Scientists are discovering new biomaterials for use in bones, tissues, and other locations throughout the human body. We are following recent advances in corneal technology with interest.
Currently, one of the best treatments for keratoconus is through the use of intacs to help strengthen and support the cornea. While this is not a cure for keratoconus it has helped many patients with keratoconus to see more clearly and perhaps avoid the worst of this often debiltating condition.
It is likely that future technologies will follow a similar method to intacs in providing a support structure for the cornea that can help withstand the weakening effects of this collagen disorder. It can be expected that newer biomaterials will be developed that are smaller and stronger. Future advances in nanotechnology might build strong support structures within the cornea that can help delay or counteract the effects of keratoconus.
Currently, patients with keratoconus will often be advised that intacs can provide a level of relief and perhaps slow the effects of keratoconus. Some studies have shown that contact lenses might hasten the onset of keratoconus so many surgeons are suggesting that keratoconus patients using contact lenses should undergo intacs treatment before vision is substantially affected.