Corneal crosslinking heals corneal ulcers - Cameron Optometry | Cameron Optometry
Corneal crosslinking heals corneal ulcers

Corneal crosslinking heals corneal ulcers

Posted on 11th May 2012

A new application of corneal cross linking (CXL), a treatment previously used for treating keratoconus has been shown to be effective in treating infectious corneal ulcers.

Indian specialists initially treated 6 eyes with the procedure before the favourable results prompted them to expand the study to 31 eyes. Initial treatment was with conventional antibiotics but after 2 weeks and where the eye was not healing properly CXL was performed. All except 2 eyes showed a positive response to the crosslinking procedure.

Crosslinking is a relatively new procedure where special drops of riboflavin are instilled into the eye and then activated by controlled exposure to UV light. The riboflavin increases the cross linking between the fibres of collagen that make up the cornea strengthening it. It is a little like the process of tanning leather and happens naturally throughout life. In conditions like keratoconus the eye is more fragile and begins to become misshapen and research has shown cross linking can halt the progression of the condition by strengthening the cornea.


Related Posts

Is homeschooling having a negative effect on your child’s vision?

28th January 2021

We’ve had several patients get in touch to say their children are complaining of sore eyes and headaches at the moment. Older children in particular, are spending many hours on screens whilst homesc...

Read more

Murray McGrath

18th January 2021

We are saddened to inform you that at the end of last year we lost our founding partner, Murray McGrath, who many of you will have been treated by over the years. Cameron Optometry started out as W M ...

Read more

COVID-19 advice

07th January 2021

This page will have our latest information on the care we can provide during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also find information on our Facebook page. LATEST UPDATE Thursday, 7 January, 2021 We are...

Read more

Welcome to our new optometrist

16th December 2020

We are delighted to let you know that we have a new optometrist joining the practice in January. Alexandra Young is incredibly highly regarded and we are excited to welcome her to the team. In addi...

Read more