Corneal Cross-Linking At Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates
Keratoconus is an eye condition that causes a change in the shape of your cornea. If your eye doctor has told you that you have this condition, you may want to consider corneal cross-linking (CXL) as a treatment option. At our Columbia, SC, practice, Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates, we offer this method to help preserve your vision.
Who Needs Corneal Cross-Linking?
For those who have keratoconus, the cornea gradually changes shape over time. The cornea helps to direct light into your eyes correctly, and when its shape changes, you won't see as clearly. If keratoconus progresses, you may eventually need a cornea transplant to be able to see properly. CXL can prevent the condition from reaching that level of severity. While it does not correct the changes that have already occurred to the shape of your cornea, CXL can keep your eyesight from getting worse.
How Does an Eye Doctor Perform CXL?
During a cornea cross-linking procedure, our eye doctor uses a combination of eye drops and light. The entire procedure takes 60 to 90 minutes, and most of that time requires you to wait for the eye drops to soak into your eyes. You will feel no pain throughout the procedure because you have numbing drops in your eyes.
When you come into our optometry clinic for this procedure, first our eye doctor will give you numbing eye drops followed by riboflavin (vitamin B2) drops. These vitamin drops allow your eyes' corneas to react appropriately to the UV light our optometrist uses. You will need to wait up to 30 minutes for the drops to work. Our optometrist will then shine ultraviolet light onto your eyes to create new links between collagen in your eyes. These links strengthen the corneas and prevent them from changing shape further.
Your vision won't improve after this procedure, but it won't get worse the way that it would if you had not had this procedure.
Contact Our Optometry Clinic for More Information About CXL
If you think that you may qualify for cornea cross-linking, contact us by phoning (803) 254-6306. You can also make an appointment after our office staff help you with any questions that you may have. Keratoconus is a progressive condition, but through corneal cross-linking, you can prevent it from affecting your vision. Connect with us at Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates in Columbia, SC, today to schedule your visit.