Corneal Crosslinking Coverage in the United States

Crosslinking for Keratoconus: Coverage in the United States

U.S. Insurers Covering Cross-Linking

Here is the most recent information we have received regarding cross-linking coverage in the United States:

Corneal Crosslinking Coverage in the United States May 2017

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FDA-Approved Crosslinking for Progressive Keratoconus

FDA has approved corneal collagen cross-linking for keratoconus in April 2016. this approval only covers the crosslinking products developed by Avedro, Inc, which include Photrexa Viscous and Photrexa (riboflavin ophthalmic solution) and KXL System (UVA light source). this FDA-approved method involves corneal epithelial debridment, hence it is known as epithelium-off or epi-off.

Visit Avedro's website for a list of doctors who perform corneal crosslinking for progressive keratoconus and corneal ectasia following refractive surgery:


  1. Any word on BCBS of Massachusetts?

  2. Any advice for those of us dealing with denial due to "experimetal" quality of the cross linking-appealing BCBS of Illinois and looking for guidance

    1. Ditto. I just called BCBS of Illinois and got the same explanation. FDA approved, yet "experimental"...

  3. How about BCBS of Western New York. I spoke with them on the phone and they said to do a pre-authorization. Is it possible if I get one of those, it still won't be covered?

  4. Anyone have any luck with United Healthcare?

  5. Is BCBS of Virginia going to cover CXL?

  6. This says kaiser but when I called them they said they don't.

  7. Anyone able to get Tricare to cover this procedure?