Corneal Cross-Linking (Nonsurgical Cornea Preservation) – Salt Lake City, Lehi, Utah

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About Corneal Cross-Linking

To maintain the shape and strength of the cornea, our Waite Vision founder and board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Aaron Waite, may advise corneal cross-linking to patients who present with moderate to severe corneal thinning and/or keratoconus. Our team is committed to restoring and protecting your vision, and is delighted to offer corneal cross-linking, recently approved by the FDA. Corneal cross-linking, also known as CXL, is implemented to slow the progression of ectasia. CXL will not restore the cornea to its initial shape or correct poor vision. During the  treatment, we use a combination of ultraviolet light and riboflavin to form additional cross-links within the insufficiencies of the cornea. We invite you to schedule a consultation at our Lehi, UT facility to find out more about corneal cross-linking and to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure.

About Ectasia

What is ectasia? Patients who have ectasia experience a bulging and protrusion of their cornea in a cone-like shape. At some point, the cornea will start to lose its strength since it is stretched beyond standard means. Vision in patients with ectasia will weaken as the cornea progressively weakens as well.

Ideal Candidates

An ideal candidate for CXL will have a diagnosis of ectasia, keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, and any other disorder or disease that could lead to the thinning of the cornea. Patients with blurred or distorted vision, chronic eye irritation, or glare/light sensitivities may also be referred to our practice for a consultation as these conditions can be symptomatic of a corneal deficiency.

Procedure Technique

While CXL is not a surgical procedure, it is still referred to as a minimally invasive treatment. During your diagnostic testing, your corneas will be mapped to detect deterioration and the level of severity of your condition. To begin your CXL procedure, you will lie on your back with an eye held open (one at a time) for the treatment. Riboflavin drops will be added to the eye while you are under ultraviolet light.

Advanced cases of ectasia will require the removal of the epithelium layer of the cornea to allow the liquid riboflavin to infiltrate within the corneal tissue. During treatment planning, Dr. Waite will discuss all your options for strengthening your cornea and how to manage your eye condition in the future, as CXL can be combined with other procedures for a more comprehensive treatment.

What to Expect

Your post-procedure aftercare is very important to your treatment. Please schedule and keep all follow-up appointments with your eye care provider. You should watch for excessive swelling, irritation, pain, and/or infection in your eyes. Call our office immediately if you experience these symptoms.

Procedure Cost

Corneal cross-linking could increase your quality of life and decrease your dependency upon glasses and contacts, making it an invaluable procedure. The benefits of corneal cross-linking surgery far exceed the one-time expense. Waite Vision assists you in improving the quality of your life by accepting major credit cards and health savings accounts (HSAs). We also offer easy financing plans starting as low as $99 per month. Ask a team member to learn more about the multiple payment options available. 

Connect and Correct

Having this sight-saving procedure may eliminate your need for a corneal transplant in the future. We invite you to contact Waite Vision to learn more about how CXL can slow your progressive keratoconus or ectasis. Schedule your consultation today. Our Lehi, UT practice is conveniently located to serve the greater northern Utah region, including Salt Lake County, Saratoga Springs, American Fork, Pleasant Grove, Riverton, Draper, Bluffdale, Highland, Alpine, Lindon, Orem, Provo, and Spanish Fork.

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