Collagen Cross-Linking (UVX)

Collagen Cross-Linking is a new technique designed to treat patients with thinning corneas or suffering from keratoconus. The objective of the surgery is to strengthen the cornea to slow down or halt corneal thinning, it is not a cure for the disease.

This procedure has been pioneered in Australia by our Principal Surgeon Dr John Males. It is hoped this technique will delay or prevent the need for a corneal transplant.

Lady getting an eye test

What does Collagen Cross-Linking (UVX) involve?

How do I know if I am suitable for UVX?

What results can be expected from UVX?

What is Topography Guided Laser Vision?

Laser vision correction has traditionally not been available for those with keratoconus. This new technique combines Collagen Cross Linking with Topography Guided Laser Vision. You will first require a full examination to test your suitability for the procedure. This includes a test for refraction, two forms of corneal topography (mapping the cornea), and including scanning with a Pentacam and Sirius Corneal Topographers.

The treatment is designed to reduce the strength of glasses or contact lenses, and unlike regular laser vision correction, you may still require glasses or contact lenses to obtain the best vision possible, although the strength of the prescription is reduced in most cases. Read a detailed clinical article on this procedure.

For a diagnosis and to discuss treatment options of any eye condition, please make an appointment.