Corneal cross-linking at the Bay Area Eye Institute
Avedro, Inc., an ophthalmic pharmaceutical and medical device company, received FDA approval in 2016 for corneal cross-linking, a medical procedure that combines the use of ultra-violet (UV) light and riboflavin (vitamin B2) eye drops.
Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking:
- Creates new corneal collagen cross-links
- Results in a shortening and thickening of the collagen fibrils
- Leads to the stiffening of the cornea and stabilization of the disease
Corneal cross-linking provides patients a much-needed option to treat this debilitating disease. Patients suffering from progressive keratoconus can now receive a therapeutic treatment that has been rigorously tested and approved.
Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking Results:
- Stops progression in 88% of cases.
- Shown to be stable after 10 years in 95% of patients.
- Demonstrated an average improvement of 1.6 Diopters of cornea flattening.
- Decreased cornea astigmatism 2.0 Diopters or more in 32% of patients.
- Improvement of 2 lines or more of corrected distance visual acuity in 24% of patients.
From one of our happy patients…
My boyfriend who has Keratoconus for years. Just recently become a patient of Dr Berger. I must say that Dr Berger who is also a medical doctor, is excellent and kind. Even though it seems that he is a man with a few words, he is clear and precise with his care. Vision is very important. Yet, there are very few eye doctors there who actually care because eyes are not theirs that they have to care for.
My boyfriend becomes his patient because of the progress of his condition (Keratoconus). Unlike the others, most eye doctors and staff who will normally say “just avoid sunlight” or “put more eye drops in” , Dr Berger looks into his “eyes” carefully and treat them with caution. We did make the choice to have the first cross linking surgery. He is healing so far. I am confident that the outcome will be great and he will be ready for the next one (for the other eye).
I believe that Dr Berger has very keen medical judgement and genuine concerns for patients. I would highly recommend him to any of my loved ones. On top of that, his staff is the A-team. I can’t name all the staff at his office. Yet, they are all beyond exceptional. After all, I am writing to say thank you because with the stress that I was going through with my loved one who could potentially lose sight/vision, I am grateful that having this whole team by our sides. (As I am also in the healthcare field for over ten years as a registered nurse, I sincerely would like giving credit to Dr Berger and his group of staff on this platform.)
Thank you! ~W.S.