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Questions About Corneal Cross-Linking?
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You can also check out our frequently asked questions below to understand more about corneal cross-linking and how the eye doctors at Visionary Eye Doctors can help.
Corneal Cross-Linking FAQs
How long does corneal cross-linking take?
Corneal cross-linking takes 60 to 90 minutes. First, your doctor will numb your eyes with drops. Then, you’ll receive eyedrops formulated with riboflavin (vitamin B2) to let your cornea absorb light. The drops will soak into your cornea in about 30 minutes. The procedure itself takes 30 to 60 minutes.
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How long after cross-linking will vision improve?
With the traditional CXL procedure, most patients find their vision worse immediately after the procedure. This is normal, and usually lasts for three to six weeks.
While the primary benefit of corneal cross-linking is to stop progression of keratoconus, older patients with keratoconus may also experience improved vision and corneal shape. Some patients experience improvement in vision six months after the CXL procedure and may see further improvement within one to three years.
How soon can I watch TV or drive after corneal cross-linking?
After corneal cross-linking treatment, you’ll need someone to drive you home because the vision in your treated eye will be blurry. You may resume driving after vision meets the driving standard (individual advice).
You should avoid watching TV after corneal cross-linking for at least a few days. Activities that strain the eyes, such as TV, computer work, or reading, can cause pain or discomfort. The pain typically subsides after three to five days. Learn more about post-operative care for corneal cross-linking here.
What are the side effects of collagen cross-linking?
Cross-linking of corneal collagen, or CXL, is a promising approach to treating keratoconus and secondary ectasia. But like any medical procedure, it is important to consider the risks of corneal cross-linking.
Side effects of CXL treatment can include a temporary corneal haze, permanent scars, corneal epithelium defect (disruption of surface cells), and delayed epithelial healing. Our doctors will speak with you about the risks associated with CXL.
Is corneal cross-linking FDA-approved?
Yes. In April 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave approval to Avedro Inc.’s corneal cross-linking system to treat patients with progressive keratoconus and post-LASIK ectasia. The FDA approved a specific piece of equipment (the KXL System: a UV light source) and two riboflavin solutions (Photrexa and Photrexa Viscous). The Avedro system was the first corneal cross-linking treatment ever approved in the country.
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