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.
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.
"In January I found out i had cataracts, & they made my vision pretty bad. Everything was blurry, even wearing my glasses didn’t help. In February I went into Waite vision for a consultation & had both my eyes checked. I was able to have cataract surgery on both my eyes. It has made a tremendous difference in how I can see. My vision is better now, than it ever has been. The staff & Dr Waite are so personable, & treat you like family. Dr Waite explained the whole process of my cataract surgery, while he was doing it. He made me feel comfortable during the whole procedure. I would highly recommend going to Waite vision."- I.S. / Google / Apr 20, 2019
"Went to Dr. Waite for kerataconus, his staff is extremely friendly and its not the typical dull office feeling you get when visiting a doctor. I had epi-off cross linking done on both eyes, the procedure itself is completely painless and recovery although painful is manageable. My vision was back to usable within a week and back to how it was prior to the procedure within a month. If you are considering getting cross linking done or have been recently diagnosed with kerataconus I would highly recommend Waite Vision."- K.W. / Google / Apr 18, 2019
"My vision was not well enough to read without wearing a pair of reading glasses. I had my vision screened for lasik correction and was not a candidate. Two years later, I had a vision screening at Waite Vision and learned that my vision could be improved with a refractive lens exchange (RLE) surgery. I had my vision corrected and now I am able to see without ever putting on a pair of reading glasses! I received incredible care by Dr. Waite and his staff. I am so grateful to Dr. Waite to be able to see clearly. My results are better than I expected. I rate Dr. Waite five star for his skill, knowledge, and great professionalism."- K.M. / Google / Apr 15, 2019
"I absolutely love love love! Waite Vision and I am so happy I decided to go see Dr. Waite. When I decided to go get laser correction they had told me I was not a candidate where I had previously gone, but then I heard of Waite vision and decided to go give it a try and I do not regret it one bit! Dr. Waite took care of me vision and now I am seeing better than I hoped, I highly recommend Waite vision to anyone!"- A.A. / Google / Apr 12, 2019
"Spectacular!I am so pleased with the results of my recent surgery. No more multiple back-up readers, wondering where I set them down, etc. etc.My biggest problem was remembering I didn't need to put my readers on (or find them) when I sat down at a computer or picked up my phone or q book! I can order dinner at a restaurant once again, without dredging the readers out, which I could not do at most places before.Dr. Waite and his staff are professional and courteous but beyond that knowledgeable and highly skilled. This is an amazing procedure I would highly recommend through Waite Vision."- C.S. / Google / Apr 11, 2019
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.
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.
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.