Corneal Crosslinking With Riboflavin (C3-R) For Keratoconus
A new technique for the treatment of keratoconus is that of corneal collagen crosslinking with riboflavin (vitaminB2). This is an office procedure during which riboflavin drops are applied to the cornea and then activated by ultraviolet light to “crosslink” or strengthen the structural corneal collagen proteins which are weakened in keratoconus. In studies published so far, this appears to be a simple, effective and relatively inexpensive technique to arrest the progression of keratoconus. Some studies have even found that corneal crosslinking can even reverse some of the changes of keratoconus resulting in improved visual function
Prior to treatment:Remove rigid contact lenses two weeks prior to surgery.Discontinue Vitamin C treatment one week prior to surgery. The day of the operation:
Only one eye will be done.
Procedure takes about an hour and a half per eye.
A contact lens will be inserted after the procedure.
The eye will feel painful and uncomfortable.
You can start the drops immediately.
Review will be done at 1 week, and the contact lens removed.
Only after 4 weeks can the patient go back to wearing old contacts.
New contacts can only be fitted after 4 to 6 months.
There may be no improvement in vision, but progression of the keratoconus will be significantly reduced and possibility of further sight loss or corneal graft minimized.
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