How to get started with corneal-crosslinking

Dec 01, 2013

Corneal crosslinking is a hot topic at the moment, but according to Dr Cummings, it is important to do some due diligence about the available technology.

Corneal crosslinking for the treatment of progressive keratoconus is definitely a hot topic at the moment with numerous presentations touting the benefits of different approaches. Based on this, you may be thinking about adding this procedure to the services offered by your practice. But, before jumping in with both feet, it's important to do some due diligence about the available technology and to remember that corneal crosslinking is a therapeutic procedure designed to preserve the cornea in eyes with progressive keratoconus.

Where to start

Step 2: Get trained - even before going out and purchasing one of the commercially available crosslinking systems. It's important to understand the technique, its benefits, as well as its drawbacks. It's also important to research the various approaches (i.e., epithelium-on, epithelium-off, shorter soaking times, higher intensity illumination etc.).

Sign up for a training course offered with an experienced crosslinking surgeon as the instructor. Make certain that the course offers both didactic and skills transfer sessions so that you can practice the technique.

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