Keratoconus refers to an eye disease in which the cornea bulges and ends up shaped like a cone. It is a result of the cornea’s abnormal thinning due to weakening protein fibers that support its shape. While there is no exact cause of keratoconus, certain risk factors include heredity, constant eye rubbing and poorly fitted contact lenses.
People diagnosed with keratoconus often don’t understand the full nature of this eye disease. In today’s blog, the eye care and vision therapy pros at Insight Vision Center Optometry discuss debunk some of the myths surrounding this condition.
Keratoconus Results in Blindness
The condition doesn’t always lead blindness. It can, however, impair vision to the point that it can be difficult for the person to perform basic life activities. Extensive scarring in the cornea as well as the inability of the eyes to tolerate contact lenses may occur as keratoconus progresses. It would warrant the patient to undergo a corneal transplant.
Corneal Transplant Is the Only Treatment Option
Eyeglasses and soft contact lenses can help treat symptoms of keratoconus. However, progressive forms of the condition will involve a variety of treatment options. These include the use of hybrid, rigid gas permeable (RGP) and scleral lenses as well as corneal crosslinking (CXL) and conductive keratoplasty. Corneal transplant is the last resort when other therapies no longer provide acceptable vision.
Only Young People Develop This Condition
Anybody can be diagnosed with keratoconus simply because age isn’t a known risk factor. Note that keratoconus happens to 1 in every 500 people.
Turn to Insight Vision Center Optometry to learn more about keratoconus. You can even undergo an eye exam with us to find out if you have symptoms of the condition. From there, we will consider all of your options and your particular situation.
We are the eye care center for your vision therapy and special corrective eyewear needs. Call us at (714) 988-6179 to get started. You may also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, CA.