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Corneal Collagen Crosslinking

Maryland Corneal Collagen Cross Linking – Solomon Eye Physicians and Surgeons

Solomon Eye Physicians and Surgeons, a premier Maryland eye care practice, offers a promising new long-term keratoconus treatment called corneal collagen cross linking (CXL) or UV riboflavin CXL. UV riboflavin CXL involves the use of riboflavin eye drops (vitamin B-2) in combination with ultraviolet light to promote the growth of collagen cross links within the damaged cornea. It is believed that restoration of corneal collagen links strengthens the corneal tissue, thereby preventing the development of a misshapen,"cone-like" cornea associated with keratoconus.

UV riboflavin CXL treatment at Solomon Eye Physicians and Surgeons

The UV riboflavin CXL treatment begins with the administration of numbing eye drops. Next, Dr. Solomon carefully removes the epithelium cells from the surface of the cornea and apply the riboflavin eye drops. The eye drops are absorbed into the eye within 15 to 30 minutes, after which the eye is exposed to ultraviolet light. The light interacts with riboflavin to produce special types of oxygen molecules that gradually lead to the formation of chemical bonds within the corneal collagen fibers, making them stiffer and stronger.

UV riboflavin CXL is a painless procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis.

What to expect after UV riboflavin CXL treatment

Following CXL treatment, patients generally recover within three to five days, during which time the eye is protected with a bandage contact lens. Anti-inflammatory eye drops are prescribed and used for an extended period of time during the recovery.

Keratoconus relief after CXL is generally achieved within one week after the procedure, and the condition continues to improve for up to 12 months. Contact lenses may be worn within one month after CXL, and most patients will experience a frequent change in eyeglass prescription until the cornea becomes fully stable. CXL is the only treatment that can potentially halt the progression of keratoconus and, in some cases, restore lost vision.

Patients who achieve optimal results after CXL may choose to further correct their vision with laser eye surgery such as LASIK or PRK.

Please contact Solomon Eye Physicians and Surgeons for more information on UV riboflavin CXL treatment.

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