Corneal Collagen Crosslinking for Keratoconus
Bowden Eye & Associates is proud to offer keratoconus patients a progressive treatment called corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL). This treatment is being hailed as an effective alternative to corneal transplantation for some patients because the process can help strengthen your weakened cornea and help save vision. It is not a cure for keratoconus, but it can slow the progression of the disease.
How CXL Works
Our fellowship-trained cornea specialists in Jacksonville, Dr. Frank W. Bowden, III, and Dr. Sarah Darbandi, perform CLX by applying a riboflavin solution (a form of vitamin-B2) to the eye. This solution can be applied to the eye’s outer surface (epithelium on) or a thin layer of the eye’s surface can be removed first (epithelium off) and the solution applied. Then the doctors will expose the eyes to ultraviolet A light. The combination of these two actions increases the amount of collagen cross-links in the cornea. CXL has been shown to make the cornea stronger and more stable, allowing the cornea to maintain its shape.
Find Out if Corneal Crosslinking in Jacksonville is Right for You
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