Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking

LASIK is not an option for someone who has been diagnosed with keratoconus. There are other possible treatments however. Corneal collagen cross-linking, or CXL, is a revolutionary noninvasive outpatient treatment for progressive keratoconus patients and corneal ectasia patients.  This treatment requires nothing more than a riboflavin-containing solution and an ultraviolet light delivery device to strengthen the cornea.  CXL treatments slow or halt progressive keratoconus for about 90% of patients and improve vision in more than half of patients treated.

How is CXL Performed?

First, numbing drops are added to the eyes to ensure patient comfort. Riboflavin solution drops are added to the eye; these drops saturate the cornea in riboflavin for about thirty minutes.  Special cases may necessitate removal of the outermost corneal epithelial cells prior to the addition of riboflavin. Once the eye is thoroughly saturated, the eye is treated with ultraviolet light. This treatment lasts between 5 and 30 minutes.

How Does CXL work?

Ultraviolet light reacts at a molecular level with riboflavin on the surface of the cornea. Resulting bonds, or cross-links, make the cornea stronger. Strengthening the cornea slows, and for many patients stops, progressive keratoconus and corneal ectasia.

Collagen Cross-Linking Benefits

  • Slows or Halts Progressive Keratoconus
  • Requires A Single One-Hour Treatment
  • Zero Injections
  • Zero Stitches
  • Zero Incisions
  • Fast Recovery

Collagen Cross-Linking Candidacy

  • 14 Years of Age or Older
  • Prior Diagnosis of Progressive Keratoconus or Corneal Ectasia
  • Adequate Corneal Thickness
  • Not Be Pregnant
  • Ability to Leave Contact Lenses Out for Four Weeks Before and After Treatment

To learn more about keratoconus, please call 800.527.3745 to make an appointment to see one of our specialists at LaserVue Eye Center. LaserVue Eye Center is also a leading provider of cataract surgery and laser vision correction in San Francisco Bay Area.

Our facilities are located in San Francisco, San Jose, Walnut Creek, and Santa Rosa at:

3540 Mendocino Ave., #200
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
1174 Castro St., #112
Mountain View, CA 94040
1700 California St., #480
San Francisco, CA 94109
108 La Casa Via, Suite 104
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

See our testimonials to hear the experiences of some of our happy patients.