A Closer Look at Collagen Crosslinking

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Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 by Dr. Robert Mack

Eye conditions such as keratoconus and pellucid marginal degeneration affect the cornea and often lead to symptoms that include vision loss, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light. Collagen crosslinking is an effective treatment that can help to reduce the effects of pellucid marginal degeneration and keratoconus symptoms near Hoffman Estates. Although collagen crosslinking is not a cure for these conditions, it does reduce the progression of these diseases to stabilize vision and improve comfort when wearing contact lenses. Collagen crosslinking can be performed by your ophthalmologist in the office during a short procedure that combines vitamin B2 drops with ultraviolet light to promote the creation of new connections between the collagen strands of your cornea. This strengthens the structure of the cornea, and may also flatten it to reduce vision distortions and increase the number of contact lens options available to you after treatment. Collagen crosslinking can be combined with other eye care options, including refractive surgery.

If you suffer from vision problems related to keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, astigmatism, nearsightedness, or cataracts, your eye doctor can help. By developing a targeted eye care plan that meets your needs, your ophthalmologist can improve your everyday comfort and your quality of life.