Keratoconus Treatment from Your Optometrist in Dover and Milford, DE
Our optometrist notes that many people consider keratoconus a young person’s disorder since symptoms usually appear between ages 10 and 25. The best outcome occurs when our eye doctor is able to make an early diagnosis. Patients can undergo screening for this condition and other potential vision problems at their choice of our Vision Quest Eye Care Center, Inc. office in Dover or Milford.
What is Keratoconus?
Keratoconus is the result of thinning of the cornea, causing it to bulge and eventually assume a shape like a cone. This might take a decade or longer and can result in blurred vision and light and glare sensitivity.
Our optometrist explains that in a patient without this disorder, tiny collagen fibers secure the cornea. Weakened fibers in patients with keratoconus allow it to bulge and affect vision.
One possible cause cited for this weakening is a reduced level of antioxidants. Some researchers point to genetic and environmental factors, citing a 1 in 10 chance of having one parent with this condition. However, no specific cause has been identified.
A lack of predictability in how corneal bulging will advance frustrates many patients. While some undergo rapid corneal changes, others find the same amount of bulging might take several years. These are the most common symptoms:
- Vision that is distorted or blurry
- Increasing frequency of changes in corrective eyewear prescriptions
- Growing light and glare sensitivity, especially after dark
- A sudden worsening or clouding of vision
In its early stages, our eye doctor is able to treat keratoconus with corrective eyeglasses. As corneal bulging increases, additional therapies are available.
A prescribed successive regimen of contact lenses—soft, rigid gas permeable, piggyback, hybrid, and scleral—is beneficial to many individuals. One option is combining eye drops containing vitamin B12 with ultraviolet light in a procedure known as collagen cross-linking. Another therapy is the insertion of intacs, implants used to create a more normal curve of the cornea.
In some cases, our doctor recommends a corneal transplant for a patient. Our practice diagnoses the disorder and provides patient care both before and after eye surgery.
Schedule an Exam with Our Optometrist at Dover or Milford
Patients treated by our Vision Quest Eye Care Center, Inc. staff enjoy one-on-one personal attention plus the latest in eye care technology in a relaxed, comfortable setting. Our optometrist provides a full range of vision services, from prescribing corrective eyewear to diagnosing conditions such as keratoconus. Our top priority is making sure that our patients have healthy eyes. Enjoy the best vision possible by calling us today to schedule an eye exam at our Dover (302-678-3545) or Milford (302-424-9424) office.