Keratoconus FAQs

If you’ve been diagnosed with keratoconus, or you suspect you may have it, finding out more about it is the first step. At Richardson Eye Associates, we can help you get the information you need about this condition. If you’re in the Richardson, TX, area and need treatment for keratoconus, reaching out to us can help ensure you’re getting the help and support that’s right for you. There’s no reason to continue to live with a treatable condition when help is available to you.

Keratoconus FAQs Answered by a Richardson, TX Optometrist

What Is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a progressive disease of the eye. Normally, the cornea is round. But with keratoconus, the cornea develops a cone shape instead. This bulging shape can cause serious problems for your vision.

The cornea is responsible for some important things in the eye, including protecting the eyes from UV rays, dirt, and germs. The cornea also bends and focuses the light coming into your eyes to help you see clearly. With keratoconus, the light doesn’t bend correctly due to the bulging and cone shape.

What Kinds of Symptoms Does It Produce?

Symptoms of keratoconus can include vision that’s distorted and blurry, along with double vision when one eye is closed. Halos around lights at nighttime, “ghost” images, and sensitivity to light are also symptoms of this condition.

If you have these symptoms, along with frequent headaches or streaks when you’re looking at bright lights, keratoconus could be the reason why. It’s also important to remember that other eye health conditions can cause some of these same symptoms, so diagnosis is important.

What Are the Treatment Options?

Keratoconus that’s progressing despite treatment may need a procedure called corneal crosslinking. It’s 98% effective in stopping the problem. But most people don’t need to go that far, and treatment with contact lenses that help reshape the cornea is often the first line of defense. These lenses are usually RGP (rigid gas-permeable) or scleral lenses, as these are better at reshaping the cornea than standard soft lenses. With good treatment and monitoring, the progression of the disease can often be stopped.

Contact Us for Help Today

If you’re in the Richardson, TX, area and have concerns or questions about keratoconus, Richardson Eye Associates is here to help. We know how important good eye health and proper vision is to your quality of life and your ability to work and engage in the hobbies you enjoy.

We can help you manage your keratoconus with effective treatment methods, so it doesn’t have a significant impact on your life. Then you can have more peace of mind, knowing your condition is being managed, and you don’t need to worry about dealing with it on your own. Give us a call today at (972) 231-3439 to schedule your appointment.

 

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