Specialty Eye Institute Now Offers the First and Only FDA-Approved Cross-linking Therapy for the Treatment of Progressive Keratoconus
Specialty Eye Institute announces that it is now offering the first and only cross-linking treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for progressive keratoconus and corneal ectasia following refractive surgery, two progressive and sight-threatening eye conditions that affect more than 160,000 Americans. Specialty Eye Institute is proud to bring this exciting technology and treatment option to their patients here in Michigan.
Many patients in the past with keratoconus had to undergo a cornea transplant if the disease continued to progress. Corneal cross-linking is effective in halting the progression of keratoconus and corneal ectasia.
"Corneal cross-linking is the only proven way to stabilize keratoconus and we are thrilled to be able to offer this procedure for our patients," states Kevin Lavery, M.D., Cataract & Refractive Specialist at Specialty Eye Institute (https://www.specialtyeyeinstitute.com)
Corneal cross-linking using Avedro's Photrexa products and KXL System is a medical procedure that combines the use of ultra-violet (UV) light and riboflavin (vitamin B2) eye drops. The procedure works by creating new corneal collagen cross-links, which results in a shortening and thickening of collagen fibrils that leads to the stiffening the cornea. Cross-linking, which has been performed in Europe since 2003, is considered the standard of care around the world for keratoconus and corneal ecstasia following refractive surgery.
"The corneal cross-linking procedure using riboflavin is the first and only FDA approved therapeutic treatment for patients with progressive keratoconus and corneal ectasia following refractive surgery. This can possibly save a patient from a more invasive corneal transplant procedure and is now covered by many insurance plans," states Luis Gago, M.D. (https://www.specialtyeyeinstitute.com/
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