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iCare Clinic Announces Corneal Collagen Crosslinking Partnership

TOMBALL, Texas, May 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- iCare Clinic announced that thanks to a special partnership, the eye clinic is now offering patients corneal collagen crosslinking surgery. This specialized surgical procedure halts progressive and irregular changes in the cornea that can lead to myopia and astigmatism. This includes keratoconus, a thinning disorder of the cornea that causes visual distortion. Corneal crosslinking (CXL) is currently is in clinical trials across the country as a treatment option for keratoconus.

iCare Clinic announced that the eye care clinic has joined a network of ophthalmologists in order to offer the latest vision treatments, including corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL). The cornea is the front surface of the eye. Changes to the cornea, such as corneal thinning or an increase in anterior or posterior corneal curvature can affect vision and lead to higher levels of myopia and astigmatism.

Corneal collagen crosslinking uses UV light and a photosensitizer to strengthen chemical bonds in the cornea. The goal of this treatment is to halt any progressive, rapid changes to the cornea that affect vision, says optometrist Dr. Mark Richardson.

"For optimal results, corneal collagen crosslinking should be performed by a highly trained optometrist with access to specialized diagnostic equipment," said Dr. Richardson. "Thanks to our partnership with leading ophthalmologists, we can now offer our patients access to this network for superior vision care. We are one of the only local eye clinics to offer access to this procedure."

In addition to offering corneal crosslinking (CXL), iCare Clinic also provides corneal reshaping therapy (CRT), which uses specially designed vision retainers to gradually reshape the cornea. Corneal reshaping therapy can also be effective for reducing or eliminating nearsightedness or astigmatism that is due to an irregularly shaped cornea.

"Corneal reshaping therapy reshapes the cornea in a similar manner to how a retainer realigns crooked teeth," said Dr. Richardson. "The vision retainer is worn at night while sleeping and removed in the morning. Patients enjoy clear vision during the day without the need for contacts or glasses."

Studies have found that corneal reshaping may also help to prevent childhood vision problems from worsening.

"Both corneal reshaping therapy (CRT) and corneal crosslinking (CXL) are important breakthroughs in addressing vision loss and minimizing the need for glasses and contacts," said Dr. Richardson. "Procedures are appropriate for individuals of all ages. I recommend scheduling a diagnostic appointment to learn more about these treatment options and which might be most appropriate for your vision needs."

In addition to offering corneal crosslinking and corneal reshaping therapy, iCare Clinic provides comprehensive vision services for its patients. These services include eye and vision exams, contact lens exams, and Lasik eye surgery. Frame selection options include designers like Calvin Klein, Dior, Guicci, and Coach.

Individuals who are interested in learning more about corneal crosslinking can schedule an appointment at iCare Clinic by visiting http://www.icareclinic2020.com.

CONTACT: iCare Clinic, 832-717-3937Source: iCare Clinic