What to expect during the iLink® procedure
From the day of the procedure to your recovery, here’s what you need to know.
How long the treatment takes
The actual procedure takes about an hour, but you should plan to be at the office for about 2 hours in total to allow sufficient time for preparation and post procedure evaluation before you return to the comfort of your own home.
How the procedure feels
You may experience some discomfort in the treated eye in addition to some sensitivity to light following the procedure.
What you’ll experience during the procedure
Typically, you will be awake during the treatment. You may be given medication to help you relax and numbing anesthetic drops to ensure that you don’t feel any discomfort.
What to do following your cross-linking procedure
Avoid rubbing your eyes
Manage your pain
Be patient while your eye heals
When to contact your doctor
If you experience severe pain in the eye or any sudden decrease in vision, you should contact your eye doctor immediately.
If your bandage contact lens from the day of treatment falls out or becomes dislodged, you should not replace it and should instead contact your doctor immediately.
Ulcerative keratitis, a potentially serious eye infection, can occur after treatment in rare instances. Your doctor should monitor defects in the outermost corneal layer of the eye for resolution. The most common ocular side effect to occur is haze.
For the full list of potential side effects, see Prescribing Info
Want to know what questions to ask your doctor about iLink?
After each iLink procedure, the eye doctor will:
Monitor each person’s recovery
Manage vision and eye health
Check for prescription changes
iLink may change the shape of the cornea.
iLink through the eyes of a person with KC
Bekah was diagnosed with keratoconus when she was 36 years old, after she failed her vision exam at the DMV. Like others who are diagnosed with this disease, Bekah didn’t know anyone who was living with keratoconus. She researched keratoconus and potential treatments online and after talking with her doctor, she ultimately decided on iLink.
In this video series, Bekah covers her experience, from nervous preparations leading up to her procedure day through her recovery period.
Part 1 of 2
Part 2 of 2
Day after procedure
48 hours post procedure
5 days post procedure
10 days post procedure
Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.