If you have been recently diagnosed with keratoconus, you may have many questions. Keratoconus is a condition that causes the cornea to become distorted over time. The team at Warm Springs Optometric Group in Fremont, CA, has put together the following list of answers to the questions we most commonly receive concerning this condition. We hope it helps you familiarize yourself with this eye disease and the treatment options available to you.
What Are the Symptoms of Keratoconus?
If you have keratoconus, you will experience symptoms such as sensitivity to light, eye irritation, distorted or blurred vision, and astigmatism as the condition progresses.
Who Gets Keratoconus and What Causes It?
Typically, people begin to develop keratoconus in early adulthood for reasons that are not known. However, certain factors may contribute to the development of keratoconus including excessive eye rubbing, inherited traits, and weak or thin corneal tissues.
Are There Complications Associated with Keratoconus?
Patients suffering from more severe cases of keratoconus may have tiny tears in their cornea, which can cause swelling. This is caused by the corneal tissues bending until they break. The swelling can last for months which can significantly reduce a person’s already impaired vision.
Can Eyeglasses or Contacts Correct Keratoconus?
Both contact lenses and eyeglasses have limited ability to correct keratoconus if the disease has already progressed beyond its early stages. Patients may achieve good results from gas-permeable contact lenses because they have a more rigid center area and allow the corneas to maintain their shape.
What Type of Lenses Can Treat Vision Impairment Caused by Keratoconus?
A good option for those suffering from keratoconus for vision improvement is reverse geometry contacts. They consist of a curve that makes up for the visual distortion seen in enlarged corneas. Scleral lenses are also a good option since they provide a steady curve and cover the entire cornea, thus correcting any visual impairment without resting entirely on the cornea.
Will My Eyesight Get Worse or Will I Eventually Go Blind?
While keratoconus is a progressive disease that causes your eyesight to worsen over time, you will not go completely blind. It is impossible to predict how fast your condition will progress, and while you will not go blind, you may experience low vision. However, with an early diagnosis and prompt treatment, your vision can be corrected to a point where you can live a normal life.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist for Keratoconus Treatment in Fremont, CA
Call Warm Springs Optometric Group today at (510) 490-0287 for more information on keratoconus treatment or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist.