Corneal Cross Linking – Eye Surgery
Corneal Cross-Linking: A Practical Treatment for Keratoconus
One of the most promising treatments for patients suffering from keratoconus has recently received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Corneal cross-linking therapies can slow or stop the progress of this serious eye condition, reducing the number of corneal transplants required in the U.S. Both the Cornea Society and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Society have expressed their support for this procedure, which is already in use in Europe and Asia.
What Is Corneal Cross-Linking?
First introduced in Germany in 1998, corneal cross-linking therapies use a combination of riboflavin and ultraviolet light to stimulate the production of anchor points in the cornea.
- First, riboflavin eye drops are administered to the surface of the cornea.
- Next, the cornea is exposed to ultraviolet light to stimulate the tissue of the eye.
- The combination of UV light and riboflavin triggers the production of cross links in collagen tissue located in the cornea, allowing it to become stronger and more durable.
- The increased number of cross links in the collagen strands can reduce the outward bulge associated with keratoconus to slow the progress of this disease.
Corneal cross-linking is not a cure for keratoconus and cannot repair damage that has already occurred. It can, however, slow down the deterioration of the cornea to reduce the risk that a corneal transplant will be required.
Keratoconus treatments in Houston have advanced greatly over the years. As leaders in the LASIK industry, Mattioli Vision Professionals can provide patients seeking a practical solution to the visual issues caused by keratoconus. By working with our team of dedicated professionals, you can be sure that your procedure will be performed to the highest standards of excellence and that you will enjoy the best possible results from your Houston laser eye surgery.
Mattioli Vision Professionals specializes in providing expert help in all areas of eye care. We have extensive experience in the LASIK eye surgery field and can provide the best results for your vision correction procedure. We also perform cataract surgery to allow a clearer view of the world for patients struggling with blurry vision and sensitivity to glare. To learn more about our eye care services, call our offices at 713-776-3937. We look forward to hearing from you.