Keratoconus Treatment from Your Family Eye Doctor
Most of the patients diagnosed with keratoconus at our Cypress, TX optometry practice are young people. Our family eye doctor notes that symptoms usually appear between the ages of 10 and 25. Comprehensive testing at our Today’s Vision Cypress - Fry Rd office can reveal this and other vision disorders. Our goal is early detection and treatment.
Overview of Keratoconus
An individual suffering from keratoconus has a cornea that has bulged and that eventually assumes a shape like a cone. This is due to thinning of the cornea. In some cases, signs such as blurred vision and light and glare sensitivity do not appear for a decade.
That is because the progression of this condition is unpredictable, varying significantly among patients. Knowing what they might expect but not when it will occur is very frustrating for some patients.
Tiny fibers of collagen keep the cornea in the correct position in a normal eye. However, in a patient with this disorder, these fibers have weakened, allowing the cornea to bulge. These are the most common symptoms our patients experience:
- Distorted or blurred vision
- Frequent eyeglasses or contact lens prescription changes
- Increasing light and glare problems, especially at night
- Sudden clouding or worsening of vision
Our optometrist indicates that although researchers have not found a specific cause of keratoconus, they suspect that genetic and environmental factors might be involved. One of every 10 patients diagnosed with this condition has a parent with it. Another potential factor is an abnormal antioxidant level.
Eyeglasses are the typical therapy for individuals with early-stage keratoconus. Our family eye doctor explains that as the disorder progresses, patients have additional treatment options.
Our optometry practice is able to help many sufferers by prescribing a regimen of successive types of contact lenses. The exact order of use is soft, rigid gas permeable, piggyback, hybrid, and scleral lenses.
Also potentially beneficial is collagen cross-linking, which combines ultraviolet light with vitamin B12 drops. Another option is the use of intacts, implants that help the corneal curve return to normal. When a corneal transplant is the most appropriate option, our optometrist will make a recommendation for surgery.
Schedule an Exam with Our Optometrist in Cypress, TX
Make sure you enjoy the best vision possible with regular exams by our Today’s Vision Cypress - Fry Rd optometrist. Whether your family members need corrective eyewear, pre- or post-operative services, or testing for disorders such as keratoconus, our Cypress, TX optometry practice offers high-quality care in a comfortable environment. Take a moment today to help protect your vision by calling us at 832-220-6168 to schedule an exam with our family eye doctor.