Written by Dr. James Lehmann on 08/2/17

What is Corneal Crosslinking?  Who is a good candidate for this treatment?

Crosslinking is a newly approved procedure that we use to stabilize abnormal corneas.  The most common condition we treat with crosslinking is called keratoconus, which is an inherited condition that leads to high astigmatism and blurry vision.  Another condition is called post-LASIK ectasia, which is a condition in which the cornea is weakened by too much surgery.

We have been performing corneal crosslinking at FPV for the last 5 years, first as a site in the FDA studies, and now after approval of the device.  We have treated over 75 patients, and the pace is increasing, as we have been treating over 10 eyes monthly since Fall 2016.  Also, we have held some continuing education programs for other doctors in the community to increase awareness about cross-linking.

It is important to know that cross linking is NOT the same as LASIK or PRK.  It is not refractive surgery, rather a procedure to strengthen a weak cornea.  It is not designed to improve vision so much as stabilize it.

Also, cross linking is performed in the office with mild sedation.  It takes about 1 hour to perform the procedure, and patients generally return to school or work 3 days after the procedure.  Usually there is some discomfort after the procedure, so that is one reason why we treat one eye at a time.  Additionally, the vision can be blurry for up to 3-4 weeks, another reason why we prefer treating the eyes sequentially.

In summary, we are happy to be leaders of corneal crosslinking in South Texas.  We have the most experience with this procedure, and our Lisa Navarro is standing by at 210-614-3600 to answer any questions you may have.  Please visit our page here to learn more about crosslinking and other treatments for keratoconus and corneal ectasia.