Accelerated CXL. For many years now, cornea specialists have used the excellent 10 minutes at 9 mW/cm² protocol to cross-link adults with keratoconus. Why? Because it represents an acceptable trade-off between long surgery, and a good strengthening effect on the cornea. However, in children and in patients with aggressive forms of the disease, we still return to the “Dresden protocol”, which involves 30 minutes of irradiation at 3 mW/cm², because it gives the best strengthening effect known. Recently, ELZA’s researchers, performing laboratory research at the Center for Applied Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine (CABMM) at the University of Zurich have identified a new protocol that marries the best of both worlds: acceleration to a little more than 9 minutes, while providing the same excellent strengthening effect as the Dresden protocol. The research work is done: the next step is to validate this work on accelerated CXL clinically.
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