Progressive Keratoconus or Ectasia Treatment Plan


Keratoconus and pellucid marginal degenerations are genetically based ocular conditions and post surgical ectasia is an iatrogenic condition. These diseases are characterized by weakening of the front part of the eye that causes thinning and distortion. This distortion results in unevenness of the cornea and produces progressive near-sightedness and irregularity, which causes loss of vision when using eyeglasses. When eyeglasses fail to give enough vision, the the investigators use rigid contact lenses to create an artificial front eye surface. This improves visual acuity in many patients although they eventually fail either because they cannot be tolerated or the surface irregularity has become so severe that they are rejected. At this stage there is usually thinning and loss of clarity of the eye. There has been no treatment for this other than corneal transplantation, a complex surgical procedure with a significant complication rate and a delay in visual recovery. The treatment the investigators wish to perform strengthens the front of the eye by a chemical reaction using light and riboflavin. This technique has been studied over a decade and is widely used throughout the world. The FDA approved multicenter American clinical study is being analyzed in anticipation of its submission to the FDA for PreMarket approval. Because this is a progressive condition, the investigators wish to be able to offer this on a limited basis to patients in need with vision loss. Any treatment that can delay or prevent corneal transplantation is of great benefit. The investigators believe the evidence is compelling that this treatment is the sole alternative to surgical transplantation.

Study Start Date

September 2010

Estimated Completion Date

April 2012


  • Other: Riboflavin Solution
  • Device: UV-X Illumination System

Study ID

Columbia University -- AAAF0594



Trial ID


Study Type

Expanded Access

Trial Phase


Enrollment Quota

Not Listed


Columbia University

Inclusion Criteria

    Subjects who have one or both eyes that meet all of the following criteria will be considered candidates for this treatment: For Keratoconus and Ectasia: 1. 18 years of age or older 2. Having a diagnosis of progressive keratoconus defined as one or more of the following changes over a period of 24 months or less before randomization: 1. An increase of >ÍŸ 1.00 D in the steepest keratometry value (or sim K) 2. An increase of >ÍŸ 1.00 D in regular astigmatism evaluated by subjective manifest refraction 3. A myopic shift (decrease in the spherical equivalent) of > 0.50 D on subjective manifest refraction 4. Documented decrease in visual acuity associated with irregular astigmatism and topographic features of ectasia. 3. Presence of central or inferior steepening on the Pentacam map. 4. Axial topography consistent with keratoconus 5. Presence of one or more slit lamp findings associated with keratoconus, such as:
  • Fleischer ring
  • Vogt striae
  • Corneal thinning
  • Corneal scarring 6. Contact Lens Wearers Only: 1. Removal of contact lenses are required prior to the screening-Contact Lens 7. Signed written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria

    All subjects meeting any of the following criteria will be excluded from this treatment: 1. No evidence of progression. 2. Excessively thin corneas. 3. Previous ocular condition in the eyes to be treated that may predispose the eye for future complications, for example: 1. History of corneal disease (e.g., herpes simplex, herpes zoster keratitis, recurrent erosion syndrome, corneal melt, corneal dystrophy, etc.) 2. Clinically significant corneal scarring in the proposed treatment zone 4. A history of chemical injury or delayed epithelial healing in the eye(s) to be treated. 5. A known sensitivity to treatment medications 6. Patients with a current condition that, in the treating physician's opinion, would interfere with or prolong epithelial healing.




18 Years and older

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Study Locations and Contact Information (1)

Study Location Distance Name Phone Email
Edward Harkness Eye InstituteColumbia University Medical Center - New York, New York 44.8 miles MaEdylin Bautista MD 212-305-5922 provides clinical trial listings in an easy to view format. All clinical trial information is pulled directly from This website does not guarantee acceptance into any clinical trial, and is not responsible for adverse events that may be incurred from a clinical trial.