OSN reports on ELZA latest advancements in epi-on crosslinking

In a recent feature, Ocular Surgery News (OSN) provided an in-depth overview of the latest advancements in epi-on crosslinking, as presented by Prof. Farhad Hafezi of the ELZA Institute at the Winter ESCRS meeting in Frankfurt, Germany. The report emphasizes the significant strides made in the development and refinement of epi-on crosslinking techniques for treating keratoconus and corneal ectasia.

Introduced in 2009, epi-on CXL has offered the potential for less invasive treatment of corneal diseases with benefits such as reduced patient discomfort and quicker recovery times compared to the traditional epi-off method. However, initial iterations of the procedure encountered obstacles in efficiently delivering oxygen and riboflavin, essential for the success of the treatment.

By 2019, significant improvements were realized as Prof. Hafezi, alongside other researchers, worked on streamlining the process. The new approach to epi-on CXL simplifies the procedure to require just the patient, a slit lamp, and eyedrops, moving away from the reliance on oxygen tanks, goggles, and iontophoresis devices previously associated with epi-on treatments.

In the OSN coverage, Prof. Hafezi discusses the comprehensive testing of the biomechanical effectiveness of this evolved epi-on technique, indicating results comparable to the conventional epi-off approach. The ELZA Institute is set to publish detailed clinical data later in the year, shedding light on the procedure’s efficacy and safety.

This evolution of epi-on crosslinking signifies a shift towards more patient-centric corneal treatment modalities. By reducing the complexity and equipment needed for the procedure, it aims to make the treatment more accessible to a broader patient population.

The ELZA Institute’s continuous effort to innovate in the field of ophthalmology is highlighted through these advancements. With the ophthalmic community keenly awaiting the publication of the Institute’s clinical findings, the developments in epi-on crosslinking represent a pivotal moment in the ongoing enhancement of corneal disease treatment protocols.

Transcript:
This is Farhad Hafezi from Switzerland, and we are currently at the Winter ESCRS meeting in Frankfurt, Germany. This morning, I gave a presentation on ELZA’s epi-on cross-linking. We all know that epi-On has been around since 2009, and the start was a little bumpy because the technology was not where it should be. The promises could not be kept in the beginning. We have functioning epi-on beyond since 2019, but the technique became quite bulky with oxygen tanks, oxygen goggles, iontophoresis devices. Since 2019, my group and others tried to remove the need for oxygen and riboflavin delivery via iontophoresis. And finally, we managed to now have an Epi-on that simply needs the patient, a slit lamp, and eyedrops. No more oxygen tank, no iontophoresis. We tested biomechanics. It’s as good as the 10 minutes epi-off. And we will publish our clinical data this year. So very exciting news: office-based Epi-on can move it out of the operating room.

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mike
09:02 04 Jan 23
Overall as a 50 year old, who wanted to continue to avoid wearing glasses and/or contact lenses, my goal was 100%... achieved with ELZA and Dr. Hafezi. I greatly appreciated the overall approach by Dr. Hafezi and his friendly and competent team in reviewing my vision at the start and following a comprehensive eye exam- the explanations of my options. For me I chose PRK in one eye for a monovision solution to correct short sightedness which was becoming more prevalent in night driving and sports such as skiing and cycling. PRK heals slowly but the outcome is worth the wait- and the cost- you use your eyes every waking moment- and for me I cannot see any reason not to pursue better vision with the ELZA team! A great quality of life enhancement!ler mais
Zuzana Fecko
Zuzana Fecko
21:48 31 Oct 22
Thank you so much, Dr. Torres and prof. Hafezi. 26 years I was only “dreaming” about the eye surgery due to possible... complications. I was worried ..Thank you for encouraging me to make a decision and thank you for your professionalism, explanations and great work!I wish you all the best, lots of success and only happy patients!ler mais
Serena Fazio
Serena Fazio
11:15 06 Mar 22
I have been to the ELZA clinic to have surgery for my miopy, as my eyes were rejecting the contacts and I was tired of... wearing glasses. From the first preliminary visit, to the actual surgery and post-surgery care Dr. Hafezi and all his collaborators have been extremely professional, considerate and helpful. All the steps of the (very short!) surgery were thoroughly explained to me in order to be as calm as possible, together with the medication plan and precautions to be aware of so that my eyes could heal in the best way possible. By following their exact instructions, the healing process has been very successful and smooth, and after about one week I was able to see perfectly. I absolutely recommend this team and their expertise!ler mais
Robin A
Robin A
11:43 16 Feb 22
Top experts and professional team. Highly recommended
Thunder Shiviah
Thunder Shiviah
14:05 23 Nov 21
After some research on local options I decided to go with ELZA since it stood out as the best. The operation and the... post-operation recovery went extremely smooth (something I was worried about with PRK). Now my vision is much better than I had hoped and I have no side effects such as dry eye or night vision problems. Thank you!ler mais
Thomas S.
Thomas S.
09:37 07 Jul 21
My left eye had to be operated on because of a cataract. As I had an Artiflex lens implanted a few years ago, it had to... be removed first before a modern lens could be implanted to correct the cataract. Prof. Hafezi treated me in an very competent and friendly manner. I am very happy with the result.ler mais
Selma A. Rahim
Selma A. Rahim
19:45 02 Jul 21
Dr. Hafezi.. the KING OF CXL🤴
Gianluca Ricci
Gianluca Ricci
12:46 10 Apr 21
Great team and service!
rehaneyecare
rehaneyecare
05:36 08 Apr 21
Excellent surgeon
Steven H.A
Steven H.A
16:13 11 Jan 21
Prof. F. Hafezi s expertise is enormous and he has a very pleasant and calm nature which gives the patient... security.Thank youler mais
Online Commande
Online Commande
09:19 05 Dec 20
Totally creepy, very arrogant Prof.He just want your money.It may explain, why this Prof. is not in the center of the... city of Zürich and why he has been thrown away from University of Geneva.ler mais
Elena Churilova
Elena Churilova
10:06 17 Nov 20
At the moment, 3 months have passed since the moment I made laser vision correction in this clinic. and I can say that... I am happy that I chose this particular clinic and Prof. F. Hafezi. The entire staff of the clinic is very friendly, treats patients with sympathy and patience if they are nervous before surgery (my big gratitude to Aida Alili for all support and patience). The doctor Hafezi and other doctors of the clinic are very professional and ready to explain to you as many times as you need. I can only recommend!ler mais
Michele Aggiato
Michele Aggiato
18:17 10 Jan 20
The day I had Prof Hafezi checking my keratoconus I knew I was finally in the right place after years of searching for... a good ophthalmologist. Prof Hafezi recommended a surgery due to a drastic degeneration of my cornea. The surgery was performed by himself with the assistance of Dr Rodriguez, one more collaborator of Prof Hafezi’s team who got my full trust.ler mais
Ashley Faulkes
Ashley Faulkes
15:30 21 Mar 16
Professor Hafezi and the team at the ELZA Institute have done an amazing job of creating a first class eye clinic, with... cutting edge technology and support. I went there for a dry eye issue and other issues with my prescription, and they were easily able to help me and put me on the road to better vision! High recommend them to anyone in the Zurich/Aargau area.ler mais
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