At Yaryan Eye Care Center, we treat patients from Connersville, IN, Brookville, IN, Rushville, IN, and elsewhere in the surrounding area. We treat patients for a wide variety of different conditions including keratoconus. Keratoconus is a fairly common condition, yet most patients know little about it. We often get questions from patients about this condition, and we are happy to share our knowledge. Read on to see the answers to several frequently asked questions about keratoconus.
What is keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a disease that affects the cornea in the eye. It causes the cornea to become misshapen and thinned out. If left untreated for long enough, the cornea will essentially be destroyed and a corneal transplant will be necessary.
When does keratoconus usually begin?
Keratoconus usually begins in your teenage years. However, it is often not diagnosed until much later. This is because it may initially cause symptoms that are identical to those of minor vision problems.
What are the symptoms of this condition?
At first, keratoconus usually presents with blurry vision. A patient (and even their optometrist) may originally think they simply have astigmatism. However, keratoconus can progress to extreme sensitivity to light and even severe damage to the cornea.
How can keratoconus be treated?
There are multiple treatment options for keratoconus. As long as the cornea has not yet been severely damaged, we will prescribe you specialized contact lenses. The lenses that are best for keratoconus include scleral contacts, rigid gas-permeable lenses, and hybrid contact lenses. If your cornea has been severely damaged, contact lenses will not help. We will give you a referral to a leading ophthalmologist for corneal replacement surgery.
Make an Appointment With a Leading Optometrist Today
If you suspect that you may have keratoconus, you need to make an appointment with an optometrist as soon as possible. The condition will only get worse if you do not get treatment from an eye doctor. When you come in for your appointment, an eye doctor from our team will examine your eyes to determine if you do have keratoconus. If you do, we will come up with an effective treatment plan. If you're in Connersville, IN, Brookville, IN, or Rushville, IN, contact Yaryan Eye Care Center today to learn more about our treatment options for keratoconus.