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Our Keratoconus Research

Clinical research

We focus on better investigating the frequency of keratoconus worldwide. Keratoconus has been referred to as a “rare disease” for more than 30 years because it appears to occur only in a human of 2,000. In a first large-scale pilot study in the Arabic-speaking world, we have now shown that in some areas of the world the disease is up to 100 times more common than previously thought. More information can be found here .

Basic research

As a co-developer of the cross-linking of the cornea, we align our entire basic research to answer open questions from the clinic around the topic of cross-linking. For example, we were the first to cross-link ectasia after LASIK and PRK in 2007 , as well as the first to treat very thin corneas with hypo-osmolar solution in 2009. We are currently focusing on developing treatment techniques that will enable the treatment of extremely thin corneas (down to 220 μm corneal thickness).

All topics are dealt with by our teams in our two research laboratories at the Universities of Zurich and USC Los Angeles.

Our publications on keratoconus and cross-linking

Cross-Linking in the USA – Part 3: Off-Label applications

Cross-Linking: Off-label applications Epi-off CXL Cross-linking the cornea ...

Cross-Linking in the USA – Part 4: The Future

PACK-CXL The process of cross-linking the cornea involves ...

Cross-Linking in the USA – Part 2: Best Practice

Follow best-practice Anaesthesia Topical, usually with tetracaine or ...

Cross-Linking in the USA – Part 1: Patient and Riboflavin Selection

Cross-Linking in the USA Corneal cross-linking (CXL) in ...

ELZA at the CXL Experts Meeting 2018 in Zurich

The Cross-Linking Experts 2018 Meeting 2018 Zurich, organised ...

ELZA at the 2018 ATMO Eye Meeting in Tunisia

ELZA in Tunisia: ELZA founder Farhad Hafezi gives ...

Children: to cross-link or not to cross-link?

Children: to cross-link or not to cross-link? If a ...

Cross-Linking in thin corneas: simple, personal and more precise

Keratoconus is the progressive thinning of the cornea, ...
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