Receiving a keratoconus diagnosis can leave you with a lot of questions. For many, the biggest one is “how do I find a physician near me to treat my progressive keratoconus?” Finding the right physician may be different for everyone – perhaps you were referred by your optometrist, you may have a family member or friend who is an ophthalmologist, or you simply found someone on the internet. Regardless of how you found your doctor, it’s important to ensure that they are the right one for you and that they offer FDA-approved treatments!
Searching For The Right Specialist
After you are diagnosed with progressive keratoconus, the word cross-linking may have been brought up in conversation. It’s only natural that the next step is to start searching for a doctor that offers this procedure. To help you find a keratoconus specialist that offers iLink® – the ONLY cross-linking procedure that is FDA-approved and covered by insurance – we put together a physician locator tool. The Living with KC physician locator includes only U.S. physicians that are performing iLink® FDA-approved cross-linking. Simply enter your zip code or state in the search field and it will return a list of all of the keratoconus specialists in your area by radial proximity that are treating progressive keratoconus with iLink®.
The Living with KC physician locator also provides the option to search for physicians who offer Special Needs Procedural Accommodations. If your loved one has special needs, a physician who is familiar with making the appropriate accommodations will know how to make your loved one as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
Confirm They are Offering iLink®!
Once you have identified an ophthalmologist to treat your progressive keratoconus, confirm that they are performing iLink® FDA-approved cross-linking. Many members of the keratoconus community are unaware that some cross-linking procedures that are offered have not been approved by the FDA. Because of this, people need to advocate for their own eye health and ask whether they will be receiving iLink®, the only FDA-approved cross-linking treatment for progressive keratoconus.
Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor what device he/she uses for cross-linking and whether the procedure is FDA-approved or investigational. If you’re not sure if your doctor is offering iLink®, head to our locator to make sure your doctor is listed!
Find a Specialist Today!
If you are trying to find out if a physician’s office is offering iLink® FDA-approved cross-linking and if the procedure is covered by insurance, Dr. Joseph D. Iuorno of Commonwealth Eye Care Associates shares the following tip: “Visit Living with Keratoconus and you will find excellent, up-to-date information about keratoconus and cross-linking. On the Patient Resources tab, you will find additional sources of information. In addition, you can ‘Find an Expert’ near you as well as look at insurance coverage in your area.”
As with any medical decision, discuss the iLink® procedure with your doctor to determine if it is right for you. While you may feel alone at first, you can connect with others in the keratoconus community who may be going through a similar experience. Don’t forget to follow Living with KC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information on keratoconus and iLink® FDA-approved cross-linking.