The treated eye is usually painful for 3 to 5 days, however levels of discomfort vary from patient to patient. Recovery time is about one week although most patients may find that it may be slightly longer.
Conclusions: CXL postoperative pain can be intense, especially in the first 3 days, even with an aggressive pain control regimen; however, pain and the need for analgesia decreased significantly on each consecutive day. Pain was significantly correlated with the patient’s age.
After a cross-linking procedure, your eyesight will be blurry at first. You may notice changes in your vision from time to time to time during the healing process. You may be more sensitive to light and have poorer vision for about 1-3 months after the surgery.
No. The cross-linking procedure is painless. Anesthetic eye drops are used to avoid any discomfort during the procedure. Some patients have some discomfort after the procedure and your surgeon can tell you whether you are or are not likely to do so.
In treating crosslinking patients it is important to use preservative-free eye drops as preservatives can interfere with re-epithelialization. If a patient complains of mild pain, I recommend using a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen.
You should avoid watching TV after corneal cross-linking for at least a few days. Activities that strain the eyes, such as TV, computer work, or reading, can cause pain or discomfort. The pain typically subsides after three to five days.
You’ll be awake during the procedure, which will take about an hour. You’ll be given a mild sedation and numbing anesthetic drops will be applied to your eyes. Patients typically do not experience any discomfort during the procedure.
How to prepare for corneal cross-linking
- Don’t wear any eye makeup, perfume or after-shave on the day of your procedure.
- Eat only a light meal and fluids the day of your procedure.
- Arrange to have someone take you home on the day of your procedure, and also to the post-treatment appointment the following day.
Dr. Rubinfeld notes that cross-linking does improve vision in a number of patients. “We’ve found that about 50 percent of the time patients achieve a significant improvement in vision,” he says. “Nearly all studies have found some improvement in corneal curvature and some flattening after cross-linking.
Here are some common side effects of cross-linking surgery:
- Feeling like something is in your eye (called “foreign body sensation”)
- Being sensitive to light.
- Having dry eye.
- Having hazy or blurry vision.
- Feeling eye discomfort or mild eye pain.
Can you go blind from keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a condition where the cornea becomes thin and stretched near its center, causing it to bulge forward into a conical shape. As a result vision becomes distorted. Keratoconus does not cause total blindness, however, without treatment it can lead to significant vision impairment.
Is Keratoconus a disability?
Is Keratoconus a Disability? Keratoconus eye disease could cause loss of visual acuity that is severe enough to be considered a disability. Keratoconus is not a disability, but vision loss caused by keratoconus may be severe enough to qualify as a disability.