What Is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is an eye condition that typically affects people between the ages of 10 and 25. People with this condition have corneas with a conical shape instead of round. Fortunately, there are some ways to treat the condition.
Cornea & Cataract Consultants of Nashville is here to help. Read on to learn more about this condition and the treatment options available to our patients in Nashville, Franklin, Murfreesboro, and the surrounding areas of Tennessee.
When this condition is in its early stages, sufferers may notice their vision becomes blurry. This often means it is hard to focus on objects that are far away, and it becomes very difficult to see at night as bright lights tend to develop halos.
In the early stages, these vision issues can be corrected with soft contact lenses or glasses that reshape light before it enters the eye. This allows the brain to process a clearer picture of the world. In many cases, the progression of this condition can slow down considerably or stop. When this occurs, people can use these corrective lenses for years.
If the condition continues to progress, however, it may become necessary for an eye doctor to use hard contact lenses or scleral lenses to correct vision. These types of lenses must be specially made.
In some cases, keratoconus has progressed to the point that surgical options should be considered.
There are eye care surgeries that are used in an attempt to correct the cornea, but these usually have a low chance of success because the tissue becomes so thin there is very little for an eye surgeon to work with.
A newer technique called corneal collagen cross-linking has been used with some success to treat keratoconus. While this procedure is relatively new, it has been shown to stop the progression of this condition, eliminating the need for future surgical procedures.
Another option when corrective lenses no longer work is to perform a corneal transplant. This can be a fairly invasive surgery with a long recovery period. It's important to note, however, that this condition rarely progresses to the point where a corneal transplant is necessary.
Call Us Today
Cornea & Cataract Consultants of Nashville is proud to serve residents of Nashville, Murfreesboro, Franklin, and the surrounding areas of, TN. Call our ophthalmologist office today at (615) 320-7200 if you think you may have keratoconus or have already been diagnosed and are looking for treatment options.
We can schedule your exam with our eye surgeon to review your symptoms and treat the condition right away.