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Keratoconus: Corneal Cross-Linking Summary

Keratoconus is a warping of the cornea that progressively distorts vision. It is strongly associated with eye-rubbing.

Keratoconus: Corneal Cross-Linking
If the keratoconus is progressing, surgical intervention is advised.
Keratoconus: Corneal Cross-Linking (CXL)


Keratoconus is a condition affecting about 1 in 2000 people where the collagen fibres in the cornea are relatively loosely arranged and not tightly bound to one another as it would be in a healthy cornea. The result is that the fibres can slip over one another and cause a steepening (cone) of the lower half of the cornea. This leads to a reduction in vision, an increase in astigmatism and the introduction of aberrations that reduce the quality of vision. It typically starts in the late teens and early 20’s


  • Stabilise the cornea
  • Stop the progression of the keratoconus
  • Can be combined with procedures to improve the vision


  • Irregular Astigmatism
  • Blurry vision that glasses don't correct adequately
  • Glare / haloes / starburst

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Keratoconus: Corneal Cross-Linking

If the keratoconus is progressing, surgical intervention is advised.


Keratoconus and Corneal Cross Linking Options

Two basic decisions need to be made:

1) Is our aim only to stabilise the current corneal shape and vision?

2) Do we want to try and improve the vision and then stabilise it with CXL?

The cornea and vision is stabilised with CXL (Corneal Cross-Linking) or AXL (Accelerated Cross-Linking).

The vision can be improved with the following procedures combined with CXL or AXL:

1. Topography-guided PRK (SimLC = Simultaneous Laser CXL)

2. CK (Conductive Keratoplasty)

3. Intacs (Intra-corneal ring segments)

4. MyoRing (Intra-corneal ring)

Keratoconus Treatments

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Overview of Keratoconus

Keratoconus Management


How Intacs can improve vision and corneal stability


Stabilising vision and corneal shape with CXL or AXL

SimLC Testimonial

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Corneal ring implant to improve vision in keratoconus and help stop progression


Initial Consultation

€300 Total (€200 Consultation + €100 for necessary scans)

Procedure Costs


Price *After Med-1 Tax Rebate of 20%
Cross Linking (per eye)
€1,700 per Eye
€POA per Eye
SimLC or SimCK (per eye)
€2,650 per Eye
€POA per Eye
€POA per Eye

Some Keratoconus procedures are subsidised by Health Funds. For more details please contact the clinic. Please note that prices include 12 months follow-up visits.

Price *After Med-1 Tax Rebate of 20%

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If you suffer from any vision disorder please feel free to book a consultation with one of our ophthalmologists or surgeons who will advise what is best for you.