What to expect from the corneal collagen cross-linking procedure:
Before the procedure, we’ll give you local anaesthetic drops so that you won’t feel any pain.
Your surgeon will carefully and painlessly remove the surface of your cornea.
Riboflavin drops will be applied to your eye for 20 minutes.
We will then apply a measured dosage of UV light to your cornea for a further 10 minutes. Together with the riboflavin, the UV light encourages bonds between collagen fibrils to form, strengthening your cornea.
After the treatment, a bandage contact lens will be placed on your eye to help heal and make your eye more comfortable. You’ll need to keep this in place for a few days. We’ll also give you eye drops to use. Any discomfort during healing is usually mild, and should only last the first few days.
Corneal collagen cross-linking is an exciting new development in keratoconus treatment that could save your sight, especially if you receive treatment early on. Even those who we treat later find that it halts the condition’s progression, preventing the need for a corneal transplant.