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German Corneal Cross Linking Register

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Verified October 2016 by Suphi Taneri, St. Franziskus Hospital
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Suphi Taneri, St. Franziskus Hospital Identifier:
First received: November 19, 2007
Last updated: October 16, 2016
Last verified: October 2016

Corneal Cross Linking is new treatment modality for patients with keratoconus. A keratoconus is characterized by progressive bulging and thinning of the eye's cornea. Keratoconus is a potentially severely sight impairing condition that may necessitate corneal transplantation in the progressive state.

Corneal Cross Linking is designed to

  • increase the cornea's mechanical stability
  • to stop progression of bulging and thinning of the cornea
  • to prevent the need for corneal transplantation

Corneal Cross Linking is performed by

  1. Applying Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) eye drops every 2 minutes for 30 minutes to the cornea
  2. Illuminating the cornea with UV-light

This register of Corneal Cross Linking procedures performed in Germany serves to

  • gather long-term results
  • detect rare complications and side-effects
  • evaluate the efficacy in a large number of patients

Condition Intervention
Keratoconus Procedure: CCL (Corneal Cross Linking)

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: German Corneal Cross Linking Register

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Further study details as provided by Suphi Taneri, St. Franziskus Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Keratometry [ Time Frame: yearly ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Slit-lamp biomicroscopical findings [ Time Frame: yearly ]
  • Best corrected Visual Acuity [ Time Frame: Yearly ]

Estimated Enrollment: 7500
Study Start Date: November 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: November 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Cross linked eyes
Procedure: CCL (Corneal Cross Linking)
Apply Riboflavin 0.1% in Dextran 500 20% in NaCl solution Illuminate with UV-light of 365 nm wave-length and 3.0 mW/cm² intensity at 5 cm distance
Other Names:
  • Collagen cross linking
  • Corneal collagen cross linking
  • CCL
  • 3C-L


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients treated with Corneal Cross Linking in Germany

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients diagnosed with keratokonus and treated with corneal cross Linking in Germany

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Non-ectatic conditions
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00560651

Contact: Suphi Taneri, MD 49-251-987-7890
Contact: Saskia Oehler 49-251-987-7890

University of Saar Recruiting
Homburg, Germany, 66421
Principal Investigator: Berthold Seitz, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Atilla Osvald, MD         
Augenklinik am St. Franziskus Hospital Recruiting
Münster, Germany, 48145
Principal Investigator: Suphi Taneri, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Arnd Heiligenhaus, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Suphi Taneri
Study Chair: Suphi Taneri, MD Augenklinik am St. Franziskus Hospital
Study Director: Berthold Seitz, MD University of Homburg, Saar, Germany
Study Director: Philip Maier, MD Univer. Freiburg, Germany
Study Director: Claus Cursiefen, MD Univer. Erlangen, Germany
Principal Investigator: Thomas Reinhard, MD Univers. Freiburg
Principal Investigator: Arnd Heiligenhaus, MD Augenklinik am St.Franzsikus Hospital, Münster
Principal Investigator: Walter Sekundo, MD Univers. Mainz
Principal Investigator: Theo Seiler, MD IROC, Zürich
Principal Investigator: Atilla Osvald, MD Univers Homurg, Saar
Principal Investigator: Jan M Vetter, MD Univers. Mainz
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Suphi Taneri, Director, St. Franziskus Hospital Identifier: NCT00560651     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CCL
Study First Received: November 19, 2007
Last Updated: October 16, 2016

Keywords provided by Suphi Taneri, St. Franziskus Hospital:
cross linking

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Corneal Diseases
Eye Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017