At The Eye Center, we are passionately committed to helping you conquer the challenges posed by keratoconus, a progressive eye condition that affects the shape of the cornea. Our mission is to provide personalized and compassionate care, guiding you towards improved visual clarity and improving your quality of life. Embrace a brighter future by scheduling an appointment at our conveniently located centers in Okmulgee and South Tulsa today.
What is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is a non-inflammatory eye condition that causes the cornea — the clear front surface of your eye — to thin and bulge into a cone-like shape. This can lead to visual distortions that might impact everyday tasks such as driving and reading. The condition typically begins during the teenage years and can worsen over time if left untreated.
Causes and Risk Factors of Keratoconus
- Keratoconus can be influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. These include:
- Genetics: Family history plays a significant role. If you have a close relative with keratoconus, you may be at a higher risk.
- Eye Rubbing: Excessive rubbing of the eyes can weaken the cornea, increasing the likelihood of developing keratoconus.
- Chronic Eye Irritation: Conditions like allergies or chronic eye rubbing can lead to corneal thinning.
- Underlying Health Conditions: Certain systemic diseases, such as connective tissue disorders, can be associated with keratoconus.
Identifying the Symptoms: Early Detection Matters
Detecting keratoconus in its early stages is crucial for successful management. Some common signs and symptoms to watch out for include:
- Frequent Prescription Changes: If you find your glasses or contact lens prescription frequently changing, it might be an indication of keratoconus.
- Increased Sensitivity to Light: Light sensitivity or photophobia is common in keratoconus patients due to corneal irregularities.
- Glare and Halos: Seeing halos or glares around light sources, especially during nighttime, can be a symptom of keratoconus.
- Ghosting or Double Vision: Blurred or ghosting vision, where images appear multiple times, is another possible sign.
Exploring Treatment Options: Restoring Clarity to Vision
At The Eye Center, we prioritize personalized care with a compassionate touch. Our experienced eye doctors understand the impact of eye conditions on your daily life. During your comprehensive eye exam, we will take the time to listen to your concerns, assess your vision thoroughly, and discuss your medical history to make an accurate diagnosis.
The choice of treatment depends on the severity of keratoconus and the patient's individual needs. Some notable treatment options include:
- Specialty Contact Lenses: Custom-designed contact lenses, such as scleral or hybrid lenses, provide a smooth and comfortable surface for your cornea, significantly improving vision.
- Corneal Cross-Linking (CXL): CXL is a non-invasive procedure that strengthens the cornea using ultraviolet light and riboflavin drops, halting the progression of keratoconus.
- Intacs Inserts: Intacs are small, biocompatible devices inserted into the cornea to reshape its surface, enhancing vision clarity.
- Corneal Transplant: In advanced cases, a corneal transplant may be considered, replacing the diseased cornea with a healthy donor cornea.
Take Charge of Your Vision – Book an Appointment at The Eye Center Today
If you suspect you might be suffering from keratoconus or experience any of the symptoms mentioned, don't hesitate to book an appointment at our convenient locations in Okmulgee and South Tulsa. Early intervention can prevent further vision deterioration and enhance your quality of life.
We are here to help you safeguard your sight and embrace a future with clear vision.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Keratoconus
Can Keratoconus be Prevented?
While you can't prevent keratoconus, early detection and proper management can help slow its progression.
Can I Still Wear Contact Lenses with Keratoconus?
Absolutely! Our optometric team at The Eye Center offers specialty contact lenses designed specifically for keratoconus, such as scleral lenses, to enhance your vision and comfort.
Will I Need a Corneal Transplant?
Not everyone requires a corneal transplant. Our experts will assess your individual condition and explore other treatments first.
Is Keratoconus Painful?
Keratoconus itself isn't painful but can cause discomfort due to dry eyes or eye strain.