Keratoconus is a condition in which you experience vision problems due to the shape of your cornea. Optometrist Saly Elias and her team at 2020 Family Vision in Southfield, Michigan, are experts in diagnosing keratoconus and using specialized contact lenses to correct your vision. If you're experiencing vision problems, you should arrange to visit the 2020 Family Vision as soon as possible. Call to schedule a comprehensive eye exam or book an appointment online today.
Keratoconus is a condition affecting the cornea in your eye. The cornea is the outer lens of your eyeball through which you see. Healthy corneas are dome-shaped to match the round shape of your eye.
If you have keratoconus, it means your cornea can't keep its shape. Instead, it develops an outward and downward bulge, forming a cone shape. The problem occurs if the collagen fibers in your eye that usually hold the cornea's shape become weak.
These corneal changes mean your eyes can't focus, causing problems with your vision. If you have keratoconus, you shouldn't undergo LASIK surgery for vision correction.
Keratoconus can cause symptoms such as:
If you have symptoms like these, the 2020 Family Vision team can examine the shape of your cornea to see if you have keratoconus. They do this using corneal topography, a technology that takes and analyses a photo of your cornea.
When you first get a keratoconus diagnosis, the 2020 Family Vision team can provide new eyeglasses or contact lenses. Glasses are often effective for people who have mild keratoconus. Contact lenses can help both with mild and more serious cases.
Contact lenses provided at the 2020 Family Vision are specialized ones, typically either scleral or rigid gas permeable lenses. The team can also refer you for additional treatments if necessary, but most patients find contact lenses resolve their problems very effectively.
You could undergo several procedures, including cornea collagen crosslinking to stop the keratoconus worsening, corneal implants to reduce the cone shape, and phototherapeutic keratectomy laser treatment to improve contact lens comfort.
If your keratoconus worsens to the point where contact lenses are no longer effective, a corneal transplant surgery may be necessary.
To find out more about treatment options for keratoconus, call 2020 Family Vision, or book a consultation online today.