The Illinois Eye Institute recently introduced not one, but two new procedures for patients in the Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence. The first of these is called corneal cross-linking. This treatment benefits patients with conditions like keratoconus or ectasia. Previously, the available transplants came with long recovery time and risk of rejection. Corneal cross-linking is non-invasive, using riboflavin drops and UV light instead of surgery. Patients recover within days.
Dr. Osvaldo Lopez, Chief of Ophthalmology at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, ordered ICO’s Avedro cross-linking system within a week of its FDA approval. “ICO is a tremendous partner in this,” he says, “because of their reputation and the way they can reach out to the optometric community like no one else can.”
Even with cross-linking available, some patients may need scleral contact lenses to truly improve their vision. That is where EyePrintPro, the second new technology, comes in. EyePrintPRO creates a 3-D model of a patient’s entire ocular surface, giving a truly individualized fit. The result is a prosthetic scleral cover shell- a solution for keratoconus, irregular astigmatism, dry eye, deformed eyes, and chemical burns. All of the providers in our Cornea Center are certified EyePrintPRO practitioners. We waited on a 3-year waitlist for EyePrintPro, and now, the Illinois Eye Institute is the only location in Chicago to offer it.