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Corneal Cross-Linking & Transplants
Corneal collagen cross-linking is a technique that was first used in 1998 to treat patients with a disease called keratoconus. The out-patient procedure is used to treat a weakened or warped cornea.
Shmunes Vision is one of a small number of Jacksonville practices that does FDA-approved cornea cross-linking in our office.
What does corneal cross-linking do?
Normal corneas have crosslinks between its collagen fibers that keep it strong and able to retain its normal shape. In keratoconus, the cornea is weak with too few cross-links or support beams. This weakened structure allows the cornea to bulge outwards. The cross-linking procedure adds cross-links or “cross beams” to the cornea, making it more stable, holding its shape and focusing power better. These new cross-links help strengthen the cornea which stops the thinning process and further loss of vision.
Many research studies have shown that cross-linking may prevent further vision loss in over 95% of patients and improves vision in 60-81% of patients treated.