FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is cross-linking right for me?

    Patients over the age of 14 who have been diagnosed with progressive keratoconus should ask their doctor whether they may be an appropriate candidate for corneal cross-linking.

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  • Why doesn't Eye Surgeons of Indiana dispense glasses or fit contact lenses?

    Eye Surgeons of Indiana specializes in medical and surgical treatment of the eye. We work with hundreds of local primary care optometrists that can assist you with these services.

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  • Does Eye Surgeons of Indiana offer affordable cataract surgery for patients without insurance?

    Yes. In fact, we offer the lowest price in Indiana for self-pay cataract surgery. This all-inclusive price includes all surgeon, facility and anesthesia fees. Contact us to schedule your consultation now.

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  • What types of surgery are performed at Eye Surgeons of Indiana?

    Eye Surgeons of Indiana is central Indiana’s leader in advanced cataract surgery. Our surgeons offer laser technology utilizing the LENSAR system, which provides an unparalleled level of safety and precision to cataract surgery. Specialty intraocular lens implants (IOLs) help many cataract patients reduce or even eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery. We are the most experienced surgeons in the state in providing glaucoma treatment at the time of cataract surgery.

    We proudly offer a number of other specialty services:

    • Refractive surgery including Visian ICL and Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)
    • Comprehensive corneal surgical services, including corneal transplants and cross-linking
    • Specialty ocular surface disease/dry eye clinic, offering IPL and multiple options for blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD)
    • Medical retina treatment for patients with age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusions
    • Eyelid lesion removal and BOTOX therapy for blepharospasm
    • Emergency and consultative care

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  • What results can I expect from the procedure?

    In two clinical trials, progressive keratoconus patients treated with corneal cross-linking had an average Kmax reduction (which is flattening) of 1.4 diopters in Study 1 and 1.7 diopters in Study 2 at 12-months post-procedure, while untreated patients had an average increase (which is steepening) of 0.5 diopters in Study 1 and 0.6 diopters in Study 2 at 12-months post-procedure. Individual results may vary.

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  • What is ultra-violet A (UVA) light?

    UVA is one of the three types of invisible light rays given off by the sun (together with ultra- violet B and ultra-violet C) and is the weakest of the three.

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  • How long does the treatment take?

    The actual procedure takes about an hour, but you will be at the offfice for approximately two hours to allow sufficient time for preparation and recovery before you return to the comfort of your own home.

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  • What is cross-linking?

    Cross-linking is a minimally invasive, FDA approved, outpatient procedure that combines the use of riboflavin eye drops, Photrexa® Viscous, (riboflavin 5’-phosphate in 20% dextran ophthalmic solution), Photrexa® (riboflavin 5’-phosphate ophthalmic solution), and ultra-violet A (UVA) light from the KXL® system for the treatment of progressive keratoconus.

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  • What type of insurance does Eye Surgeons of Indiana accept?

    Eye Surgeons of Indiana accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and most major medical insurance plans including Anthem, Sagamore, and United. We do not accept vision insurance (VSP, Eyemed, etc.) Please contact us if you have any questions.

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  • How can I find out more about Eye Surgeons of Indiana?

    Please contact us regarding any question that you may have.

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  • What types of payment are accepted by Eye Surgeons of Indiana?

    Eye Surgeons of Indiana accepts various payment forms for deductibles and copays, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and Care Credit (Apply).

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  • How much does corneal cross-linking cost?

    Please contact our practice for specific pricing information.

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  • What is keratoconus?

    Keratoconus, often referred to as “KC”, is a non-inflammatory eye condition in which the typically round dome-shaped cornea progressively thins and weakens, causing the development of a cone-like bulge and optical irregularity of the cornea. This causes “static” in your vision and can result in significant vision impairment.

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  • Will I need to be out of my contact lenses for this process?

    Yes. Typically, doctors ask their patients to stop wearing contact lenses prior to surgery for one week. Once treated, patients may not be allowed back into contact lenses for 1 month.

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  • Can anyone tell by my appearance that I have had cross-linking?

    No. There is no change in the appearance of your eyes following cross-linking.

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  • What can I expect after the procedure?

    • You should not rub your eyes for the first five days after the procedure.

    • You may notice a sensitivity to light and have a foreign body sensation. You may also experience discomfort in the treated eye and sunglasses may help with light sensitivity.

    • If you experience severe pain in the eye or any sudden decrease in vision, you should contact your physician immediately.

    • If your bandage contact lens from the day of treatment falls out or becomes dislodged, you should not replace it and contact your physician immediately.

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  • What can I expect during the procedure?

    • After numbing drops are applied, the epithelium (the thin layer on the surface of the cornea)

    is gently removed.

    • Photrexa Viscous eye drops will be applied to the cornea for at least 30 min;

    • Depending on the thickness of your cornea, Photrexa drops may also be required.

    • The cornea is then exposed to UV light for 30 minutes while additional Photrexa Viscous

    drops are applied.

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  • What is riboflavin?

    Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is naturally occurring in the body, including the eye. It is a photosensitizer. Riboflavin is non-toxic and is used as an additive in food and pharmaceuticals.

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  • Does Eye Surgeons of Indiana provide transportation to and from surgery?

    Yes! Our van service provides door-to-door transportation to Surgical Care Center.


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  • Does corneal cross-linking require removal of the epithelium?

    Yes, your doctor will apply topical anesthesia to numb the eye prior to the removal of the eipthelium. This process helps to prepare your eye so that the drug can penetrate the tissue of the cornea to have an effective cross-linking procedure.

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