treatments for keratoconus


What is Corneal cross linking (CXL)?

Corneal cross-linking is a treatment for an eye problem called keratoconus.

In this condition, the front part of your eye, called the cornea, thins out and gets weaker over time. This makes it bulge into a cone shape, which can distort  vision and make it hard to see. If the symptoms of keratoconus get severe, the patient might  need a corneal transplant.

In corneal cross linking (CXL), doctors use eyedrop medication  and ultraviolet (UV) light from a special machine to make the tissues in cornea stronger. The goal is to keep the cornea from bulging more.

It’s called “cross-linking” because it adds bonds between the collagen fibers in  eye. They work like support beams to help the cornea stay stable. Corneal cross-linking (CXL) is the only treatment that can stop progressive keratoconus treatments from getting worse. And it may help you avoid a corneal transplant, which is a major surgery.

Corneal Treatment

The cornea is your eye’s clear, protective outer layer. Along with the sclera (the white of your eye), it serves as a barrier against dirt, germs, and other things that can cause damage. Your cornea can also filter out some of the sun’s ultraviolet light.

It also plays a key role in vision. As light enters your eye, it gets refracted, or bent, by the cornea’s curved edge. This helps determine how well your eye can focus on objects close-up and far away.

If your corneais damaged by disease, infection, or an injury, the resulting scars can affect your vision. They might block or distort light as it enters your eye. Different sorts of corneal ailments require specific and focused treatments. Consult your eye specialist for correct diagnosis and treatment.