Until recently, people with keratoconus had few treatment options. The best their eye doctors could offer were increasingly stronger eyeglasses, special contact lenses, and eventually, in many cases, a corneal transplant. In spring 2016, the FDA approved a new treatment for this condition, which causes your corneas (the clear outer covering of the eye) to bulge gradually into a cone shape, distorting your vision. That treatment, called collagen cross-linking, or CXL, is now available at Duke Eye Center, the first provider in North Carolina to offer it.
“It’s a long-awaited and very exciting development,” said Duke corneal specialist Terry Kim, MD. “Many patients and surgeons in the U.S. have been awaiting this procedure’s approval, as it has been used successfully in Europe for more than 10 years."