Corneal cross-Linking is a treatment to help stop keratoconus from progressing.
Keratoconus is a thinning of the cornea, resulting in the normally spherically shaped cornea (at the front of the eye), to become more cone-shaped. If it’s progressive, then the cornea continues to get thinner and more cone-shaped. In many instances in the past, people with progressive keratoconus would need major surgery in the form of a corneal transplant.
However, now with the onset of Corneal Cross-Linking, many of these patients can halt the progression of keratoconus without needing the major surgery.
How Does Corneal Cross-Linking Work?
Corneal Cross-Linking works to strengthen the bonds in the cornea, there-by making it tougher, and less likely to continue thinning and becoming more cone-shaped.
This is done by using a UV light on the cornea, coupled with a photosensitising agent, which magnifies the effects of the UV light whilst ensuring the light stays localised to just the anterior cornea.
Who is Suitable for Cross-Linking?
Corneal Cross-Linking works best in the earlier stages of progressive keratoconus, so it’s important your Optometrist or refers you early to an Ophthalmologist who specialises in Cross-Linking.
Dr David Robinson and Dr Peter Kim are corneal specialists who have extensive knowledge in the Corneal Cross-Linking procedure having performed many cross-linking procedures over the years. Why not come and see them to determine if this procedure could benefit you.