Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking: Could This Be the Answer to Keratoconus?

If you or a loved one has ever dealt with keratoconus before, then you understand why an answer to this overwhelming problem is needed.

To discover why some scientists believe that this procedure is the solution to this common eye condition, let’s take a look at what exactly corneal collagen cross-linking is and how it helps with keratoconus to begin with.

What Is Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking?

According to Avedro, “Corneal collagen cross-linking is an innovative therapy that has transformed the treatment of progressive keratoconus, a sight-threatening eye disease. Historically, as many as 1 in 5 patients with progressive keratoconus have required a corneal transplant, with more than half needing multiple transplants within 20 years.”

Essentially, the process consists of liquid riboflavin being poured on the eye. The eye is then introduced to a black light directly after to help the eye make new connections between collagen fibers within the cornea.

However, now that you know more about the procedure, you may still be wondering how it can help with this very serious eye condition. So, let’s take a look at what makes this process so ideal for treating keratoconus.

How Can It Help with Keratoconus?

Although the procedure on its own is rather unorthodox, its ability to help halt the progression of keratoconus is an incredible breakthrough. Essentially, the process strengthens and stiffens the cornea, slowing or halting the progression of keratoconus.

Until now, many of the other available correction surgeries were unable to make a difference with keratoconus, which is why this unique procedure is so important to the future of eye health and care as we know it.

So, if you are looking for someone to help you make progress regarding your own keratoconus diagnosis, schedule an appointment with Boulder Eyes today. We will help you prepare for a corneal collagen cross-linking procedure in no time!

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