Symptoms Of Keratoconus
Keratoconus frequently starts to develop during teen years to the early 20s, however, it can develop at any age. Changes in the shape of the cornea occur gradually, usually over several years. In most patients with Keratoconus, both eyes eventually become affected.
Early Stages Of Keratoconus
Keratoconus damages the cornea. The cornea is the clear, central part of the surface of the eye. In those patients affected by the disease, the cone-shaped cornea deflects light and causes distorted vision. Keratoconus progresses more rapidly in people with certain medical problems, including certain allergic conditions. It could be related to chronic eye rubbing.
Do You Have Keratoconus?
The disorder is caused by a decrease in protective antioxidants in the cornea. The eye doctors at Peachtree Corners Eye Clinic gives each patient a thorough examination to measure the curvature of the cornea. The cornea of a Keratoconus patient becomes thin and takes on an irregular, cone shape.
Some frequent signs that you may be struggling with this condition might include:
- Frequently needing to change eyeglass prescriptions
- Progressive nearsightedness
- Blurred vision
- Consistent problems with glare and light sensitivity.
Schedule an appointment with our optometrist today and let’s help you see the world clearly again.
Keratoconus Treatment & Management
Scleral (contact) lenses or hybrid (contact) lens are considered the most significant technological advancement in the management of keratoconus. These comfortable lenses are usually the choice that our eye doctor prescribes because of their ability to create a smooth symmetrical ocular surface needed for clearer vision, without the discomfort that may be associated with traditional rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses. Frequent visits to the optometrist may be necessary to make certain the fit and prescription of your lenses are correct, especially if Keratoconus continues to progress.
Additional treatments are often recommended to help slow down the progression of corneal thinning. These include corneal crosslinking procedures that are minimally invasive and help strengthen the collagen framework in the cornea. Although this is not a fix for the visual acuity, it does prevent further progression of the disease and significantly improve later visual prognosis. Our office works very closely with surgeons in the area to arrange treatments when necessary.
If you or someone you love may be struggling with this eye disease, schedule an appointment with us. Let our family help take care of yours.
See the Difference
Peachtree Corners Eye Clinic also understands that trying to treat every patient with the same tool is not a wise approach. For that reason, our doctor is well trained in a wide variety of specialty contact lens treatments for conditions like keratoconus and difficult to fit prescription. These include made to order, hybrid and scleral contact lenses.
We also treat, manage and co-manage most medical ocular conditions. Glaucoma, cataract, macular degeneration, and ocular surface diseases like infection and dry eye syndrome can be treated with all the latest technology and pharmaceuticals.
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