The so-called crosslinking of the cornea refers to a crosslinking of the fibers for the mechanical stabilization of the corneal tissue. Although this cannot reverse the disease, it can at least stop it in its existing state. In many cases, a slow reduction of the irregular corneal shape is also observed.
Crosslinking involves applying riboflavin drops (vitamin B2) and UV radiation to the eye. This is now a widely used, safe and effective treatment to stop the progression of keratoconus.
UV-riboflavin crosslinking is now a commonly used, safe and effective treatment to stop the progression of keratoconus. Besides the general surgical risks, there are no known side effects or complications with this method so far.