You may have many questions if you are someone who has just been diagnosed with keratoconus. Treatment may even be frustrating if you have tried many different things. This is why it is essential to visit an optometrist if you are noticing any symptoms so he or she can treat you right away. We have treated many patients here at Today's Vision Creekside. We help patients in and around the Woodlands and Tomball areas.
What Is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus changes the shape of your cornea from round to cone shape. It is a progressive eye disease. The cornea plays two important roles. It is responsible for bending and focusing light to enable you to see. It also helps to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, germs, and dirt.
What Are the Symptoms of Keratoconus?
Symptoms of keratoconus may include:
- Distorted or blurry vision
- Halos at night time
- Streaks when looking at bright lights
- Frequent headaches and sensitivity to light
- Triple ghost images
- Double vision
How Does Keratoconus have an Effect on a Person's Life?
Your quality of life can be significantly impacted since your vision is affected dramatically. Many patients find it difficult to watch television, read, work, and even drive. It also tends to lower a person's confidence and increase overall stress. It affects a person's ability to participate in recreational sports and may even affect your personality.
Is Keratoconus Common?
Believe it or not, keratoconus is more common than most people think. 1 in 400 people today have it. This number has increased significantly than what it used to be. This is because more people can get a proper diagnosis quickly due to new advancements in technology and awareness. In optometry, many doctors have even dedicated themselves to help patients regarding treatment.
Do We Know What Causes Keratoconus?
We only know that it develops when protein fibers in the eye begin to weaken. This results in the cornea losing its shape. One cause of this weakness to take place may be caused by free radicals in the eyes. Patients with keratoconus do not produce enough antioxidants that are built to fight these free radicals off. The weakness in the eye may also be a result of constant eye rubbing. It may also be genetically related.
How Is Keratoconus Treated?
Treatment depends on the type of keratoconus you have. It may be treated by one of the following:
- Scleral lens
- Small RGP lenses
- Hybrid lenses
- Custom soft lenses
- Standard soft lenses
- Standard eyeglasses
Contact Us for an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with an optometrist here at Today's Vision Creekside, give us a call. We can help patients in The Woodlands and Tomball. Contact us to see how our team can help.