What is Corneal Cross-Linking?
-linking is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that uses ultraviolet light along with specially formulated eye drops to stiffen and strengthen corneas that have been weakened by disease or . Cross-linking is considered the standard of care around the world for and following .
The , creating new, stronger links to create a more stable shape. The goal of this procedure is to keep the from bulging more and avoid major surgery. If symptoms of become severe, you may need a . is a condition that causes and weakening over time which creates a bulge shape that distorts vision. -linking procedure creates new -links that result in a shortening and thickening of the
cross-linking does not reverse damage that has already occurred, it keeps them from getting worse. If you are a , it’s best to consult with your eye doctor as soon as possible.
Is Cross-Linking Right for Me?
Patients who have been diagnosed with as a result of should ask their doctor about or -linking
Kleiman Evangelista Eye Centers of Texas offers patients the first and only FDA-approved therapeutic solution for the treatment of have the opportunity to slow or halt the progression of this sight-threatening ., iLink™ -linking. Now, patients who once had little to no therapeutic options for
A Team of Experts.With decades of combined experiences, Kleiman Evangelista’s doctors provide industry-leading care using the latest, advanced technology and techniques.
What to Expect During The Procedure
Your surgeon will apply numbing drops to the eyes and will gently remove the (the thin layer on the surface of the ). Then specially formulated pharmaceutical-strength eye drops will be applied to the for at least 30 minutes. These drops will help enable the cross-linking reaction and allow your to better absorb light. Another specialty drop may be required depending on your .
The cornea is then exposed to UV light for 30 minutes while additional drops are applied. The specialty drops combined with the UV light stiffens and strengthens the cornea to slow or halt progressive keratoconus. takes about an hour.
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