correction with intacs, and your PPO insurance may even cover the cost of this procedure entirely. If you’ve been told you need a corneal transplant, please consider being evaluated by Dr. Soroudi before you undergo surgery; you may be able to avoid it altogether!
Please contact us and schedule an appointment to come in for a thorough evaluation; you may just be on your way to 20/20 uncorrected vision.
Intacs are thin, clear, semi-circular plastic ring inserts that can help provide a clearer vision for those with vision problems from a condition known as keratoconus. These inserts provide a unique alternative to contact lenses and can sometimes postpone a need for corneal transplant. During the procedure, the inserts are placed in the outer areas of the cornea. The inserts change the curvature of the cornea, reducing the cone like distortion caused by keratoconus. The procedure allows the cornea to be reshaped without removing any tissue. Intacs are designed to be permanent, but they can be exchanged or even remove division needs change over time. Intacs cannot be felt, are no more visible than a contact lens, and require no maintenance.
Surgical Treatment of Keratoconus in Los Angeles, CA & Surrounding Areas
Adopted from Dr. Soroudi’s Book: Advanced Refractive Surgery
Keratoconus is a relatively common eye condition that has been estimated to affect up to 1/2000 individuals worldwide. As its name implies, this condition refers to a “cone-shaped” cornea (kerato = cornea and conus = cone-shaped). As a result of this irregular shaped cornea, people with keratoconus get irregular astigmatism, and can’t focus images with glasses or regular contact lenses.
Corneal Topographic Comparison
Regular Astigmatism (Normal Eye) vs. Irregular Astigmatism (Keratoconic Eye)
Some patients with keratoconus can enjoy functional vision with Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contact lenses, but either their vision deteriorates so much with time that these contact lenses either do not correct their vision enough, or their cornea is so irregular that these lenses no longer fit right and keep falling out.
To this day, most surgeons can only offer a corneal transplant for such patients, but there is a new FDA-approved procedure available for people with this condition called intacs. This procedure will not only improve one’s uncorrected and best-corrected vision, but it helps stabilize the progression of this disease and prevent the need for a transplant altogether. Further, it enables patients with keratoconus to later undergo laser vision correction (with PRK) and help them see clearly with no glasses at all!
Intacs are tiny clear plastic inserts that are placed inside very small round tunnels that are made in the periphery of the cornea encircling the pupils.
There are two ways to open the tunnels where intacs are placed. Just like with LASIK, one can use a special prolate mechanism to do it, or use the intralase laser, which makes these tunnels with air bubbles. The problem with the intralase technique is that it only makes tunnels up to 400um in depth, which in some patients may not be enough. The prolate mechanism allows us to make deeper tunnels, which in many patients translates into much better results.
Actual intacs rings
This side view, demonstrates where the intacs rings are situated once properly inserted
The end result.
(Dr. Soroudi’s actual patient who is a Dentist who suffered from years of poor vision prior to his surgery; after having this surgery over years ago, he still sees 20/20 uncorrected.)
With this quick & painless procedure, we have the ability to flatten the cornea considerably and treat myopes (individuals with nearsightedness) with extremely thin corneas or people with severe corneal ectasias (keratoconus, pellicuid marginal degeneration, or post-LASIK ectasias) see much better without the need for a corneal transplant.
This procedure provides great hope for patients with keratoconus, and can not only improve their vision without any correction, but can help them avoid a transplant surgery altogether.
In addition to intacs, Dr. Soroudi specializes in performing Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) to relieve any residual astigmatism or myopia in patients with very severe disease, where intacs are not sufficient to treat their entire refractive error. In addition, he offers his patients a new revolutionary technology called Collagen Crosslinking where by utilizing light energy, he literally strengthens the bonds in the cornea, which improves vision and prevents further deterioration of the cornea overtime.
Dr. Soroudi is one of the leading, most experienced intacs surgeons in California, and he will discuss all your options with you during your consultation. If you are not a candidate for this procedure, Dr. Soroudi does offer corneal transplantation as an alternative. Call our office today!
Treatment from a top eye surgeon in Los Angeles can be sought by residents of surrounding communities, including Encino, Huntington Park, Westlake Village, Sherman Oaks, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Woodland Hills, West Hills, and Calabasas.
The cornea is the clear surface that covers the front of the eye. The cornea is made up of millions of fibers that are linked together to maintain the cornea shape. Certain conditions like keratoconus can weaken the links between these corneal fibers and alter the cornea’s shape. This leads to distorted vision that worsens over time. Glasses, contact lenses, and corrective corneal implants are used to compensate for this, but the problem can progress to the point where the cornea must be transplanted to restore useful vision. A corneal transplant is an invasive procedure requiring a lengthy recovery period, lost time from work, and carries a higher risk of postoperative complications. Even if successful, the quality of life for corneal transplant recipients is significantly impacted and often requires them to make permanent lifestyle changes. Today, a procedure known as UV cross-linking is a simple, minimally invasive treatment, that can stop the progression of keratoconus and similar conditions. While crosslinking cannot reverse the distortion of the cornea, it can prevent further changes. Studies have shown that cross-linking preserves vision and avoids the need for a corneal transplant. the cross-linking procedure Begins by administering drops of riboflavin solution to the surface of the cornea. Once the cornea has been saturated with the solution, a small amount of UVA light activates the riboflavin to strengthen and stabilize the weakened links between the corneal fibers. Most patients will not require more than a single treatment. If you or someone you care about suffer from keratoconus or a similar condition, ask your doctor about cross-linking and find out if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
Discuss Your Corneal Surgery Options with a Top Eye Surgeon in Los Angeles, CA
Your treatment options are determined only after meticulous evaluations and examinations. Dr. Soroudi also takes your needs and goals into consideration when discussing the treatments you have available and makes it a point to provide you with all the details you need to make a well informed decision. We strongly advise anyone who has experienced a corneal condition to schedule a consultation with our top eye surgeon, Dr. Soroudi, as soon as possible. Contact the Soroudi Advanced LASIK & Eye Center today.