Corneal cross-linking is a state-of-the-art, FDA-approved, treatment for keratoconus, a condition in which a weakened cornea develops a cone-like bulge.
At Soroudi Advanced LASIK & Eye Centers, we deliver collagen cross-linking treatments. This minimally invasive, outpatient procedure combines specialized eye drops and UVA light following refractive surgery, which triggers natural collagen growth, strengthening the cornea.
What can I expect from the procedure?
This procedure, when performed by Dr. Soroudi, involves the application of riboflavin drops (vitamin B2) directly onto the cornea. Once the drops have been applied, the eye is exposed to a specialized UV light source. The combination of the riboflavin and the UVA light causes the corneal structure to stiffen. The entire procedure takes only about 15 minutes to complete and is painless. Your eye will be held open during the procedure, so you don’t blink, but it is still comfortable.
Why is collagen cross-linking better?
Imagine your eye in a tanning bed! The difference with the treatment is that it is less invasive, as it leaves the epithelium (the thin tissue covering the cornea) intact.
Halting progressive keratoconus in its tracks
Corneal cross-linking is currently the only treatment that can stop progressive keratoconus from getting worse. And it helps you avoid the need for a corneal transplant, a major surgery.
Preparing for your treatment
The day of your collagen cross-linking procedure, take a regular shower in the morning and do not apply makeup. Dr. Soroudi advises using a warm compress with baby shampoo scrub for ocular hygiene (you can purchase his patented Eye-press from CVS or online at www.eye-press.com) or a warm towel. Eat a normal meal, as there is no need to fast before the procedure. Arrange for another adult to drive you home after your procedure, or you can choose a driving service such as Uber, Lyft, or a taxi.