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Corneal Cross-Linking: A New Standard of Care for Progressive Keratoconus

Is Corneal Cross-Linking Covered by Insurance?

Insurance coverage for FDA approved cross-linking with Photrexa® Viscous, Photrexa® and the KXL® System is now widely available. Greater than 95% of the commercially insured population has access to this potentially sight-protecting treatment. For additional information on insurance coverage and to view the latest list of insurers that are known to have policies that cover cross-linking, visit the Insurance Information page.

What Can I Expect During the Corneal
Cross-Linking Procedure?

  • After numbing drops are applied, the epithelium (the thin layer on the surface of the cornea) is gently removed.
  • Photrexa® Viscous (riboflavin 5’-phosphate in 20% dextran ophthalmic solution) eye drops will be applied to the cornea for at least 30 min;
  • Depending on the thickness of your cornea, Photrexa® (riboflavin 5’-phosphate ophthalmic solution) drops may also be required.
  • The cornea is then exposed to UV light for 30 minutes while additional Photrexa Viscous drops are applied.