In order for us to take accurate scans of your cornea shape, we request that you leave your contact lenses out for at least a week for soft lenses and 2 weeks for soft toric and rigid gas permeable lenses. The reason for this is that contact lenses alter the curvature of your cornea. Removing your lenses enables your cornea to assume its usual shape and allows us to take accurate measurements of your eye.

If you are contact lens dependent and are unable to remove your contact lenses prior to your appointment, corneal cross-Linking (CXL) may still be offered to you based on your risk of disease progression.

We recommend that you take at least one week off while most of the surface healing occurs, or two weeks if your job involves a lot of computer work and the treatment is being done on your better eye. Day to day activities such as watching TV or using a computer will not do any damage to your eye, but you might find it more comfortable to rest with your eyes closed early on.

Soft contact lens wear can be resumed after four weeks whilst rigid contact lens wearers may resume wear after two weeks.

Corneal Cross-Linking is a very safe but as with all procedures, there are small risks involved. About 2% of patients may lose some vision in the treated eye as a result of haze or scarring. Very rarely, in 1 in 2000 of cases, a complication may arise leading to an eventual corneal transplant.

After Corneal Cross-Linking, you will continue to have regular follow-ups which will include a vision test, spectacle test and corneal shape scan to monitor your condition. Keratoconus stabilization can only be ascertained 1 year after treatment. CXL can be repeated if shape stabilization is not achieved after your first treatment.