avedro kxl

Keratoconus is a corneal disorder where the shape and consequently the entire structure of the cornea changes and thins increasingly, resulting in a conical shape. The treatment of keratoconus is not an easy task but in recent years due to technological advancement, there are techniques that slow down the progression and in some cases even cure keratoconus.

The most effective way to treat keratoconus is via the pioneering "Corneal Cross Linking" method of collagen fiber interconnection. Its ultimate goal is to strengthen and at the same time stabilize the cornea. This process is achieved by using riboflavin (vitamin B2) and irradiation of the cornea with ultraviolet UVA irradiation, from 3 to 15 minutes.

Our ophthalmologist performs cross-linking treatment with the state-of-the-art Avedro KXL I, which features a digital screen to adjust the intensity and UV irradiation time.

Now, in just three minutes, irradiation takes place instead of the thirty minutes that is needed with older techniques and technology.

In past decades, the only complete treatment for keratoconus was corneal transplantation. With the emergence of topography and corneal lithometry machines that help us to discover keratoconus even in its early stages, and therapies such as cross-linking, the need for corneal transplants have been greatly reduced.