About Corneal Cross-Linking
Corneal cross-linking (CXL) is a minimally invasive technique performed to address the corneal thinning, or ectasia, associated with keratoconus and other eye conditions, like pellucid macular degeneration. The treatment involves the use of riboflavin eye drops in combination with UV light to strengthen the corneal collagen tissue in patients who are in the earlier phases of keratoconus. While CXL does not alter the shape of the cornea, the treatment can be effective to slow the progressive thinning and weakening in the cornea.
The skilled team at Vance Thompson Vision performs corneal cross-linking to treat corneal weakening in patients with conditions, like keratoconus. Since 2011, our ophthalmologists and optometrists have been involved with clinical trials for corneal cross-linking and are pleased to now offer this advanced treatment that was only recently approved by the FDA.
If you have received a diagnosis of a corneal irregularity, please call us to schedule a consultation. At our office in South Sioux City, NE, we see many patients who are in various stages of keratoconus and other eye conditions. We will provide a detailed examination and form a customized treatment plan for your condition.
What is Ectasia?
Ectasia refers to the thinning and weakening of the cornea that leads to loss of shape and structural integrity. In patients with keratoconus, ectasia causes the cornea to bulge into a cone-like shape because it becomes stretched beyond its means. If you have ectasia, your vision can worsen over time.
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Best Candidates for CXL
Ideal candidates for CXL have been diagnosed with corneal thinning disorders, like keratoconus, ectasia, and pellucid marginal degeneration. We often see patients who have other irregularities, like glare, eye irritation, light sensitivities, or blurred vision, as these individuals can often benefit from the CXL treatment. Our specialists will perform a full eye examination to determine if you are a candidate for CXL to treat a corneal disorder.
How CXL Works
Prior to your CXL procedure, your ophthalmologist will map your corneas to determine the scope and level of deterioration to allow us to design your ideal plan for treatment. Corneal cross-linking is performed as an outpatient procedure at Vance Thompson Vision. To begin, most patients will need to have the corneal surface layer scraped off to help the drops penetrate into the eye tissue. Next, the riboflavin drops will be administered, one eye at a time, before we place an ultraviolet light over your eyes. CXL is a minimally invasive procedure, not a surgery. To provide the best possible results, CXL may be performed along with other eye procedures as our specialists see fit.
What to Expect
After your procedure, our team will review all post-care instructions with you, such as wearing a protective contact lens for about a week. It is important to carefully follow these guidelines, as well as attend scheduled follow-up visits to our office. These appointments are vital to allow your doctor to supervise your progress and healing. If at any point you notice swelling, pain, infection, or irritation in your eyes, please call our South Sioux City, NE office as soon as possible.
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With the innovative CXL treatment, many patients are able to see very positive results while avoiding the possibility of needing a future corneal transplant. The surgeons at Vance Thompson Vision are highly knowledgeable and experienced in corneal cross-linking techniques to preserve your vision so we invite you to learn more about CXL. Contact us in South Sioux City, NE to schedule an appointment.