Visit Our Optometrists for Keratoconus Treatment
You could have keratoconus and not realize it. This problem develops slowly over the years, but symptoms often appear in teenagers or young adults. Regular eye exams can spot this and provide ways to protect your vision from getting worse. If you are in Fort Worth or Lubbock and need a comprehensive eye exam, then come see us at The Vision Center. We can diagnose and treat keratoconus and many other eye conditions.
What Happens with Keratoconus?
The cornea of your eye has the responsibility of directing light to your retina. By collecting and funneling light correctly, you can see clearly. However, if the cornea is misshapen, it does not correctly send the light to the right place in the back of your eye.
If you have keratoconus, the cornea has a cone shape that worsens over time. This cone shape does not focus light the right way. At first, you may have astigmatism and minor blurriness. Over time, though, the blurriness worsens, and you could get scarring on your cornea.
How Do Optometrists Diagnose Keratoconus?
First, the eye doctor will perform a comprehensive eye exam. During this exam, the optometrist will test your vision and look at the topography of your cornea. Ideally, you should have annual eye exams because the eye doctor can compare your current cornea measurements with past information. Significant changes can indicate a rapidly worsening of keratoconus, which may require aggressive treatment such as contacts that reshape your cornea or surgery.
What Can an Eye Doctor Do to Treat Keratoconus?
The first line of treatment is corrective lenses. Typically, mild versions of keratoconus only need vision correction with glasses or contact lenses. If you choose contacts, you may need rigid gas-permeable lenses or scleral lenses to help flatten your cornea back into its normal shape.
You may need a procedure called corneal cross-linking to prevent further shape changes in your cornea. If you have a severe form of keratoconus that resulted in corneal scarring, you may require a cornea transplant. Only your eye doctor can tell you about the right treatment options for your vision.
Protecting and Preserving Your Vision with Eye Care in Lubbock
For keratoconus diagnosis or treatment, you need to work with an eye doctor you can trust. Our optometrists have decades of experience, collectively. Connect with The Vision Center in Fort Worth, Lubbock, and soon in Dallas by messaging us online or phoning us at the number for the location nearest you.