Getting Insurers’ Attention About Corneal Cross-Linking
Corneal cross-linking (CXL) allow surgeons to improve quality of life for patients with keratoconus, post-LASIK ectasia, and other degenerative corneal disorders, according to a recent article. CXL can also reduce costs for insurers as it allows patients to forgo corneal transplant.
Ophthalmologists must be vocal about the lack of insurance coverage for CXL, presenting data showing its benefits, the article’s author notes. Currently, at least one payer in more than 35 states will cover CXL, but coverage needs to expand so the procedure can be offered to younger patients who likely have limited resources.
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Jedlicka J. Next steps for CXL. Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today. July, 2018.