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My Experience With Corneal Cross-Linking (CXL)

Ketoconus is a non-inflammatory eye condition in which the normally round dome-shaped clear window of the eye (cornea) progressively thins causing a cone-like bulge to develop. This eventually impairs the ability of the eye to focus properly, potentially causing poor vision.

— Definition from Moorfields Eye Hospital

For more information on the procedure itself, here is a link to a wonderful PDF written by Moorfields Eye Hospital.

I was diagnosed with Keratoconus in October of 2018 and I was referred to the ophthalmology department in Singleton hospital in June of 2019. I received my procedure on June 11th of this year, 2020.

I cannot fault anyone who was involved with the procedure at all. The current worldwide pandemic has affected us all, I’m grateful I was able to get it over and done with. The staff did their best to make me feel comfortable and safe. Of course, I was incredibly anxious, so I hope they didn’t misinterpret that as ignorance, or me not caring for what they were saying to me.

Post procedure treatment!

Once the procedure was over, I was given eye drops to help aid the recovery process. Those are pictured above.
The pain after the procedure wasn’t fun to endure, at all.
I spent the rest of that day asleep, after I’d taken painkillers.

Overall, the procedure was straight forward and the recovery has been smooth sailing. I was terrified, initanally, but I am so glad to have it over and done with. It honestly isn’t as bad as you’d think!

When this post goes live, I’ll be at the hospital for my follow up appointment, I’ll be sure to update my progress with recovery down the line!

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Stay safe and stay hydrated!

– Stacey xo

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