Frequently Asked Questions
How can The Keratoconus Care Clinic benefit me?
As well as assisting in making the diagnosis, the Clinic can monitor progression and in conjunction with your eye health professional via regular reports, assist you in making the best management decision for your condition.
What is Riboflavin and cross-linking?
This is an exciting new treatment for keratoconus that stiffens the cornea using Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) and ultraviolet light (UVA 365nm) exposure. The three and five year results of the Dresden Clinical Study using human eyes, has shown arrest of progression of keratoconus in all treated eyes (Wollensak G. Crosslinking treatment of progressive keratoconus: New Hope. Current Opinion in Ophthalmology 2006; 17: 356-360)
Who can benefit from this treatment?
Patients who are undergoing a reduction in vision are suitable for cross-linking treatment. It aims to HALT PROGRESSION of the condition and may delay the need for corneal transplantation. Patients continue to wear spectacles or contact lenses following the procedure. However, in advanced keratoconus other treatment alternatives may need consideration
At the Keratoconus Care Clinic we can closely monitor changes to corneal shape and thickness which are indicators to identifying patients who are suitable for this treatment.