Treatment Options for Keratoconus

Treatment Options for Keratoconus

Treatment Options for Keratoconus

Treatment Options for Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition that affects the cornea, the clear front surface of the eye. It is characterized by the thinning and bulging of the cornea, which takes on a cone-like shape. This distortion can significantly affect the quality of vision and may lead to significant visual impairment.


This condition is relatively rare, affecting 1 in 2,000 people worldwide. It typically starts during the teenage years and progresses over the next 10 to 20 years. The rate and severity of progression can vary greatly among individuals. For some people, keratoconus can be a minor inconvenience, while for others, it can be a significant disability.


The Impact of Keratoconus on Vision


Keratoconus can have a profound effect on a person's vision. The cornea's primary function is to refract, or bend, light onto the retina. However, when the cornea becomes distorted due to keratoconus, it can no longer perform this function effectively.


This irregularity in the cornea can cause significant visual distortion, such as double vision, halos around lights, and streaking. These vision abnormalities can make daily tasks such as reading, driving, or using a computer more challenging.


As keratoconus progresses, the cornea can become scarred. Scarring further reduces vision quality and can lead to significant visual impairment. In severe cases, a corneal transplant may be necessary to restore vision.


What are the Treatment Options for Keratoconus?


When considering treatment options for keratoconus, the goal is to improve vision and halt or slow the progression of the disease. The choice of treatment often depends on the severity of the condition and how quickly it is progressing.


In the early stages, keratoconus can often be managed with eyeglasses or soft contact lenses. These can help to correct the mild nearsightedness and astigmatism caused by the early bulging of the cornea.


As the condition progresses, however, glasses or soft contact lenses may no longer provide adequate vision correction. At this stage, other types of contact lenses, such as rigid gas permeable lenses or hybrid lenses, may be used. These lenses are more effective at correcting the irregular shape of the cornea caused by keratoconus.


Maintaining Healthy Vision with Proper Treatment 


Keratoconus is a complex eye condition that can significantly impact vision. However, with early detection and appropriate treatment, it can be effectively managed. Whether through glasses, contact lenses, non-surgical procedures, or surgery, there are several options available to help individuals with keratoconus maintain their vision and quality of life.


For more information on treatment options for keratoconus, visit 20/20 EyeVenue in our Westminster or Strasburg, Colorado office. Call (720) 740-0400 to schedule an eye exam today.

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