Corneal Cross-Linking: Current USA Status: Report From the Cornea Society.

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Summary of "Corneal Cross-Linking: Current USA Status: Report From the Cornea Society."

The initial published clinical report on riboflavin/ultraviolet A corneal cross-linking (CXL) for treatment of progressive keratoconus dates back to 2003. CXL has since then been widely used outside the United States for treatment of progressive keratoconus and post-laser in situ keratomileusis ectasia. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Avedro Inc.'s corneal cross-linking system (KXL) for treatment of patients with progressive keratoconus and post-laser in situ keratomileusis ectasia in April 2016. The procedure is not currently approved for stable keratoconus. There are 2 FDA-approved topical ophthalmic solutions for use in CXL. Riboflavin 5'-phosphate in 20% dextran ophthalmic solution 0.146% (Photrexa Viscous) and Riboflavin 5'-phosphate ophthalmic solution 0.146% (Photrexa) are intended for use with the KXL system. Photrexa Viscous is used in all CXL procedures, whereas Photrexa is indicated for use when the corneal stroma is thinner than 400 µm after completion of the Photrexa Viscous induction period. The FDA-approved procedure using the Dresden protocol (UV-A, 3 mW/cm for 30 min) induces cytologic and morphologic changes in the anterior 250 to 300 µm of the corneal stroma. It has been believed that a minimum thickness of 400 μm was necessary to protect the corneal endothelium from potential damage. The CXL procedure using the standard Dresden protocol is established as the gold standard for treatment of progressive keratoconus. CXL treatment is indicated for a list of conditions ranging from corneal ectasia to infectious keratitis. Newer protocols, treatment regimens, and expanded indications will require further refinements, investigations, and long-term studies.


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Name: Cornea
ISSN: 1536-4798


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Surgical techniques on the CORNEA employing LASERS, especially for reshaping the CORNEA to correct REFRACTIVE ERRORS.

The measurement of curvature and shape of the anterior surface of the cornea using techniques such as keratometry, keratoscopy, photokeratoscopy, profile photography, computer-assisted image processing and videokeratography. This measurement is often applied in the fitting of contact lenses and in diagnosing corneal diseases or corneal changes including keratoconus, which occur after keratotomy and keratoplasty.

A layer of the cornea. It is the basal lamina of the CORNEAL ENDOTHELIUM (from which it is secreted) separating it from the CORNEAL STROMA. It is a homogeneous structure composed of fine collagenous filaments, and slowly increases in thickness with age.

A type of refractive surgery of the CORNEA to correct MYOPIA and ASTIGMATISM. An EXCIMER LASER is used directly on the surface of the EYE to remove some of the CORNEAL EPITHELIUM thus reshaping the anterior curvature of the cornea.

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