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, We specializes in the medical and advanced surgical management of a variety of corneal procedures.
Our services for corneal surgery include:
Each of these procedures is designed to treat issues with the cornea and improve your vision. California 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.
Common signs and symptoms of keratoconus are:
California Eye Center 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!
Our surgeon 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 our Specialist before you undergo surgery; you may be able to avoid it altogether!
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.
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.
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, we 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.