Keratoconus is an eye disease that causes thinning of the cornea.
Our doctors are specialists in treating keratoconus. This condition often appears during a person’s teens and early 20’s. As with any eye problem, our goal is to help you maintain good vision.
As keratoconus progresses, the corneal tissue thins, and the surface of the cornea changes shape. The cornea starts to bulge into a cone-like shape. This change in shape causes vision to become blurry and images to appear distorted.
A 2016 university study* found increased risk for this disease among these groups:
- Downs Syndrome
- Those with sleep apnea
- Family history of this disease
Regular eye exams are an important part of diagnosing this condition and other eye problems. We can perform a simple test, called a topography, to create a map of the surface of the eye. Changes to this map over time are an indication that this condition is developing.
Prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses can help you see more clearly in the early stages of keratoconus. Our doctors can advise you in the best way to treat this condition. Many treatment options are available including specialty scleral contact lenses, gas permeable contact lenses, and corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) which strengthens the corneal tissue.
*Study conducted at the University of Michigan Health System’s Kellogg Eye Center May 2016 read more at http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/keratoconus.htm