About Corneal Cross Linking

Corneal collagen cross linking is a technique which is used first in 1998 to treat patients with Keratoconus. Corneal collagen cross linking uses a UV light and a photosensitizer to strengthen chemical bonds in the cornea. Corneal cross linking is used to treat the following corneal diseases,

Keratoconus

Keratoconus is when the cornea becomes weak, progressively thinner and irregular in shape that can cause high levels of astigmatism. Instead of a normal round shape resulting in a clear vision, the cornea in Keratoconus can become cone shaped. This can interfere with seeing a clear vision.

Astigmatism

Astigmatism is when the front surface of the eye is less round and more irregular in shape so the image does not focus clearly on the retina in the back of the eye, which can result in poor vision and glare.

Suitable Patients for Corneal Cross Linking Surgery

• Male and females who are over the age of 12 and whose corneas cannot be too thinned or too scarred for the procedure

• Patients must be at a good health condition and be healthy mentally and physically

Corneal Cross Linking Procedure

The surgery starts with the patient having anesthetic drops in the eye to numb the eye. A lid speculum will be placed to keep the eyelid open. After disrupting the epithelium of the eye drops of riboflavin 0.1% (vitamin B2) are given for 15 – 30 minutes. After adequate riboflavin absorption the patient will be positioned with UV light at a small distance from the corneal apex for at least 30 minutes per each eye. Following irradiation antibiotic drops will be given and a bandage contact lens may be placed.

Before Corneal Cross Linking

  • Patients must not wear contact lenses at least 3 days before the surgery
  • Patients must arrange for someone to come with them to the surgery and help them after the surgery

After Corneal Cross Linking

  • Patients can start wearing contact lenses after 3 weeks from the surgery
  • Bandage contact lenses will be worn until 5 days after the surgery
  • Patients must take eye drops and other medication prescribed as told
  • Patients can return to their normal activities the next day after the surgery

Risks of Corneal Cross Linking

Just like every surgery there are some risks with a corneal cross linking

  • Infection
  • Allergy to anesthesia
  • Temporary corneal haze
  • Dry eye

Definition

Keratoconus – the cornea becomes weak, progressively thinner and irregular in shape that can cause high levels of astigmatism. Instead of a normal round shape resulting in a clear vision, the cornea in Keratoconus can become cone shaped. This can interfere with seeing a clear vision.

Lid speculum – an instrument used to keep the eyes wide open and free from blinking.

Epithelium – cells that help protect or enclose organs.

Anesthetic drops – drops given to numb to eye so the patient does not feel any discomfort during the surgery and being awake.

First day of Corneal Cross Linking Surgery

The patient will attend a consultation with the ophthalmologist and will be advised about the procedure and their condition. The patient will then be taken through a couple of tests that are required before the treatment. If desired, patients can spend the day to rest and attend the clinic the next day.

Second day of Corneal Cross Linking Surgery

Corneal Cross Linking Surgery will be performed. Corneal cross linking surgery takes at least 30 minutes to per eye to be performed if both eyes are being treated then the surgery will take approximately an hour and half. The surgery is done under local anesthesia and once the surgery ends and the patients are feeling themselves better, then they can return to their settlement to rest with someone accompanying.

Third day of Corneal Cross Linking Surgery

Patients will attend a post surgery check up and consultation. If they are approved to be in a good, healthy condition and the surgery results were all successful; the patients are advised with post treatment care requirements and are ready to go back to their normal routine.

Notes

• Trip schedule may vary. medicTurkey patient relations will provide you a detailed trip schedule before the travel.

• For details on accommodation, transportation and other services, please check the SERVICES page.

What is Corneal Cross Linking?

Corneal collagen cross linking is a technique which is used first in 1998 to treat patients with Keratoconus. Corneal collagen cross linking uses a UV light and a photosensitizer to strengthen the chemical bonds in the cornea.

How is Corneal Cross Linking done?

The surgery starts with the patient having anesthetic drops in the eye to numb the eye. A lid speculum will be placed to keep the eyelid open. After disrupting the epithelium of the eye drops of riboflavin 0.1% (vitamin B2) are given for 15 – 30 minutes. After adequate riboflavin absorption the patient will be positioned with UV light at a small distance from the corneal apex for at least 30 minutes per each eye. Following irradiation antibiotic drops will be given and a bandage contact lens may be placed.

How long does the Corneal Cross Linking surgery take?

Corneal cross linking surgery takes at least 30 minutes to per eye to be performed if both eyes are being treated then the surgery will take approximately an hour and half.

How long do I need to stay at hospital?

Corneal cross linking surgery is done on an outpatient basis so the patient is sent home a few hours after the surgery.

How long do I need to stay in Turkey?

The recommended stay in Turkey for Corneal Cross Linking is 2-3 days including consultation before the surgery and after the surgery.

Are there any risks of Corneal Cross Linking surgery?

Like every surgery there is a possibility of risks to occur such as

  • Infection
  • Allergy to anesthesia
  • Temporary corneal haze
  • Dry eye

Devices used in a Corneal Cross Linking Surgery

In a corneal cross linking surgery, we use the latest corneal cross linking system available.

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Dear,
what is the price of cross linking for two eyes?
thank you

Dear Khalid,
We will send you an e-mail about the detailed travel plan and prices of cross-linking surgery.
Kind regards,

I have kerataconus. Please contact me.

medicTurkey

Dear Svatman,
We will be contacting you via E-mail.
Please send your medical data so we can get doctor advise.
We will arrange your travel accordingly.
Kind regards,

I have Keratoconus, what is price of cross linking?

Dear Saleh,
We send you an e-mail about the detailed travel plan and prices.
Kind regards,

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