Keratoconus

Keratoconus 2018-07-24T16:59:26+00:00

Keratoconus Treatment Can Preserve Clear Vision

Keratoconus is a progressive disease that causes blurred vision and sensitivity to light.  While there is no cure for Keratoconus, early intervention by our doctors can help manage and potentially slow the progression of the disease. Contact us today to learn more.

A normal cornea is round and dome-like. In patients with Keratoconus, the cornea thins and becomes cone-like in shape. This type of corneal condition can affect just one eye or both, and typically affects teens and young adults. Current research suggests imbalanced enzymes in the eye leave the cornea vulnerable to damage, which leads to the development of Keratoconus. It is also believed that the condition is genetic and can affect multiple family members. Other causes may include excessive sun exposure, ill-fitting contact lenses, and chronic eye inflammation or infections.

The most common initial sign of Keratoconus is blurred vision, especially when trying to view or read objects up close. Other signs of Keratoconus may include:

  • The appearance of “halos” around lights at night, making driving difficult
  • Blurred and double vision
  • Heightened sensitivity to bright light
  • Eye strain and eye fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Sore or irritated eyes from excessive rubbing

These symptoms may indicate Keratoconus, or they may result from another serious eye condition. The only way to find out is through a professional eye exam and proper diagnosis.

Early detection allows for more conservative treatment options.  Custom-made lenses (hybrid softs or gas-permeables) can neutralize the astigmatism induced by Keratoconus and improve vision while helping stabilize corneal changes.

In more advanced cases, corneal cross linking (CXL) can be pursued.  CXL is an intervention that stabilizes and can even improve the shape of the cornea, leading to improved visual acuity and easier fit of contacts.

In severe cases, your doctor may recommend a corneal transplant. This procedure removes the diseased corneal tissue and replaces it with healthy donor tissue. While the procedure can restore vision, you will likely continue needing contacts or eye glasses.

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