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Side effects of corneal collagen crosslinking?

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Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Crosslinking

Corneal cross linking is a procedure designed to strengthen the chemical bonds in the cornea to prevent or stabilize ectasia (usually from keratoconus or following lasik).
This uses uv light and a photosensitizer. Possible side effects include corneal swelling, infection, temporary haziness, and scarring. See http://eyewiki.Aao.Org/corneal_collagen_cross-linking for much more detail.

In brief: Crosslinking

Corneal cross linking is a procedure designed to strengthen the chemical bonds in the cornea to prevent or stabilize ectasia (usually from keratoconus or following lasik).
This uses uv light and a photosensitizer. Possible side effects include corneal swelling, infection, temporary haziness, and scarring. See http://eyewiki.Aao.Org/corneal_collagen_cross-linking for much more detail.
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Dr. William Trattler
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery

In brief: Crosslinking (CXL)

Side effects or risks with CXL depend on the technique.
Eli-Off - where the epithelium is removed - has more risk - as the epithelium has to heal over 3 to 5 days. In contrast, epithelial-On (where the epithelium is not removed) has minimal risk, and patients can return to normal activities the next day. With Epi-Off - the main risks are infection and corneal haze. Thankfully- these are uncommon

In brief: Crosslinking (CXL)

Side effects or risks with CXL depend on the technique.
Eli-Off - where the epithelium is removed - has more risk - as the epithelium has to heal over 3 to 5 days. In contrast, epithelial-On (where the epithelium is not removed) has minimal risk, and patients can return to normal activities the next day. With Epi-Off - the main risks are infection and corneal haze. Thankfully- these are uncommon
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