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Keratoconus is not a common disease but it isn’t necessarily rare. 1 in 1,000 people are affected—mostly young African American and Latino men. However, females and other nationalities can be affected, too. Our specialists have the experience and tools to diagnose and treat cases whether the disease is in its early or late stages.
Treating keratoconus with scleral contact lenses
There are several options in treating mild to severe keratoconus including scleral contact lenses. Because the cornea is misshapen, standard lenses do not account for the shape of your cornea. Scleral lenses are custom fit to accommodate the abnormal shape.
What is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a degenerative affliction of the eye. It is characterized by changes in the shape of the cornea which changes the way light reaches the retina, resulting in blurred and distorted vision.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q.What causes Keratoconus? It is unknown exactly what causes keratoconus. Some theorize that allergies and/or genetics can affect the enzymes in the eye which may cause the cornea to become misshapen.
- Q.What treatment options are available for keratoconus? Early stages of keratoconus may be treated with regular eyeglasses. Later on, we may recommend intacts (a surgically placed device that can reshape the cornea), a combination of UV light and eye drops which may strengthen the cornea, or in the most severe cases, a corneal transplant.
- Q.How is keratoconus detected? Early stages of the disease are characterized by mild blurring of the vision, slightly distorted vision, increased sensitivity to light, and eye redness. During an eye exam, your provider will measure the curve of the cornea which can show a change or abnormality in its shape.
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