What is Corneal Collagen Cross-linking?
Regenerative medicine is a class of procedures that promote self-healing, and a regenerative procedure has been approved for keratoconus treatments. Corneal collagen cross-linking fits this category because the procedure prompts the immune system to create natural fibers of collagen. Your ophthalmologist will use Vitamin B2/riboflavin drops and focus a special UV-A laser on the cornea. The laser activates the riboflavin, which stimulates collagen production. Strands of new collagen form on the stroma, a layer of the cornea, strengthening it. This procedure is most effective on afflicted patients under the age of 35 before the keratoconus progression has reached its end. This procedure is performed here at New York Laser Vision by Dr. Julia Giyaur. Although often not covered by most major insurance companies, financing is available with us.