What is Corneal Cross-Linking?
Corneal collagen cross-linking is a medical procedure that combines the use of ultra-violet light and riboflavin (vitamin B2) drops to help strengthen the cornea or ” windshield” of the eye in case of corneal ectasia. CXL can be used to help patients with keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, or post-refractive surgery corneal ectasia.
- Creates new corneal collagen cross-links
- Results in a shortening and thickening of the collagen fibrils
- Leads to the stiffening of the cornea
CXL is performed in the office and uses topical anesthesia. It can be performed either one eye at a time, or bilaterally depending upon the patient’s clinical scenario and indications as determined by our South Shore Eye Care surgeons.