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At CCRS, patients with weak corneas can undergo this FDA approved corneal strengthening procedure to prevent further weakening and loss of vision. The Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking was approved by the FDA in 2016 to treat weak corneal conditions such as keratoconus and kerectasia following laser vision correction surgeries. During this procedure, Riboflavin (Vitamin B) is applied to the cornea, and the eye is illuminated with UV-A light. This process creates cross-linking bridges between the corneal fibers and strengthens the corneal tissue. Unlike in the past, when corneal transplantation was the only definitive treatment for a weak cornea, corneal cross-linking can now be done as a cost-effective office procedure.
Dr. Paul C. Lee is not only an expert in vision correction surgery but is a corneal specialist who can restore better health to a weakened eye. At CCRS, we are committed to bringing the most advanced treatment options to help our patients attain their maximal visual potential.
Corneal collagen cross-linking is a procedure done to strengthen a weakened cornea. Keratoconus is a genetic condition in which a cornea undergoes progressive weakening causing a deterioration in vision. In corneal collagen cross-linking, the adjacent corneal fibrils are cross-linked to make the cornea more rigid and sturdy. This process has shown to slow down or prevent further weakening of the cornea.
In the FDA study, corneal cross-linking has shown to be effective in preventing further weakening of the cornea. In our experience, some people have experienced significant improvement in their vision following the procedure.
Recovery from corneal cross-linking can take one to two weeks. Your vision will be blurry to varying degrees and will clear as you heal. Some people choose to do one eye at a time.
Corneal cross-linking is a two-step process. The first step is the removal of the epithelium, the surface layer of the cornea. The second step is treatment with UV light while applying Riboflavin (Vitamin B). The entire process takes about two hours.
Yes, you are awake during the procedure. We numb your eye throughout the procedure with drops, so there is no pain. You can bring an earphone to listen to your favorite music.
There is no pain during the procedure as your eye is kept numb. However, after your procedure, for the first few days, you may experience discomfort. We will give you numbing drops and pain-relieving pills to help you during your recovery.