If you have been diagnosed with keratoconus, you're not alone. In fact, this condition affects many people in the United States. Even though it's not a well-known condition, keratoconus is one of the most common reasons for corneal transplants in the U.S.
At Yaryan Eye Care Center, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve and maintain optimal vision health. If you live in or around Connersville, IN, Brookville, IN and Rushville IN, and are looking for an optometrist, we invite you to schedule an appointment at one of our offices. In the meantime, read on to learn more about keratoconus and what can be done to treat it.
What Is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a disorder of the eye. It technically causes the cornea to become thin and cone shaped. This irregular shape prevents light from entering the eye properly and results in distorted vision.
Keratoconus typically begins in adolescents or young adults and progresses slowly over time. In its early stages, keratoconus may be difficult to detect because it only causes mild blurry vision that can often be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. As the condition progresses, however, it may become impossible to correct vision with glasses or contacts, and patients may experience more severe symptoms such as:
- Blurry vision
- Distorted vision
- Glare and halos around lights
- Sensitivity to light
- Frequent changes in prescription needed for glasses or contacts
At this point, an eye doctor on our team may recommend one of the treatments options discussed below.
Treatment Options for Keratoconus
Here are a few treatment options for keratoconus:
- Glasses or contact lenses: In the early stages of keratoconus, corrective lenses may be all that is needed to improve vision. However, as the condition progresses, and your cornea becomes more irregularly shaped, traditional lenses may no longer provide adequate correction.
- Specialized contact lenses: There are several types of specialized contact lenses that can help correct vision in patients with keratoconus. These include rigid gas permeable contact lenses (GP), hybrid contact lenses, and scleral lenses. At Yaryan Eye Care Center, an eye doctor on our team will work with you to find the type of lens that provides the best resolution for your needs.
Schedule an Appointment at Yaryan Eye Care Center Today
If you live in Connersville, IN, Brookville, IN, and Rushville IN, or any of the surrounding communities and you're looking for an optometrist who can help you manage your keratoconus (or another eye condition), we invite you to schedule an appointment at Yaryan Eye Care Center and call us at (765) 377-1241.