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Corneal Collagen Crosslinking with Riboflavin

For Keratoconus, Ectasia or unstable RK.


Corneal Collagen Crosslinking with Riboflavin (Corneal Collagen Crosslinking with Riboflavin®), that has been proven to strengthen the weak corneal structure. This method works by increasing collagen crosslinking, which are the natural "anchors" within the cornea. These anchors are responsible for preventing the cornea from bulging out and becoming steep and irregular, consequence of advanced keratoconus.

Keratoconus is a disease of the cornea that makes the cornea become weak and may gradually bulge outward. Most often, this bulging is in the lower half of the cornea and first presents as astigmatism, however not all astigmatism is due to keratoconus. In mild or early stages of keratoconus (forme fruste keratoconus), eyeglasses may correct the astigmatic vision.

The 30-minute corneal crosslinking treatment is performed in our office office. During the treatment, custom-made riboflavin eye drops are applied to the cornea, which is then activated by ultraviolet light. This amazingly simple process has been shown in clinical studies to increase the amount of collagen cross-linking in the cornea and strengthen the cornea. In published European studies, such treatments were proven safe and effective in patients.

The theory behind Corneal Collagen Crosslinking with Riboflavin treatment is that the fibrils of the keratoconus cornea loose their ability to link to each other.

Corneal Collagen Crosslinking with Riboflavin treatment causes more cross-linking of the fibrils, making the cornea stronger.

San Leandro • San Francisco • San Jose • Concord
420 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro, CA 94577-4989
Stephen G. Turner, MD FACS
(800) 339-2733 |
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