Keratoconus

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Simply Eyes

Optometrists located in Colleyville, TX

Keratoconus is an eye disease that can cause blurry, distorted vision and may increase refractive errors like myopia, too. Although the symptoms are frustrating, the Simply Eyes team in Colleyville can use their decade-plus of experience along with the latest medical advances to solve your keratoconus problems and restore great vision. Use online scheduling or call the office to book your visit now.

Keratoconus Q & A

What is keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a disease affecting the cornea, the clear dome that covers the front of your eyes. A healthy cornea is rounded gently, but in keratoconus, the cornea thins and gradually bulges outward into a cone shape.  Keratoconus can significantly distort vision, often making it difficult to perform day-to-day tasks.

Keratoconus is inherited in about 10% of cases. Eye allergies and frequent eye rubbing may play a role as well, but the main cause of keratoconus is still unknown.

What are the symptoms of keratoconus?

Keratoconus causes fairly mild symptoms in the beginning stages, but they grow more pronounced over time. Usually, keratoconus develops in late adolescence or early adulthood and then steadily becomes worse over the next 1-2 decades. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Vision distortion
  • Increased sensitivity to bright light
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions
  • Sudden worsening or clouding of vision
  • Poorly fitting contact lenses

It is also fairly common for keratoconus sufferers to increased refractive errors. For example, if you already suffer from myopia (nearsightedness) or astigmatism, keratoconus may further distort your vision. This often results in frequent prescription changes.

How is keratoconus diagnosed?

Your Simply Eyes doctor may diagnose keratoconus during a regular comprehensive eye exam. Corneal topography is an important part of the diagnosis. Corneal topography creates a map of your entire cornea to show irregularities in detail. This quick and painless test may be performed at Simply Eyes if needed.

How is keratoconus treated?

Treatment varies according to your symptoms. If keratoconus causes only minor problems, like gradual worsening of nearsightedness or astigmatism, you may not need treatment beyond a new eyeglasses prescription.

Special contact lenses, such as scleral or gas permeable lenses that help flatten your cornea, may also be good solutions for keratoconus.

If vision correction through glasses or contacts is not adequate to control keratoconus, your eye doctor at Simply Eyes may recommend one of the following options.

  • Intacs: Corneal implant that flattens your cornea
  • Collagen cross-linking: Treatment combining UV light and liquid riboflavin stiffens the cornea
  • Corneal transplant: For severe keratoconus, surgery to replace the cornea with a donor cornea

Your Simply Eyes doctor will prescribe the most conservative solution to give you optimal results.

Use the online scheduler or call Simply Eyes to book your appointment for keratoconus help today.