Corneal crosslinking: Current protocols and clinical approach : Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery

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Corneal crosslinking: Current protocols and clinical approach

Beckman, Kenneth A. MD1,2,*; Gupta, Preeya K. MD3; Farid, Marjan MD5; Berdahl, John P. MD6; Yeu, Elizabeth MD7,8; Ayres, Brandon MD9; Chan, Clara C. MD, FRCSC16,17; Gomes, José A.P. MD, PhD18,19; Holland, Edward J. MD10,11; Kim, Terry MD3,4; Starr, Christopher E. MD12,13; Mah, Francis S. MD14,15 the ASCRS Cornea Clinical Committee

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Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery 45(11):p 1670-1679, November 2019. | DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2019.06.027



Members of the ASCRS Cornea Clinical Committee performed a review of the current literature on the corneal crosslinking (CXL) procedure for treating corneal ectasia. The members explored the data on the techniques currently in use and under investigation, including their advantages, safety profiles, risks, and cost analyses, compared with data on corneal transplantation. They concluded that CXL limits the progression of keratoconus, thus reducing the need for transplantation. They also found that compared with permitting the disease to progress naturally, CXL techniques carry significant and long-term cost and safety benefits, primarily by reducing the need for corneal transplantation. Studies of various CXL techniques (eg, epithelium-on treatment, changes in ultraviolet light parameters, riboflavin composition) continue with the ultimate goal of improving the procedure’s safety and efficacy.

© 2019 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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