Clear Choice Laser is now offering procedures using the KXL® System, the first and only FDA-approved therapy for progressive keratoconus. The machine, created by Avedro, was approved in April, along with Avedro’s Photrexa® Viscous and Photrexa® solutions, and is being used in about 100 facilities nationwide.
Treating Keratoconus with Corneal Cross-Linking
This system is used to treat keratoconus, a condition in which the cornea (the front clear window of the eye) becomes weak, thin, or irregularly shaped. Corneas with keratoconus can bulge forward into a cone shape, causing poor vision. It affects 1 in 750 Americans, and while the preliminary stages simply necessitate glasses, eventually the condition may require a corneal transplant.
The KXL® System facilitates corneal collagen cross-linking, a keratoconus treatment that has been in use since 1998. It combines the use of ultraviolet light and riboflavin to strengthen collagen fibrils on the cornea. This makes the cornea more rigid, and less likely to worsen over time.
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