Corneal Cross Linking

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Eye Centre, Level 5, Mater Private Network, Eccles Street, Dublin 7, D07 WKW8 01 885 8621

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About this service

Corneal cross-linking strengthens the collagen crosslinks which are the natural “anchors” within the cornea. They support the shape and strength of the cornea to keep it strong and to maintain its normal shape, helping the eye to focus better and  to improve vision. 

Corneal cross-linking is used to treat keratoconus. The eye normally has a round shape but with keratoconus the cornea bulges forward. This causes the shape of the eye to change into a cone-like shape. The cornea becomes thin and weak, causing poor vision. 

This procedure is not a cure for keratoconus but the aim is to arrest its progression, and thereby prevent further deterioration in vision. 

The cornea consists of millions of collagen fibres in close contact with each other. Cross linking combines the use of ultra-violet light and riboflavin eye drops, to strengthen the bonds between the fibres - making the cornea stronger and preventing further bulging forward of the cornea. 

At Mater Private Dublin's Eye Centre, we use the Avedro KXL accelerated cross-linking system which incorporates the above technique for a quicker and more comfortable procedure. 

The procedure

Crosslinks between collagen fibres of the cornea keep it strong and maintain its normal shape. As part of the cross-linking procedure, additional supporting links, 'cross-links', are added to support the weakened cornea.

The supporting cross-links are used to help the cornea hold shape and to make it more stable so that the eye is better able to focus. The new cross-links help strengthen the cornea which stops the thinning process and further loss of vision.