Is Corneal Crosslinking for You?

Is Corneal Crosslinking for You?

This diagram gives you an idea of how I experience light sources with and without my contact lenses.

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This article on the Discovery Eye Foundation gives some of the details about the medical procedure I’ll be undergoing tomorrow on my left eye.  It’s been almost exactly a month since I underwent the same Crosslinking (CXL) procedure on my right eye.  My experience so far has been great.  I’m really lucky to have ended up in Canada where CXL has been routine for thirty years.  According to my doctor, the technology has been available since the ’80s but since the laser technology used for CXL doesn’t differ significantly from that of other similar procedures like LASIK, no new patents have been issued in the U.S. and thus the necessary FDA clinical trials were never funded.  So, with my diagnosis in 2008, just before I moved to Japan, I escaped the United States’ crappy medical system just in time.  Another reason I’m lucky to have landed in Canada is that this surgery is FULLY covered as a preventative care measure under my BC Medical Services Plan insurance policy.  I’ll have to continue to do some follow-up visits even after I move back to Japan at some Japanese ophthalmologist.  But I have been super-lucky with the timing of my diagnosis and various moves around the world.

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