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About Corneal Cross-Linking

Corneal cross-linking is a minimally invasive procedure that uses ultraviolet light and eyedrops to strengthen the collagen fibers in the cornea. While corneal cross-linking has been practiced outside the United States for more than a decade, the procedure was only recently approved for use within the U.S. At Kelly Vision, we are proud to be one of the few eye centers in the country to offer this innovative new treatment.

What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a common disease that occurs in approximately 1 in 400 Americans. With this condition, the cornea becomes weak, progressively thinner, and irregular in shape which can cause high levels of astigmatism. Keratoconus patients often require glasses first, then contact lenses. If the condition progresses to a severe level, a corneal transplant may be required.

How Effective is CXL?

Research studies have shown that CXL may prevent further vision loss in over 99% of patients, and it often improves vision in 60%-81% of patients treated.

What is iLink Corneal Cross-Linking?

iLink™ corneal cross-linking is a minimally invasive treatment proven to be safe and effective in slowing or halting the progression of keratoconus to preserve vision. iLink is the only FDA-approved corneal cross-linking procedure (approved in the U.S. since April 2016), is the only cross-linking procedure eligible for reimbursement in the U.S., and is widely covered by insurance. 

Insurance Options

Many patients want to know if their procedure is covered by health insurance. This isn’t always clear until we have spoken with you, but many services that we offer are fully or partially covered. If there’s a procedure that you’re interested in and you’d like to know whether or not it’s covered, we encourage you to inquire about specifics when you’re in the office with us. We can determine if your procedure will be assisted by the financial help of health coverage.

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Can I Have Laser Vision Surgery or Intacs After Getting CXL?

Some patients may be able to have PRK (excimer laser treatment) or Intacs® to improve their vision without glasses once they have healed from their CXL procedure.

Your Free Consultation at Kelly Vision Center

Dr. James Kelly is a board-certified ophthalmologist, with refractive surgery as his subspecialty. As a comprehensive refractive surgeon, Dr. Kelly is certified in all aspects of refractive surgery, which allows him to offer patients a full range of surgical and non-surgical options to get the best solution possible for their visual needs. There are very few doctors in the country that are able to offer this. Since founding Kelly Vision Center in 1998, providing excellence in clinical and surgical care for patients is Dr. Kelly’s top priority. He and his team offer a highly professional, personalized, patient-centric experience. For more information about corneal cross-linking or keratoconus, or to learn if you’re a candidate for this treatment, please contact us to set up your free consultation at Kelly Vision Center.

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