Keratoconus is an eye condition that makes the cornea thinner and bulge outwards into a cone-like shape. This condition can affect one or both eyes. At Arvada Optometric Center, we offer keratoconus treatment to alleviate the symptoms and restore your vision. Our eye doctor will perform a thorough eye examination to diagnose the problem and determine the best treatment method. Our eye care services aim to help you get timely solutions to your vision issues so you can return to your everyday life.
What Causes Keratoconus?
The exact cause of keratoconus is unknown. Things that increase your odds of experiencing keratoconus include:
- If someone in your family has ever gotten keratoconus, you are more likely to develop it
- Overexposure to UV rays
- Excessive eye rubbing
Symptoms of Keratoconus
Some of the most common symptoms of keratoconus include:
- Blurred vision
- Itchy eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Distorted vision
- Light streaks
- Seeing halos around bright objects
Complications of Keratoconus
Keratoconus can cause a condition called corneal hydrops, where fluid from the eye flows into the cornea. This causes severe pain and sudden vision loss. This happens if a part of the cornea breaks. Although it is a rare condition, it must be detected early to preserve your vision.
Can You Prevent Keratoconus?
It is easy to prevent keratoconus by doing the following eye care practices:
- Wear sunglasses when outdoors to protect the eyes from UV rays
- Avoid rubbing your eyes
- Make sure your contact lenses are well fitted
- Get treated promptly you are having trouble seeing
Diagnosis and Treatment
If your optometrist suspects you have keratoconus, they will examine your eyes for diagnosis. They will test your vision's sharpness and may dilate your eyes using eye drops. You will also be asked to give more information on your medical history so your eye doctor can understand the condition deeply.
Treatment varies according to the severity of your condition. If you have mild keratoconus, the optometrist might prescribe glasses or contact lenses. Gas permeable lenses are often prescribed to correct keratoconus and require special fitting.
The eye doctor might recommend other treatment methods, such as a cornea transplant, for severe cases of keratoconus. During a cornea transplant, a part of the entire cornea is removed and replaced with that of a donor. However, not many people require further treatment after getting glasses or contact lenses.
Keratoconus Treatment in Arvada
At Arvada Optometric Center in Arvada, we understand that the eye is a very sensitive organ that requires utmost care. For more information on keratoconus or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (303) 424-5282