Two views of the collagen cross- linking machine
and safety evaluations show no apoptosis of endothelial cells, if the corneal thick- ness is at least 400 microns pre-treat- ment and there has been no change in the clarity of the cornea or the lens. Professor Seiler has, however, reported that the long-term data available in rabbits treated with the riboflavin/UV light cross-linking technique, show that keratoconus eventually begins to progress again. 7
The future for collagen cross-linking is a very exciting one. It may also be used to treat other ectatic disorders – pellu- cid marginal degeneration, post-Lasik keratectasia – and because of its low cost, it may have applications in developing
countries, where corneal grafts are not readily available. ●
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