Corneal cross-linking is a procedure that uses ultraviolet light, and eye drops to treat keratoconus.
The cornea contains collagen fibers that can become weak, and corneal cross-linking is a way to shorten and thicken those fibers.
Talk to an ophthalmologist at Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan if you believe you may benefit from corneal cross-linking.
Corneal cross-linking is used to treat a condition known as keratoconus. Keratoconus occurs when the cornea, the transparent, dome-shaped front surface of your eye, gradually thins and forms into a cone shape that bulges outward.Vision is distorted when a cornea develops into a cone shape, making a person more sensitive to glare and light. Although keratoconus typically affects both eyes, one eye is often more affected than the other.
The FDA recently approved corneal cross-linking as a treatment for keratoconus. Cross-linking is a chemical reaction that joins two substances. In corneal cross-linking, this chemical reaction bonds the collagen fibers together in the cornea, creating a more robust connection that helps to stop the unwanted bulging of the cornea.Corneal cross-linking can be performed by an ophthalmologist in the doctor’s office. The process of corneal cross-linking is straightforward:
The eye drops contain a chemical that is good for photo enhancement and allows for cross-linking. New corneal collagen cross-links form due to the procedure, and collagen fibers shorten and thicken to strengthen and thicken the cornea.
Corneal cross-linking cannot reverse the damage already done to eyesight due to keratoconus. However, if you do have keratoconus, corneal cross-linking can slow down the progression of this condition and keep your sight manageable for a more extended period.If you have been diagnosed with keratoconus, having corneal cross-linking done as soon as possible could be very helpful. Contact your ophthalmologist at Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan to find out if corneal cross-linking is something that you should consider.