Corneal cross linking HOUSTON

Corneal Cross-Linking (CXL)

Do you suffer from keratoconus or a corneal ectasia? Corneal Cross-Linking, or CXL, is the only known treatment that halts its progression. While CXL will not restore the cornea to its previous shape, it can preserve or even improve the contour of your cornea. CXL should be performed as soon as possible before the keratoconus/ectasia progresses and causes vision loss.

“My initial consultation and following corneal cross-linking procedure from Dr. Sura was done with compassion and the highest skill set I’ve experienced.”


Top reasons to choose SuraVision for Corneal Cross-Linking.


You will benefit from the protection of Corneal Cross-Linking for years to come.


If you show progression of keratoconus after CXL, we will repeat the CXL procedure at no extra charge.


Dr. Sura is a specialist in the treatment of keratoconus, ectasia, and other types of degeneration.


Corneal Cross-Linking can stop the progression of keratoconus, preventing the need for a corneal transplant in the future.


You will have the most personable, caring staff throughout your Corneal Cross-Linking procedure and subsequent follow-up care.


You will meet directly with Dr. Sura, your surgeon, to discuss your vision needs.


Our Corneal Cross-Linking pricing is all-inclusive, which includes follow up appointments, case management, and eye medication.


Your Corneal Cross-Linking procedure is performed with the most advanced technology and techniques available today.


You receive personalized diagnostic testing of your eyes during your Corneal Cross-Linking consultation.


When you arrive, you become the center of attention.

Is it possible to get vision correction if I have keratoconus?

It depends. We can proceed with a vision correction procedure such as topography-guided PRK or ICL to improve your vision. Topography-guided PRK involves creating a “map” of your cornea, which allows the laser to tailor the reshaping of your cornea to your specific needs. This allows for improved vision. Some patients on stronger prescriptions may also benefit from ICLs or RLE. Keratoconus is a unique condition. Some keratoconus patients may not be good candidates for vision correction and may benefit more from contact lenses. A comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Sura is the only way to determine the best method for vision correction.

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How does CXL work?

Cross-Linking works by strengthening the cornea and prevents keratoconus from worsening. Special eye drops are used to saturate the cornea of the eye. Then a UV light is used to activate the drops, which form strong bonds between the molecules of the cornea. This results in the “cross-links” that work to strengthen the corneal surface. Cross-Linking can be an effective way to slow keratoconus progression and may even reverse some of the damage.

“Corneal Cross-Linking is the only treatment available that is able to slow or halt the progression of keratoconus, and corneal ectasia...”

—Ophthalmology Times

Patient-Focused Care is Our Standard (But Don't Take Our Word For It)

Every patient has unique eyes and a unique story. We welcome you to read the stories of the many happy patients we’ve been honored to serve at SuraVision. These individuals made the phone call, made the drive to our office and made the decision to transform their lives through one of the Modern Vision Correction procedures we offer at SuraVision. We invite you to do the same!

CXL questions? We've got answers.

Is Corneal Cross-Linking Safe?

Corneal Cross-Linking is a safe procedure. The epi-on method has an impressive safety profile with almost no risk of scarring or infection. CXL stops the progression of keratoconus, which if left untreated, may lead to the need for a corneal transplant. CXL is a much safer procedure than a corneal transplantation.

Does Corneal Cross-Linking hurt?

Anesthetic eye drops are used to avoid any discomfort during your procedure. A few hours after the procedure, your eyes will feel a bit uncomfortable. By the next day, these symptoms significantly improve.

Will CXL improve my vision?

Corneal Cross-linking stabilizes your cornea, sometimes improving your vision. The main goal of CXL is to stop the progression of your keratoconus. Once the progression has been stopped, different procedures for vision correction may be possible.

How long does CXL take?

Corneal cross-linking takes about 1-hour per eye in most cases. If two eyes are being treated at once, the procedure takes approximately two hours.

Can you see after CXL?

You may find your vision is blurry immediately after CXL. This blurry vision is temporary and usually recovers in one to two days with the epi-on treatment method.

When can I return to work after CXL?

Most of our CXL patients return to work two days after the procedure. The day of the procedure, we recommend relaxing at home and the use of post-operative drops. The day after CXL, the vision may still be a little blurry and sensitive to light.

Great vision starts with SuraVision.

If you have keratoconus, the first step is to schedule an evaluation. Medical insurance will help cover the cost of the consultation. If you do not have medical insurance, we only charge $3,000. This consultation is one of the most comprehensive eye exams available in Houston. During your visit, you will meet directly with Dr. Sura to determine the best plan for you.

Take the next step to securing your vision.

Do not put off scheduling a consultation. Corneal Cross-Linking may keep you from needing a corneal transplant in the future.

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